Recently, I’ve been getting a lot of questions like, “Can I do my interview before I submit my Part I?” and “What happens if my teacher recommendation gets to MIT before anything else?” I’d like to answer all questions of this sort.
You can do all of the parts of the MIT application in parallel. That is to say, order doesn’t matter. (All of this assumes you have registered for MyMIT, which, if you haven’t yet, you should do as soon as possible)
So, you can do you interview before submitting your Part I. If your teacher is on the ball and sends in your recommendation in September, we’ll hold on to it until the rest of your application comes in. The same goes for anything you might mail in (like a fee waiver request or supplemental recommendation). Mix and match as you see fit.
Also, if there are things that you’d like to include in your application, but that don’t fit in the online application (like photos of inventions/creations, extra pieces with formatted text, etc.), what you should do is submit the online application, and also send, via snail mail, the extra piece(s) to the Admissions Office. Be sure to include your name and date of birth. These can also come in either order.
One related question is, what if I plan to take standardized tests, such as the SAT Subject Tests, after the application deadline? What should I write on my application under test scores?
This is actually quite a common problem. We do ask you to write in your standardized test scores in the Part II, but note that we ask for “Date taken (or to be taken).” So it’s quite alright to write in a future date without a score, as long as that date is acceptable for the application deadline for which you’re applying (November tests or earlier for Early Action; December/January tests or earlier for Regular Action). I assure you we will receive these scores in plenty of time for consideration in selection committee.
Don’t worry too much about how you write in your test scores in the Part II. It is very helpful to us to have you write in your scores in a way that best reflects what you’ve done, but we’ll be focusing on your official scores sent to us by the testing agencies.
Please be sure to have the testing agencies send us your scores directly (don’t rush them): our SAT/TOEFL code is 3514, and our ACT code is 1858. Please use the same name on your standardized test registration and on your application, or we may have trouble matching the scores to the application.
All that being said, it’s a good idea to actually click that “Submit” button for the Part I. It will relieve a bit of stress for you, and will formally start your application folder. Congratulations on starting your college applications!