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Prepare for Ivy League Admissions in Middle School

by John

Middle school prep for Ivy League admissions

There’s a lot that you can do a middle school to prepare yourself for Ivy League admissions.

After all, the earlier that you start the smarter you’ll be, the more educated you’ll be, and as a result you’ll have a higher GPA in high school, you’ll have more experience taking standardized tests, preparing yourself for the AP test and SAT tests, and you’ll also have started performing well in specific extracurriculars that you can continue in high school.

The first thing you must do is take all the honors classes in middle school.

The reason for this is that once you start high school you will be ready to take the pre-AP and AP tests.

I discuss AP program a lot and rarely talk about IB – international baccalaureate – program because my personal experience was with the AP program. But for all you IB students out there, it’s a great program to do and if you have the choice, you can’t go wrong with either.

Ivy League Admissions is really tough, so study well to have a chance!

The other thing you want to do a middle school is to start participating in extracurricular clubs and activities that you’re really passionate about.

Examples can include science fair, language clubs, geography and spelling bees, athletic teams like basketball and football. By participating in these clubs and sports, you have a head start once you get to high school.

You may also compete at the middle school level and have that competitive experience and edge as you head into ninth grade.

I would highly recommend that you take the SAT test during this time. The Duke Talent Identification Program (TIP) is a great opportunity for you to gain some early exposure and practice on the SAT verbal, math, and writing before you have to take it seriously and high school

As I consistently recommend, you should definitely take standardized tests like the SAT and ACT as early as possible to give yourself more runway as you practice and prepare for the real thing!

Finally, get to know your teachers very well. A lot of them will ultimately migrate to the same high school and it’s nice if you’ve had a teacher for both middle school and high school years because they’ll know you much better and be able to write a really strong recommendation.

The basic key in middle school is to try a lot of different things so you can HIT THE GROUND RUNNING once you enter 9th grade. If you fall behind early, it gets harder and harder to keep up. While my admissions guide helps you compensate for that, the best solution is to simply start working hard from Day 1.

Good luck!

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