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Round Holes (Schools) and Square Pegs (Students): Beware the Sirens’ songs of “prestige” and “selectivity” - Part I

Posted on Mar 27, 2018 10:29:52 AM

Part I: The Round Holes

I thought the ‘best’ college for me was the most selective - I was wrong

Topics: College Application, College Planning, Educational-Consulting

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Topics: College Application, College Planning, Educational-Consulting

The Essence of College Admissions — as compiled this year by the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC)

Posted on Feb 6, 2018 4:41:47 PM

We put you in the shoes of college admissions officers, so that you can sense their point of view with these facts:

Topics: College Admission, College Application, College Counseling, College Planning, Educational-Consulting

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Topics: College Admission, College Application, College Counseling, College Planning, Educational-Consulting

Missed the October PSAT? You’re No Longer Locked Out From National Merit Recognition!

Posted on Dec 20, 2017 1:46:00 PM

Are you a high school junior and possible candidate for the National Merit Scholarship, but unable to take the PSAT/NMSQT test on the October national test date? There’s now an alternative action to pursue.

Topics: SAT Test, Test-Prep, College Planning

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Topics: SAT Test, Test-Prep, College Planning

CEO Judi Robinovitz Shares Her Story With VoyageMIA

Posted on Dec 18, 2017 3:33:55 PM

Today, our CEO Judi shared her success story with VoyageMIA Magazine, a trendy, regional cultural news and information site. We’re honored that Judi was chosen to be one of the area’s most inspiring entrepreneurs, alongside so many other incredible business owners.

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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

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