學校及科系：Fieldston High School
SAT正式考試成績：Math：780分、Evidence-Based Reading and Writing：760分
SAT正式考試日期： 2019 年8月24日／2019年10月5日
Hi! My name is Denika Kao, and I’m currently a junior at Fieldston High School in New York City. I’m interested in the biomedical sciences, and am thinking of pursuing pre med in college. I had to take the SAT as it’s a required standardized test (SAT or ACT) for almost all colleges and universities in the U.S., and I plan on staying within the country for my college education. I wanted to be able to get a head start on studying during the summer before my junior year to alleviate stress and workload when school started – which is why I turned to美加.
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