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Forget Catching the Worm: The Early Bird is More Likely to Get Admitted

Posted on Aug 13, 2018 12:05:00 PM

Most collegesadmit a far greater percentage of students who apply Early Decision (ED) or Early Action (EA) than they do of students who apply Regular Decision (RD). In fact, an article posted on usnews.com in December 2010 contains data on 52 colleges for which that was true. At that time the increased chances of gaining admission to those colleges by applying ED or EA instead of RD ranged from 1.41 to 2.98 – or an average of 1.88. In short, students who applied ED or EA to those colleges were, on average, almost twice as likely to get accepted as were those who applied RD.

Topics: College Admission, College Counseling, Early Decision, Early Action

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Topics: College Admission, College Counseling, Early Decision, Early Action

Present a Consistent Picture of Yourself in Your College Applications

Posted on Aug 12, 2018 8:08:00 AM

One thing that you absolutely DO NOT want to do is confuse college admissions officers by presenting contradictory – or inconsistent, and, thus, possibly contradictory – information about yourself in your college applications. And there are multiple opportunities for mistakes in most college applications.

Topics: College Admission, College Application, College Counseling, Activity Resume, Resume

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Topics: College Admission, College Application, College Counseling, Activity Resume, Resume

Here’s Your Magic Formula for the Perfect College Application Essay

Posted on Aug 8, 2018 8:07:53 AM

In our recent blog entitled Clearing Up Confusion About the College Application Personal Statement, we explained that “It doesn’t matter in the slightest what you write about for your Common and Coalition Application personal statements — as long as it’s about you. What does matter is what you say and how you say it, because you should have clear objectives, and we’ll provide you with advice on that matter in future blogs.” Here’s the first installment for you.

Topics: College Admission, Application Essays, Person Statement, Essay

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Topics: College Admission, Application Essays, Person Statement, Essay

Clearing Up Confusion About the College Application Personal Statement

Posted on Aug 7, 2018 8:18:48 AM

At this time of year, it’s typical to see rising seniors agonize over what they should write for their college application personal statement. While some colleges have their own applications and unique personal statement prompts, most schools use the Common Application or the Coalition Application, each with its own set of essay prompts. Here they are for each application for 2018-19:

Topics: College Admission, Application Essays, Person Statement, Essay

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Topics: College Admission, Application Essays, Person Statement, Essay

How Critical is “Demonstrated Interest” for College Admissions?

Posted on Jul 25, 2018 9:01:00 AM

While “Demonstrated Interest” (DI) may not carry significant weight for many colleges…it will be important if the school is highly selective with a competitive admissions process.

Topics: College Admission, Demonstrated Interest

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Topics: College Admission, Demonstrated Interest

Do I Have to Take a Subject Test?

Posted on Jul 19, 2018 8:01:00 AM

 

Topics: Test-Prep, College Choice, Subject Test

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Topics: Test-Prep, College Choice, Subject Test

Should I Take a Subject Test?

Posted on Jul 18, 2018 9:16:00 AM


Topics: Test-Prep, College Choice, Subject Test

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Topics: Test-Prep, College Choice, Subject Test

Should I Take the SAT or ACT Essay?

Posted on Jul 16, 2018 2:24:00 PM

We're asked this question all the time, ultimately, it depends on where you're applying. Thanks to our friend Cignas Vanni for compiling a fairly comprehensive list of schools that require or recommend submitting an essay from the SAT/ACT. FYI, as far as colleges go, "recommend" means "require." Without further adieu, here's the list:  

Topics: ACT, SAT Test, ACT/SAT, Essay

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Topics: ACT, SAT Test, ACT/SAT, Essay

Colleges That Superscore the ACT

Posted on Jul 15, 2018 9:00:00 AM

 

Updated July 2017

While there are many schools out there that super-score the SAT, the list of schools that super-score the ACT is much smaller. To aid you in search for information, we have compiled a list (with the help of fellow consultants at IECA) of many of the schools that super-score the ACT. While the list does not cover every single college in the US, it is fairly comprehensive.

Topics: ACT, Test-Prep, Concordance, superscore

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Topics: ACT, Test-Prep, Concordance, superscore

Wacky Scores on the June 2018 SAT

Posted on Jul 13, 2018 12:52:30 PM

SCORES FOR THE JUNE 2018 SAT HAVE BEEN RELEASED AND HIGH-SCORING STUDENTS ARE NOT HAPPY.  THE CURVE ON THE MATH SECTION WAS REALLY UNFORGIVING TO HIGH-SCORING STUDENTS.  THE TEST IS A REMINDER THAT STUDENTS SHOULD BE READY TO RETAKE THE SAT AND ACT AND THAT NO ONE ACTUALLY WANTS AN “EASY” SAT.

Topics: SAT Test, Test Scores, Test-Prep, Concordance

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Topics: SAT Test, Test Scores, Test-Prep, Concordance

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