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I have a LEARNING DISABILITY.....
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- My GPA=C+. I have taken 4 years of French, Math,
Science and English, including some AP classes, so I have taken the
standard collegebound full class load. I am also on 2 swim teams, I
volunteer in the community and have been working at the same place
for 6 years. I am a lifeguard and teach swimming. Although I try
very hard, my SAT scores are terrible (380/380). I do not test well.
How do I know which colleges are prepared to help me with my LD?
- Without knowing more about your learning disability, it would be
impossible to tell you what colleges would offer the kinds of
accommodations you need.
Although there are many colleges which do not consider the SAT
scores when they look at an applicant's credentials, you would be
doing yourself a disservice if you did not speak with the support
services or resource people at each college you consider. Whoever
helps you look for schools, whether it is your guidance counselor or
an independent educational consultant, must be able to understand
your educational evaluation thoroughly and find out if the supports
you need are readily available at the school you choose. Otherwise,
you will be simply throwing away time and money and will have a very
frustrating experience at college.
Your course load sounds quite good and your extracurricular
activities are excellent. Obviously you are a well-rounded student
who is trying very hard - this is really important to admissions
officers and they will definitely take note of the fact that you are
not a slacker.
If you use the same dedication in your college search, you will find
the college that is right for you. Don't be afraid to ask what
specific services are provided at each school''s learning resource
center. Visit the support center and have an interview with the
people who work there when you go up to tour the college. Since
these people may determine whether you sink or swim, make sure to
test the waters!
Some kids are never able to highlight their skills through the
medium of standardized testing. They simply need to package all the
other wonderful things about themselves in ways that catch the eyes
of the admissions officers.
Don't lose heart. Many schools look at standardized test scores as
just a small part of the total presentation. If you can prove that
they are the least important part of your total presentation, they
will have only a small influence on your college admissions
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