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  1. Hi! I wanted to let you know that I will be in the Center on Friday , taking the ACT. I wanted to ask you if you maybe have some time to kill after I'm done with the ACT. I would love for you to look over my school list and my common app essay and give me some feedback, and discuss something I would like to ask you about Vanderbilt :) 

    Please let me know soon! 

    See you on Friday (Hopefully) 

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    2. maksimvojvodic


      My SAT Subject test scores came back.

      Math 1: 700

      Literature: 630

      Now, Im completely fine with my scores but I wanted to ask you if I should send them to schools, even though it might be below their range? Or is it counterproductive to send them if they are not nearly perfect?

    3. elz


      This is a tough question, Maksim. There are several points that you need to consider.  First the foundation of the U.S. higher ed application system is the consideration of the entire person.  While your subject test scores may not be sterling - the scores do indicate that you are quite knowledgeable in these areas. 

      That said, you also must consider the schools you are applying to and consider what the applicant pool looks like overall.  

      Honestly, I do not think that your subject test scores would rule you out - it is rarely a signal reason that rules you out or gets you in.  Your subject tests are one part of your story.  

    4. maksimvojvodic


      Okay, thanks for the info! I've sent them to Vanderbilt, and honestly I'm not too hopeful about it- I don't feel like i will get in. 

      That being said, I would also like to give you a small reminder about the email you mentioned you can write- it would mean A LOT to me, and I thank you for that! 

      I will be seeing you on Sunday, if I get to see you there I will definitely come say hi! :) 

  2. Quick question about CSS. What is Employer Earnings Statement and where can my mom get it. Do you maybe know what its called in serbian? Also, where can my dad (who is self employed) get that statement?


    1. elz


      I know the answer to this - the best way for her to break down her earnings is to get a copy of the forms that she signs each time she is paid, which shows a break down of her taxes, and the amount that she contributes to her benefits and pensions, and all the amount that her employer contributes. I inserted the name of the document in Serbian, and I believe that most people will recognize it: 

      Document that shows the breakdown of earnings.JPG

      Your father most likely pays himself the same way.  Then he has to take into account the value of his company.  Also, how did the SAT go?  I am concerned about your school list because you are putting yourself in such competitive pools that have single digit admission rates.  There are other schools that can also fund you that have better admission odds. 

      (I am always concerned about any student that does this.  If you wanted to bungee jump, but had a 5% survival rate, would you do it?)  




    2. maksimvojvodic


      thank you. SAT went well i believe, for some reason, my scores are still pending and i dont know what to think about it. Im not too worried about it tho. If they suck i just wont send them and thats it. I will be taking ACT on Friday, and ill bring those two prep books you gave me. im still modifying my list depending on my ACT scores (higher the score, more competitive the list will be.) There is no reason to worry about though, my list is half and half, the most competitive are Yale, Duke, UPenn, and Vanderbilt. Regardless of my scores I am not removing Yale and Vanderbilt, I am applying to those two either way. I have the most things done for my application, but I would really like someone to read my supplementals and main essay and give me feedback, and deadline is approaching very soon (next Wednesday)