Having high SAT scores and brains is not enough to get a place at Harvard. According to Francis Kim, a third-year student, there is no one formula which the Harvard admission board looks for. 'If there were, then it would be simpler,' says Kim, in town for the week with the Harvard-Radcliffe Opportunes, Harvard's oldest mixed-sex a cappella group. 'What the board looks for is well-roundedness. That's not just academic excellence but your extracurricular activities, your personality and how you would fit in at Harvard.' As the musical director of Opportunes, Kim is in charge of the artistic direction, conducting and rehearsal schedules of the 16-strong group. They perform about four times a year on campus and are booked nationwide for private engagements - anything from weddings to business dinners. During their week in Hong Kong, their first performances in Asia, they have also managed to slip in shows at the American Club and at a private dinner for Morgan Stanley. Auditioning for a place in Opportunes is about as tough as getting into Harvard. Every year there are more than 200 applicants vying for between two and five slots. Considered one of the best collegiate a cappella groups in the US, their repertoire includes selections from jazz, gospel, Motown, pop and rock'n'roll. Tomorrow, they are giving a performance and holding a panel discussion at the YMCA in Tsim Sha Tsui on how to fill in college applications. 'Harvard graduates are not guaranteed jobs,' says Kim. 'But most are ambitious and hard-working, giving a high correlation between graduating and landing a good job.' For information on the performance and discussion, call Kaplan on 2359 9033.