The corresponding percentile of each scaled score varies from test to test—for example, in 2003, a scaled score of 800 in both sections of the SAT Reasoning Test corresponded to a percentile of , while a scaled score of 800 in the SAT Physics Test corresponded to the 94th percentile. The differences in what scores mean with regard to percentiles are due to the content of the exam and the caliber of students choosing to take each exam. Subject Tests are subject to intensive study (often in the form of an AP , which is relatively more difficult), and only those who know they will perform well tend to take these tests, creating a skewed distribution of scores.
BTW, colleges shouldn’t be afraid to conduct interviews. And have the adcom staff conduct the interviews, use Skype; don’t use alumni/ae. (I know of cases where Ivy League alum have been paid to give stellar marks on an interview.) Add the extra cost into the application fee. Chinese students tend to apply to way too many schools relative to American students; adding some to the application fee to cover the additional expenses for conducting an interview seems reasonable and may have the added benefit of limiting applications by Chinese students. (FYI, my guess is that the average Chinese student applies to 10-12 schools, but I know of a handful that applied to over 25! To me, this is fishing, not finding a fit.)
In college, as I became more politically engaged, my interest began to gravitate more towards political science. The interest in serving and understanding people has never changed, yet I realized I could make a greater difference doing something for which I have a deeper passion, political science. Pursuing dual degrees in both Psychology and Political Science, I was provided an opportunity to complete a thesis in Psychology with Dr. Sheryl Carol a Professor in Social Psychology at the University of Texas (UT) This fall I will complete an additional thesis as a McNair Scholar with Dr. Ken Chambers, Associate Professor in Latin American studies in the UT Political Science Department.