Category Archives: Standardized Testing

Changes Announced for the SAT Beginning 2016

Changes Announced for the SAT Beginning 2016

In statements this week, College Board President, David Coleman announced changes to the SAT, making this the first modification of the standardized college admission test since 2005. The eight changes are extremely relevant and will undoubtedly have a big influence on how students prepare for the test. Continue reading

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Why Drive to Colleges When Students Can Go Online? Guest Blog

You are just starting the college search process, and don’t know whether you want to attend a school – in a major city or in the country, and you’re not sure whether a “big” school would be “too big” for you.
You’ve started drafting your common application essay, and only now realize you could use a few pointers and a pep talk. Continue reading

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Applying to College In Another Age

“It was so easy to apply to college when I did it.” This is something I hear daily from parents across the country. Sure, a generation ago, we took the SAT once with no SAT II Subject Exams. Most of us applied to just one maybe two colleges using a black pen and paper and we snail mailed it. We really didn’t give it much thought after that. College was cheap. My first semester at UCLA was $150. Students that were qualified academically were accepted. So, what happened? Population growth as Baby Boomers’ kids reach college age, influx of international students, the Internet and the complexity of the college admissions process are some factors that contribute to the admission frenzy that now exists. Continue reading

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Common Application College Essay & Writing Supplements

Each of the colleges listed on the Common Application has the option of including a writing supplement. This is where the individual college may ask additional essay questions to gain more insight about the applicant. Continue reading

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What to Know About College Admission Decisions

As high school seniors work away on their applications, questions frequently arise regarding how admission decisions are made. Here are some things to keep in mind: • Ask for a copy of your high school’s profile and become familiar with … Continue reading

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College Admissions 2012: What Every Junior and Senior Should Know Join us for a Webinar on February 8

Space is limited. Reserve your Webinar seat now at: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/572722606 The winter months mark a new phase in the college admissions process. Whether you are the parent of a busy junior or a senior rapt with ‘senioritis’, there are important … Continue reading

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A Q & A On Everything College

What are some dos and don’ts for the admissions essay? A Few Starter Suggestions For Your College Essays Brainstorm possible topics and discuss ideas. Slice of life stories can be very appealing and just as noteworthy. Listen to suggestions and … Continue reading

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SENIORS NOW

SEPTEMBER – DECEMBER Prepare for and complete any standardized testing requirements and be aware of deadlines to register for tests. Confirm the different testing requirements of the colleges where you intend to apply. More information is here: www.collegeboard.com & www.act.org. … Continue reading

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SAT scores for college admissions hold steady

SAT test-takers from the class of 2010 who completed a core curriculum – defined as four or more years of English and three or more years of math, natural science, social science and history – scored on average 151 points … Continue reading

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Test Prep, to What End?

From Inside Higher Ed. The extent to which the SAT is coachable has long been central to debates about the ethics of the test. After all, if tutoring programs that cost money help scores, there is an obvious issue of … Continue reading

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