We coddle our toddlers, dreaming big dreams for their future: health, academic excellence, outstanding athletics, sharpness, endowed with common sense, and so on and so forth. Reality usually delivers a different picture, one we customarily learn to live with. Fast forward to middle school, and to more specific dreams that both student and parent may share about the future – dreams that require foresight and advocacy.Read More
With the January SAT test date a thing of the past, the College Board is now offering a new “summer” SAT.
Most everyone we know in college admissions thinks it’s a good idea, given the college application schedule that students must set for themselves as they approach the senior year.
An August date gives rising seniors the opportunity to take the SAT at least one more time – way before even the early decision/early action deadlines. Before this year, juniors often chose to either test twice in the spring or wait until October or November of senior year to retest. You can still do that, but the August test is opening eyes to a really favorable new option.
With each new round in musical chairs, one chair disappears, leaving one too few for the remaining contestants, one of whom will be eliminated. The “admissions game” at highly selective colleges shares some characteristics with musical chairs: At the beginning of each new round – in this case, each new application season – two chairs might be added, but so are 20 new contestants. That means a lot more somebodies will end up with no place to sit in the lecture halls, no place to sleep in the residence halls – no chance for admission.Read More
In this final post, we offer a few thoughts by way of comparing and contrasting AP, IB and AICE.
So how does AICE compare with IB and AP? All three programs are well established in high schools and recognized by universities around the country. Both AICE (AS and A Level) and IB are accepted at universities around the world, too. The main difference between AICE and IB is the flexibility of the AICE Diploma. Students have the freedom to create their own educational experience within the three AICE curriculum areas. We feel that AICE combines the best of both AP and IB in that students can pick and choose what courses they want but still earn an internationally-recognized diploma.Read More
Regardless of a college’s deadline date, do not wait until the night before to submit the application! However, once you have successfully submitted an application…please don’t forget the final pieces of the puzzle. The devil is always in the details, and you’ve got some details to look after!Read More
One of the biggest changes – and challenges - in this year’s Common App is the location of individual colleges’ additional essays. Last year, if a college required additional essays, you could easily find them in the college’s Writing Supplement. If a college didn’t require additional essays, then no Writing Supplement appeared for that college. Simple! And to simplify further, Common App’s Dashboard indicated which of your selected colleges required a Writing Supplement. Not so simple this year….Read More
Even if you have a résumé, you must still complete the Activities page of the Common App.
List your activities in order of importance (from most to least), and list only your most important activities. Too many activities can weaken your application, making you look like a dilettante. (Good SAT word!) Even with room for up to 10 activities, don’t list more than nine. And remember, activities are not limited to those in which you participate in school; include outside activities such as work, internships, community service, summer programs, and special hobbies.Read More
Most questions on the Common Application’s Education page are quite straightforward. Here are some tips for those questions that are not:
If you attend a public high school, your Class rank reporting is probably “Exact” - a specific number indicating your academic rank within your senior class. Your transcript should contain both your Class rank and the Graduating class size.Read More