There are many parts to your application that will effect the ya or nay descion of a selction comittee of applicants.
Yale's Academic criteria of course hold a big weight in the admissions process, but test scores and grades is not the only factor that holds weight.
Each applicant brings something unique to the admissions committee table.
One applicant mayy have sparkling recommendations, while another applicant has mind blowing extracurricular talent; a powerful written voice in an essay can tilt the scale, or a candidates mathematical mind packs more punch.
Yales goal is to select a diverse, well-rounded freshman class, and that means admitting exceptional individuals of all types. Has this confused you even more? Just remmeber the part of the application that carries the most weight is different from applicant to applicant.
Yale's se;ection process is in place to ensure the selection of the best application possible. Yale admissions officers understand that the application process can be confusing, daunting, even overwhelming.
Keep in mind that Yale is not interested in any applicant saying all the right things according to a list. consider all aspects of your applications, not only to Yale but to every Ivy League school.