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Admissions Intel from UF, FSU, FAU, FL Poly, and New College: Submitting your SSAR

Posted on Nov 7, 2017 10:15:57 AM

From five Florida State University System schools, we have this important information about submitting the Student Self-Reported Academic Record (SSAR).

Topics: College Admission, College Application, College Planning

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Topics: College Admission, College Application, College Planning

Read. Think. Write. A world of difference with truly professional test prep.

Posted on Oct 19, 2017 5:34:48 PM

In the very midst of focused preparation for college entrance testing (ACT and SAT), it’s rather easy for student (and anxious parent) to lose sight of a bigger picture.
 
We have in mind the benefits that accrue from guided, methodical practice for the big tests. What are these benefits? They’re wrapped up in our three-word title. First, effective test prep produces an effective, active reader. That’s a student who’s engaged in such a way as to maximize retention.
 
One natural outcome of active reading is stimulation of thought – of thoughtfulness and connection making, two essential components of learning. In the stressful environment of testing, there’s hardly anything more important than the ability to weigh, measure, and consider cause and effect of ideas. Think.

Topics: Test Scores, ACT/SAT, Test-Prep

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Topics: Test Scores, ACT/SAT, Test-Prep

The Magic Formula for a Perfect College Application Essay

Posted on Oct 10, 2017 2:47:58 PM

Well, no. We lied: There is no magic formula for writing the perfect college application essay.

The essays in “Essays That Worked for College Applications” (subtitled “50 Essays that Helped Students Get into the Nation’s Top Colleges”) vary wildly and include “think pieces,” multiple-panel cartoons, poems, and short plays, among others. There is no prototypical essay because there is no prototypical admissions officer: they’re human beings, just like you and I are, and they have differing tastes, just like you and I do.

Topics: Essays, College Admission

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Topics: Essays, College Admission

What Matters to Admission Officers?

Posted on Sep 28, 2017 5:05:33 PM

Your academic record, especially the rigor of the courses you took, and your SAT/ACT scores are still the door-openers for college admissions, and if you’re looking for acceptance at a college that admits most applicants, those measures may be enough. But if you want to be considered for admission to more selective schools, those measures aren’t nearly enough, and here’s why: You have real competition – lots of other students who want to attend those same selective schools – and their academic record and SAT/ACT scores are likely to be comparable to yours, if not better. Otherwise, those students wouldn’t be your competition, would they?

Topics: College Admission, College Application

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Topics: College Admission, College Application

Some Quick "Need to Knows" On The Coalition App for UF & FSU and the SSAR (UF, FSU, FAU, FL Poly, New College)

Posted on Sep 22, 2017 11:25:36 AM

Not all applications for Florida universities are created equal. There are important differences and knowing them can save you time, effort and frustration in the application process. 

Topics: AP Exams, Test Scores, College Admission, College Application, College Planning

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Topics: AP Exams, Test Scores, College Admission, College Application, College Planning

5 Good Reasons to Prepare for the PSAT

Posted on Aug 18, 2017 1:25:00 PM

Most schools in October offer the PSAT (a “preliminary” SAT) to their freshman, sophomores, and/or juniors. Regardless of your school’s official testing policy, here are some good reasons why a student should take the PSAT, whose scores are NOT reported to colleges:

Topics: Test-Prep, PSAT

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Topics: Test-Prep, PSAT

What’s Really Important About The College You Attend: Part II

Posted on Aug 17, 2017 9:21:00 PM

We closed Part I by asking

  1. how students who are about to apply to colleges could possibly know how they’re going to feel – after they graduate from college – about their engagement in their employment and their assessments of their well-being, including their satisfaction with their relationships, their physical health, their communities, their economic situations, and their senses of purpose.
  2. what does that have to do with the colleges that they attend.

and we promised answers to both of those questions.

Okay, here are the answers:

Topics: College Planning

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Topics: College Planning

What’s Really Important About The College You Attend: Part I

Posted on Aug 17, 2017 2:01:00 PM

If picking a college were like buying a car – which is isn’t, but we’re going to take some poetic license here – there are a number of ways that a careful consumer who’s willing to do the research might approach it.

Topics: College Planning

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Topics: College Planning

Advanced Courses, GPA, and College Admissions: Not All Grades Are Created Equal

Posted 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

WHAT? No Credits Toward College Graduation for Good AP Scores?

Posted on Jul 31, 2017 7:00:00 AM

We bring to your attention this blog published in early May of this year on cnbc.com concerning students who take AP tests:

Topics: AP Exams, Test Scores, College Admission, College Application, College Planning

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Topics: AP Exams, Test Scores, College Admission, College Application, College Planning

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