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3 Tips for Succeeding at Online Classes

Friday, February 28, 2014

For those stuck in low-paying jobs and a tight employment market, getting a college degree is still one of the best ways to improve income potential. If you're working full-time and want to go back to school, finding time to attend classes is a huge hurdle. Read More

SAT REASONING TEST: Big Changes Coming!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Although details about the new test won’t be revealed until next week, we have learned that the changes may involve these three test components: Read More

Quicksand and the SAT (or ACT)

Friday, February 21, 2014

So many parents pass judgment on their children this way: “Oh, she’s a bad test taker.” And students pick up on that super fast. It’s common parlance; it seems every parent carries this notion like another key on a keychain of rationalizations. We hear it more from parents than we do from kids. We want to suggest a change in attitude and behavior.  Read More

Strategies for Stress Management During Midterms

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Days or weeks of constantly studying for midterms, being slammed down by pressure to excel, cause a great deal of mental and physical strain. Take a break and make an effort to reduce your stress, and you'll find you not only live a happier and healthier student life, but you'll also probably find it in yourself to get centered and do better on your exams as a result. Read More

Top five considerations in choosing your classes for next year

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Top five considerations in choosing your classes for next year Now that college acceptance letters are flying through the cold winter air bringing warm tidings to high school seniors and energizing their future aspirations, it’s time for you to think very carefully about what your high school transcript will reveal when your turn comes to apply to college. Here are our top five essential considerations.  Read More

10 Most Important Factors in College Admissions

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Much of the stress surrounding college admissions occurs because students and parents possess little first-hand knowledge of what colleges actually seek in students. With that knowledge, you can increase your potential for acceptance to your top-choice colleges by focusing on those strengths which are priorities for the college. I regularly participate in the creation of a national report, Top Ten Things Colleges Look For in a High School Student, from which the following list was prepared.  Read More

College Admissions Trends - We've got your number!

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Our long-standing affiliation with NACAC provides us with keen insights into the annual college application cycle. From NACAC’s 2013 State of College Admission report, we’ve gleaned some findings about recent admissions years that we thought you’d find illuminating. Read these statistics and draw some of your own conclusions as you approach college applications yourself.  Read More

When is the best time to take the SAT?

Tuesday, February 04, 2014


We’re asked all the time by both parents and students, “When’s the best time to take the SAT?” Our response echoes the College Board’s own recommendation to high school students: if you’re a high school junior, now is the time to get cracking! Read More

Test Optional Colleges

Monday, February 03, 2014

There are over 800 colleges and universities in the United States that make admission decisions without using the SAT or ACT. You can find this list at http://fairtest.org/university/optional. Some schools exempt students who meet GPA or class rank criteria, others require SAT or ACT scores only for placement or scholarships, and still others have more “flexible” testing requirement, such as submission of AP, IB, or SAT Subject Test scores in lieu of SAT or ACT scores.  Read More

How to Avoid Distractions While Studying at Home

Monday, February 03, 2014

Studying is difficult for many students, as it requires focused motivation and attention skills, neither of which are known as young people's strongest attributes. According to College Parents of America, students should spend approximately 2 to 3 hours of study time for each hour they attend class. While most students have the drive to study, many become easily distracted or lose their motivation quickly. From outdoor disturbances to hunger cravings, it’s crucial to learn how to control your surroundings and avoid distractions when studying at home to ensure academic success. Read More