A Guide for Parents: Questions to Ask About College Admissions

When should my child start preparing to apply for colleges? Most students begin preparing for college admissions the summer before their senior year and do the majority of their application work the following fall. That being said, there is nothing wrong with becoming familiar with prospective colleges and their requirements before then. One way to get students motivated to be on top of the preparation process is to take them on college tours early in their high school careers. Seeing the bustle of student life on campus along with hearing all the requirements first hand from tour guides can help

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SAT ACT Differences

10 Key Differences Between the SAT and ACT

Most people have heard of both the SAT and ACT, but what makes them distinct from each other? In this detailed SAT vs. ACT investigation, we discuss the top 10 differences between the two tests and explain what these differences mean for test-takers. And in closing, we give tips to help you decide which test is right for you. At first glance, the SAT and ACT seem pretty similar. They are both nationally accredited standardized tests that are common admission requirements for schools in the United States. Taken primarily by high school juniors and seniors, they test proficiency in various

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the evolution and history of the sat

History of the SAT

The SAT is always evolving. From the scoring system to the content itself, the SAT undergoes a constant process in order to retain its status as the primary standardized test for college entrance. But what is the history of the SAT, and how did we get here, to the current version of the exam known as The Redesigned SAT? To fully answer this question, we must look back in time to 1926, when Princeton professor Carl Campbell Brigham organized the first official SATs, or formally, Scholastic Aptitude Tests. These exams were based upon the Army Alpha/Beta test used in World War I

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How to Write a Personal Statement for College

What’s the Point of the Personal Statement Essay The personal statement is a chance for admissions officers to know who you are beyond grades and test scores. What exactly does this mean? Admissions officers want to gain insight into your personality and how you would be a valuable addition to their school’s community. Are you ambitious? Creative? Analytical? Inquisitive? Such qualities are difficult to glean from the mere numbers they are provided within other parts of the college application. We have all heard the phrase, “you are more than the sum of your parts.” This is true of everyone – college applicants included – although

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What do colleges look for?

When you’re sending out your college applications, there’s something you should keep in mind: while they’re definitely looking for candidates who will do well in their classes, they’re also looking beyond graduation, when they get to add you to their list of alumni. So, when it comes to college admissions, grades and test scores are important, but do they tell admissions officers everything? And do they really indicate anything? The short answer is . . . yes, but not on their own. While a 2.5 GPA likely won’t get you into a T-10 regardless of the accomplishments you may have

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Wendy Y.
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