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More Changes to the Common Application for 2017-18 - Score At The Top

Last Updated on Apr 28, 2017 12:42:37 PM

The Common Application recently announced changes to its application, which is now accepted by about 700 colleges and universities.

Topics: Essays, Common Application, College Application

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Topics: Essays, Common Application, College Application

Information On New Summer SAT Test - Score At The Top - South Florida

Last Updated on Apr 26, 2017 9:30:00 AM

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.

Topics: Common Application, Tutoring, Educational-Consulting

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Topics: Common Application, Tutoring, Educational-Consulting

AP, IB, and AICE Programs: A Brief Comparison (Part 4) - Score At The Top

Last Updated on Feb 2, 2015 12:00:00 AM

 

In this final post, we offer a few thoughts by way of comparing and contrasting AP, IB and AICE.

Comparisons

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.

Topics: AP Exams, Common Application, Test-Prep, ib

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Topics: AP Exams, Common Application, Test-Prep, ib

Common Application Deadline Extensions - Score At The Top

Last Updated on Oct 25, 2013 12:00:00 AM

Many colleges have extended their Early Action and Early Decision deadlines in response to the Common Application submission problems. Here’s a list we’ve been maintaining, but you should double-check the deadlines with your colleges just to be sure: 

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Topics: Common Application

SAT for HS Juniors and Seniors: Apps and more - Score At The Top

Last Updated on Sep 30, 2013 12:00:00 AM

For many high school juniors and seniors, it's time to start thinking ahead to college. The SAT test helps juniors and seniors get a step closer to the college of their choice.

Topics: SAT Test, Common Application, Coalition App

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Topics: SAT Test, Common Application, Coalition App

The Common Application for 2013-2014 - Score At The Top

Last Updated on May 24, 2013 11:34:00 AM

The Common Application for 2013-2014, with its new format, will be accessible on August 1, when it will launch for all CA schools.

Here are a few highlights:

  • A dashboard feature will create an overview of a student’s application status for all of the schools he chooses to apply to.
  • The My Colleges tab has been redesigned to be more intuitive for students.
  • There are now over 520 schools that use the CA.
  • The homepage has a completely new look to it.
  • There are more screens with fewer questions on each screen. The answers to specific questions will enable or disable other questions based upon pertinence to the applicant.
  • There will be a separate set of screens/questions for home schoolers
  • A student will be able to unlock an application, edit it, and send the new, edited version to another school, making as many changes as she desires to her original application. However…
  • The CA essays can only be edited three (3) times before essays are locked permanently into final, active versions
  • All such edits will be saved and accessible through the Dashboard feature.
  • A student can change test reporting from one edit to the next, so he can choose to show scores to one college but not to another
  • The activities section is mostly unchanged, with a 150 character limit for the “details and accomplishments” field.
  • What has been up to now the “short answer” essay has been moved to individual college pages if and only if a college has chosen to ask for that response. No longer a CA requirement.
  • There is a 250-650-word restriction for the main essay that will be strictly enforced. If a student cuts and pastes (no uploading of CA essay responses) less than, or more than, the prescribed word limits, an error message will appear. There is now a WORD COUNTER on screen above and below the essay fields!!
  • A student can paste more or less than the limit, but the error message will appear; colleges will see no more than 650 words regardless of what a student can see on the screen.
  • Colleges in their supplements have a choice of allowing uploaded documents, such as an additional essay or a resume, as opposed to cut-and-paste.
  • The essay fields will have bold, italics and underlining tools.
  • Some writing supplements will only appear for certain applicants (e.g. engineering, theater arts) when the applicant chooses those field of study. Thus, essay questions appear only if they're relevant to other information supplied by the applicant.
  • Currently, by clicking on the CA4 logo on the Common Application homepage, you can learn all about the new version of the application (referred to as "CA4"). 2 eLearning videos have been posted here, and more will become available.
  • Counselors, from the home page, will typically use the “Recommenders” tab.
  • No preview site for the new CA will be available before August 1.

Topics: Common Application

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The Latest Common App Essay Prompts (2013-14) - Score At The Top

Last Updated on May 21, 2013 11:48:00 AM

Yes, the Common Application essays are a big thing. Think about it for a second: you’re applying to a particular school in just the same way that another ten, twenty, or thirty thousand other students are applying. Your dossier comprises statistics or all sorts, lists of activities, maybe awards. And the GPA. How can admissions wade its way through all the stats while getting no inkling of exactly what sort of person you are—beyond classes and test scores and volunteer hours? One answer is ––––– trumpets, please: the personal essay.

Topics: Essays, Common Application

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Topics: Essays, Common Application

More Common Application Questions, 2013-14 - Score At The Top

Last Updated on May 15, 2013 11:13:00 AM

Here are the next three Common Application Questions for this application year:

3) Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?

Student writers often present weak essays that lack detail, and which content fails to delve more deeply than “high school usual” into the sometimes murky reaches of belief. For the purposes of college entrance, generalities won’t make your essay shine. Dig deep. Be personal. Tell an interesting story with plenty of sensory details.

Topics: Common Application

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Changes to the Common App - Score At The Top

Last Updated on Feb 8, 2013 12:00:00 AM

Just when juniors and seniors thought it was safe to work on that Common Application essay—kapow! The prompts have been changed—for the first time in many years.

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Effective July 1, 2011: FAFSA Required for Florida Bright Futures!

Last Updated on Jun 16, 2011 12:00:00 AM

If a Florida student applies for and/or receives a Bright Futures scholarship, he or she will be required to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The change to the application for Bright Futures applies to incoming freshman, to students graduating from high school in 2012, and to students renewing their Bright Futures scholarships.

Topics: Common Application, College Application

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Topics: Common Application, College Application

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