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March Madness: Tips to Prepare for the SAT and ACT

Last Updated on Mar 13, 2021 9:34:00 AM

March Madness isn’t confined to the basketball court! It spreads to homes all around America, because March means it’s time to start taking the SAT and ACT! So, here are a few tips to build your testing muscles.

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7 Things to Remember When Submitting Your College Applications

Last Updated on Jul 22, 2020 9:00:00 AM

  1. PRINT A COPY OF EACH APPLICATION FOR YOUR RECORDS

Immediately before submitting each application, print a copy of it. Then print a copy of the confirmation of submission and payment of application fee. These things sometimes slip through the cracks, and you need to have “evidence” in case your application and/or payment gets lost in the shuffle.

Once you have successfully submitted an application… don’t forget the final pieces of the puzzle. The devil is always in the details, and you’ve got some details to look after!

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How Should I Complete the Common App Testing Section?

Last Updated on Jul 20, 2020 6:00:00 PM

Most of the Common App is pretty straightforward to complete, but one question we hear quite often from our students is “How should I complete the Testing page?” Unfortunately, the answer isn’t straightforward.

You should fill in your test scores and dates on the Common App Testing Section based upon the type of scores you wish to self-report.

Topics: College Admission, Common Application, Test-Prep, College Application, Educational Consulting

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Topics: College Admission, Common Application, Test-Prep, College Application, Educational Consulting

The Coronavirus and College Admissions: Part 2

Last Updated on Apr 22, 2020 12:00:00 AM

In an interview posted on Kusi.com, under the title “Navigating college admissions amid Coronavirus pandemic,” Robert Massa, who teaches about higher education at the University of Southern California and is a former admissions dean from Johns Hopkins University and Dickinson College, offered these thoughts, among others, on how the COVID-19 pandemic could affect a student’s quest to attend the school of their choice.

Topics: College Admission, Test-Prep, College Counseling, College Planning, Coronavirus

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Topics: College Admission, Test-Prep, College Counseling, College Planning, Coronavirus

Is There A Future Doctor in the House?

Last Updated on May 27, 2018 11:39:00 AM

If so, the future physician is almost certainly going to be faced with taking – and passing – the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), a product of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).  The MCAT is a standardized, computer-administered, multiple-choice exam with no questions requiring writing. Some form of the MCAT has been part of the medical school admissions process for 90 years; it’s required for admission to almost all medical schools in the U.S. and many in Canada; and it’s taken by over 85,000 prospective physicians each year.

Topics: Test-Prep, MCAT

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Topics: Test-Prep, MCAT

Death from College Cost Sticker Shock and How to Avoid It: Part 1

Last Updated on Apr 19, 2018 4:07:03 PM

First, relax, because there’s very little chance that you’ll pay full sticker price for your child’s college education; and if the costs are still too high, there are actions you can take to reduce them.

Topics: Ivy League, ACT/SAT, Test-Prep, Educational Consulting, Financial Aid

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Topics: Ivy League, ACT/SAT, Test-Prep, Educational Consulting, Financial Aid

Know How Various Grades Are Different

Last Updated on Aug 16, 2017 12:51:45 PM

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is the #1 piece of information that schools look at when they’re considering applicants — in fact, it would probably be the #2, and #3 things, too, if that made sense. It’s been that way forever, and it’s not going to change within your lifetime, if ever.

Topics: Test Scores, College Admission, Test-Prep, College Application

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Topics: Test Scores, College Admission, Test-Prep, College Application

Summer-Time Guidance For Students

Last Updated on Jul 5, 2017 4:26:26 PM

We’re seeing the back-to-school ads already, and we are barely into July! Summer is well underway, so it’s time for you college-bound students to seal the deal and set your sights on next steps. Here are ten that we recommend:

Topics: Test Scores, College Admission, ACT/SAT, Test-Prep, College Planning

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Topics: Test Scores, College Admission, ACT/SAT, Test-Prep, College Planning

Deferred ≠ Dead

Last Updated on Dec 29, 2015 12:00:00 AM

 

…and not just because colleges defer the living rather than the dead. However, you could hasten your possible death by doing nothing about your deferral letter.

Who said it best? Well, there’s a duel going on in this writer’s mind between two wordsmiths. Both are pretty accurate: Harrison Choate, a staff writer for The [Harvard] Crimson, who wrote in an April 12, 2014 article, “First of all, [if you got deferred] you did not get rejected. If they really did not want or like you, they would have had no qualms about rejecting you.” On the facing page, so to speak, is our own owner/mentor, Judi Robinovitz, who wrote in a February 15, 2012 blog, “If you weren’t rejected out of hand, then there was something about your application that made a positive impression.” (I haven’t chosen the better of the two, but I’ve got to acknowledge that both observations are awfully good.)

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New glitches just discovered in Common App: PERSONAL ESSAY

Last Updated on Oct 23, 2015 2:33:00 PM

This new issue is likely to affect your personal essay:

If you copy a multi-paragraph essay from an MS Word document into Common App, it will look fine when you copy it into the Personal Statement text box. But when you click “Preview” at the top of that screen to review the page as a PDF (or later review the entire application as a PDF when you’re preparing to submit it), the last paragraph will be missing!

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Topics: Test-Prep