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Apr 8 2007, 07:54 PM (Post #1)
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I'm off to visit Caltech for the next couple days ssmile.gif Enjoy all your free reign here and don't break my server.
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Apr 12 2007, 06:27 PM (Post #16)
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I'm going to Cal-Berkeley instead.


Good, because otherwise I would've had to come over and slug you hard. ssmile.gif
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Apr 12 2007, 10:15 PM (Post #17)
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800 on math (sat 1 and 2), but Caltech IS pretty selective—you're right. The bottom 25% of CIT admittants had 770 on the SAT math. That's one or two questions wrong, and chances are, they were just small errors that they didn't catch. I think the only reason I was offered admission was because I excelled in math and science, and I was familiar with technology (programming, anyone?), although my English skills weren't on par with my math/science skills stongue.gif

My reading score was much lower than CIT's 25th percentile stongue.gif I got a 680 whereas the 25th percentile of CIT's admittants list is 720.


Impressive. The SAT's really aren't hard. Basically, I'm good with very difficult math problems, and I find the stuff on the SAT's to be basically tedious. Of course when something is tedious, it is easy to overlook it. I think I got one question wrong, hence 780, but I only took it once, and never took the SAT 2, and I could have gotten 800 easily. Basically, the thing with math is that I often go for speed (which you shouldn't do), and that causes me to miss something subtle. A good example of something I would miss would be like: Solve for x: x^2 = 9, and I'd answer 3, as opposed to 3 AND -3. Something like that happened a little while ago. Of course the question wasn't that easy, but that was along the lines of the mistake I made.

Basically, in New York, some schools do these Math contest things, where it is basically 6 questions, you have 30 minutes to answer them, and your school sends in the top 5 scorers. I will post the last three we did later, maybe one a day for the next 3 days. Anyway, I was on top of my class every single time we did these, so you may find it sort of pathetic. Our school was actually above the state average, but there is this one private school somewhere, where everyone scores a 6 every time. There are 6 contests a year, so they always turn in their final score of 180 (5 people, 6 points, 6 contests). I was the third person ever in my school to score a 6, and probably the only person to do it more than once. Well, I've taken like 10 of them, and with that, I got 3 6's, 3 5's, 3 4's, and 1 3. Of course I finished strong, the lower scores were from earlier, when I was not as good at math, and when I basically had no idea what I was doing.

As far as English stuff, I basically bombed that section of the SAT also.

But I'm proud of my scores, basically because my school sucks. Most of that I had to learn on my own anyway.
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Apr 12 2007, 11:34 PM (Post #18)
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I loathed the SATs. Waste of my time. But since I am in college now, I have no capacity to care.
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Apr 12 2007, 11:57 PM (Post #19)
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Apr 13 2007, 12:04 AM (Post #20)
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QUOTE (Singularity @ Apr 12 2007, 03:15 PM)
Impressive. The SAT's really aren't hard. Basically, I'm good with very difficult math problems, and I find the stuff on the SAT's to be basically tedious. Of course when something is tedious, it is easy to overlook it. I think I got one question wrong, hence 780, but I only took it once, and never took the SAT 2, and I could have gotten 800 easily. Basically, the thing with math is that I often go for speed (which you shouldn't do), and that causes me to miss something subtle. A good example of something I would miss would be like: Solve for x: x^2 = 9, and I'd answer 3, as opposed to 3 AND -3. Something like that happened a little while ago. Of course the question wasn't that easy, but that was along the lines of the mistake I made.

Basically, in New York, some schools do these Math contest things, where it is basically 6 questions, you have 30 minutes to answer them, and your school sends in the top 5 scorers. I will post the last three we did later, maybe one a day for the next 3 days. Anyway, I was on top of my class every single time we did these, so you may find it sort of pathetic. Our school was actually above the state average, but there is this one private school somewhere, where everyone scores a 6 every time. There are 6 contests a year, so they always turn in their final score of 180 (5 people, 6 points, 6 contests). I was the third person ever in my school to score a 6, and probably the only person to do it more than once. Well, I've taken like 10 of them, and with that, I got 3 6's, 3 5's, 3 4's, and 1 3. Of course I finished strong, the lower scores were from earlier, when I was not as good at math, and when I basically had no idea what I was doing.

As far as English stuff, I basically bombed that section of the SAT also.

But I'm proud of my scores, basically because my school sucks. Most of that I had to learn on my own anyway.
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Thanks. The SATs really aren't that hard, and I can completely agree with you. I tend to go for speed, so I finished the math sections as fast as I could read the questions and answer choices (around 5 minutes), so I had tons of time to double check. Basically, that gave me time to do the problems over and over in multiple fashions to confirm the answer's right. And hence the question I missed was due to misinterpreting the question. (This was the PSAT, where I missed one on the math portion—this served as a reminder for me to read questions CAREFULLY)

And the questions I miss are the really stupid kind too. When a question has the word "even" in it, it really means it >_<...

I posted this on my blog, regarding my CIT trip:
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CIT wasn’t as great as I had expected. The classrooms I visited were much more crowded than I had expected from a college that proudly advertises a 3:1 student to faculty ratio, and the students sure didn’t seem as enthusiastic or passionate as I thought they’d be–I was the only one who answered the professor’s questions in Math 1C (Multivar. calc, etc).

To add to that, they were quite insistant that I won’t be getting any money, despite the huge (600 million dollar) allotment from Intel Co-founder Gordon Moore, among other sources of money. My lunch buddy said the donors earmarked all those funds to research, meaning I won’t be able to fully take advantage of my share in undergraduate studies. See, CIT has less than 1000 UG students, so if those 600 million were distributed equally among us UG students, each of us would have enough to purchase a decent Almaden house stongue.gif. Is the extra 25k/year, 100k total, over UC Berkeley worth it? I’m starting to doubt it.

The admission officers were especially cordial, though, after they realized I’m an admittant. They did basically tell me to f-off when I asked for a tour, but when I retorted that I got a package from them that INVITED me to take a tour (CIT in a day), the front-desk lady called over the counselor who promptly invited me into his room and gave me a lecture on CIT. And then he suggested I observe the Math 1C and Bio classes, and after that, he gave me 20 bucks to eat lunch with a Junior at CIT. The lunch was nice, and I found out a bit more about Caltech from the Junior CS major, like how the CS major emerged only a few years ago.
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Apr 13 2007, 12:19 AM (Post #21)
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You know, SCU has over $500 million in endowment, and $400 million fundraised. I'm sure if they distributed that to all 5,000 or so undergraduate students, we could all afford ourselves a nice house in Almaden too. stongue.gif

But what were the professors like in the classes? Did they ask for student opinion and feedback? Or were they too egotistical and wanted to get back to their research because students were the last thing on their mind? I would factor that in my decision, but seeing that CIT professors might not be that way and Berkeley professors definitely aren't that way either, it probably shouldn't be a choice for going.

But still Jinghao, go to Berkeley. More people. More girls. More majors. More diversity. There's just..... more...
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Apr 13 2007, 12:52 AM (Post #22)
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The upper division classes were much more interactive. I can imagine why, since most people probably already have the core classes (bio, chem, physics, calc, etc) under their belt in APs. The professors didn't seem egotistical to me
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Apr 13 2007, 05:57 AM (Post #23)
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Oh, nevermind.

I like how you refer to core classes as all science classes. sbiggrin.gif

What, they don't teach English, Languages, and whatever else at Caltech? stongue.gif
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Apr 13 2007, 05:52 PM (Post #24)
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Calc is part of the core classes too, and the "core classes" are the fundamentals of a CIT education—so I doubt you'd expect english
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Apr 13 2007, 07:17 PM (Post #25)
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Yeah, it is an "institute of TECHNOLOGY", lol.
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Apr 13 2007, 10:50 PM (Post #26)
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Well, I visited RIT today. Seems like a pretty good school.
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Apr 13 2007, 11:47 PM (Post #27)
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Got any pictures?
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Apr 14 2007, 04:42 AM (Post #28)
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Go on their website. stongue.gif
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Apr 14 2007, 02:37 PM (Post #29)
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No pictures, sorry. I like the location though. We're well outside of the crime section of Rochester, and right in the middle of all the outlets, stores, and restaurants. I'll probably never have to drive more than a mile, and whatever job I end up with won't be far away at all (I intend to work off campus, by the way). Overall, it was a good trip. It's about 3-4 hours away from where I live, and it's not far off the thruway. The school itself seems pretty awesome. I think I was bigger than all of the accepted applicants there too. The food court was awesome, the labs seem pretty good, and everyone was surprisingly nice. The only problems were that it is very cold out, combined with a lot of walking, and one tour guide was a student who didn't know anything about RIT. Basically, she would be like "This building is used for, uh, something, I don't really know anything about it." Yeah, I think she was unqualified. But, I definitely want to go there.
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Apr 14 2007, 04:14 PM (Post #30)
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I swear, everytime you guys start talking about school I feel more and more braindead rip.gif

Promise you won't forget us when you become a top-flight programmer for Microsoft or something? stongue.gif
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