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When your GPA doesn't equal your GPA

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

When it comes to your GPA, the one that’s on your transcript is not necessarily the one that colleges will use! For example, the average GPA for a student admitted to Emory is in the 3.7-3.8 range, while the average GPA for a student admitted to Miami is 4.1-4.2. These numbers could lead you to draw an incorrect conclusion – that Miami is tougher to get into than Emory – but that’s simply not true! Emory uses a core GPA (counting courses only in English, math, science, social science, and foreign language) without any additional weight added for AP or Honors courses, while Miami takes the highest GPA directly off your transcript. In most cases, the GPA on the transcript includes all your courses and is heavily weighted to account for the Honors and AP level. Emory, on the other hand, separately analyzes the rigor of your curriculum, and that unweighted 3.7-3.8 GPA is complemented by a challenging a curriculum with a significant number of AP and Honors classes.  Read More

How to Decide Which Major is Right For You

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Choosing a major is a pivotal point in every college student's life. You might be swayed by the opinions of your parents, your friends or other professionals, but the only one that should decide what you'll be studying for the next four years is you. Selecting a major you'll enjoy that will in turn become a career you love is no easy feat. You could always leave things up to fate, use a flowchart or you could select a major by balancing passion with realism. Read More

The SAT Redesign (first test in March, 2016)

Friday, May 16, 2014

The New SAT will require similar skills, and test similar content to that of the ACT and the current SAT. Many of the changes to the new SAT’s format will make it look something like the ACT, but the SAT will remain at heart a reasoning test. Among the biggest changes to the SAT are the sharper focus on critical thinking and real-world problems, a new scoring system, and a major change to the essay. In the end, the new test will emphasize problem-solving and understanding context. Compared to the SAT, the ACT will remain more of an achievement test, where broad knowledge of many concepts, testing speed, and endurance will rule the day. Read More

Courses for Credit – A Brilliant Summer Opportunity

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Score At The Top offers courses for credit in a 1-on-1 or small group setting. Because our approach is so individualized, we can schedule courses at a student’s convenience – mornings, afternoons, evenings, and even weekends – and a student can start a course with us at any time. Our students can be certain that they will have the absolutely best possible learning environment, one that suits each one’s personal learning style. Read More

How to Turn an Internship Into a Job Offer

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Ninety-seven percent of employers plan to hire students to fill internship and co-op roles at their company this year, according to a study by the National Association of Colleges and Employers. Despite this promising number, it's actually a small drop in the number of interns who have been hired in previous years. Competition is tough, and if you're looking for an internship that will turn into a job offer, follow these tips to position yourself for success: Read More

FLVS Courses Free for Everyone…Except McKay Parents

Tuesday, May 13, 2014
In the shadowy back rooms of the Florida legislature, promises went unfulfilled. Despite considerable lobbying efforts on the part of concerned parents, the legislators did not fix a glitch in a bill. The passage of the bill now means that parents of students who receive McKay Scholarship monies will have deducted from the scholarship $770 (for a two-semester course) to pay for any (including summer) FLVS courses.

And You Thought It Was Safe to Apply…

Thursday, May 08, 2014

And it’s to those well-known schools that many students and their families turn when it comes time to apply. The news is that the schools that may have been considered targets, “safe” bets, or even shoo-in’s for a student no longer fit that description! In one stark example of the changes afoot, Vanderbilt University has in about ten years seen its acceptance rate fall from a stratospheric 60% in 1999 to an über-competitive 12.5% for last year’s incoming class.  Read More