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Final Exams: Break Glass, Pull Handle, or, How to Help Your High School Student

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

It’s crunch time in Florida. Exams imminent. Here are some suggestions about simple actions you can take to help right now:  Read More

The Common Application for 2013-2014

Friday, May 24, 2013

The Common Application for 2013-2014, with its new format, will be accessible on August 1, when it will launch for all CA schools.  Read More

The Latest Common App Essay Prompts (2013-14)

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Yes, the Common Application essays are a big thing. Think about it for a second: you’re applying to a particular school in just the same way that another ten, twenty, or thirty thousand other students are applying. Your dossier comprises statistics or all sorts, lists of activities, maybe awards. And the GPA. How can admissions wade its way through all the stats while getting no inkling of exactly what sort of person you are—beyond classes and test scores and volunteer hours? One answer is ––––– trumpets, please: the personal essay.  Read More

Gold in Them Thar Hills: The Independent Educational Consultant

Friday, May 17, 2013

A recent survey (Lipman Hearne & the National Research Center for College and University Admissions) found that more than a quarter of “high achieving” high school seniors use services of Independent Educational Consultants (IEC’s) to optimize college search. When 1,300 high school seniors with SAT scores of 1150 or higher (out of 1600) and/or ACT scores of 25 or higher were asked, 26% percent said they had worked with an IEC.  Read More

More Common Application Questions, 2013-14

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Here are the next three Common Application Questions for this application year:  Read More

ACT Testing Goes Virtual

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

The change is significant, considering that more college-bound students took the ACT (around 1.7 million) than the SAT in 2012. The creators of the ACT appear to be moving towards computer-based testing cautiously, a wise choice according to Robert Schaeffer of FairTest, an organization critical of standardized testing. Schaeffer cited several recent problematic examples of state efforts to adopt computerized testing systems for the Common Core State Standards exams.  Read More

A Guide to Becoming a College Student: 15 Practical Parenting Tips

Monday, May 06, 2013

Between the years 2000 and 2010, enrollment in degree-granting institutions increased 37 percent to 21 million students, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. What does this tell you? You're not alone planning ahead to get your child ready for college. There are numerous resources at your fingertips and here are some practical and specific suggestions for parents to get you started. Read More