Okay, so I am an international student (i.e not a citizen or resident of the U.S or Canada), and will probably need some financial aid. That makes it a lot harder to get into MIT from what I've heard. Anyway, is MIT even a possible goal for me, or am I being over-ambitious? Here are some of the things I did in high-school (I am home-schooled). Academic: Cambridge GCE O' Levels: A* in Maths and Physics. A in Biology, Chemistry and English Took the SAT Reasoning Test. Got a 2100/2400 (730 in Reading, 710 in Math, 660 in Writing). Intend to take the SAT Subject Tests in Math Level 2, Physics and Chemistry Intend to take my A Levels in Oct/Nov, this year in Maths, Physics and Chemistry Got A+ in Maths and Physics, and A in Chemistry and Biology all through grades 9, 10 and 11 in high-school. Extra-Curricular: Self-learnt Computer programming, achieved proficiency in C and Python, along with working knowledge of C++, Java and C# Learnt a bit of Web Development with HTML/CSS and worked with Java Applets Own a blog, in which I wrote a few educational posts. Do I have what it takes to get into MIT? I am really passionate about Physics, and intend to study it at the best university that will take me.