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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

How To Get Into College, Part 3 of 3

Posted on Jul 27, 2017 10:00:00 AM

This is the third article of our three-part blog series “How to Get Into College."

Topics: Essays, College Admission, College Planning, Educational-Consulting

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Topics: Essays, College Admission, College Planning, Educational-Consulting

SAT Subject Tests in August

Posted on Jul 26, 2017 10:00:00 AM

With the College Board’s new summer SAT test date (August 26th) comes an intriguing gambit for high school students who plan to apply to more competitive colleges (and even to those that may not be considered so competitive): taking up to three of the College Board’s 1-hour Subject Tests offered on that date.

Topics: Essays, College Admission, College Planning, Educational-Consulting

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Topics: Essays, College Admission, College Planning, Educational-Consulting

How To Get Into College, Part 2 of 3

Posted on Jul 20, 2017 10:00:00 AM

This is the second article of our three-part blog series “How to Get Into College”.

Having dispensed with transcript, test scores, and application essay in our first installment, we follow up here with a few more “Get Into College” essentials.

Topics: Essays, College Admission, College Planning, Educational-Consulting

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Topics: Essays, College Admission, College Planning, Educational-Consulting

How To Get Into College, Part 1 of 3

Posted on Jul 13, 2017 10:00:00 AM

A current TV ad for an insurance company ends with this innocuous line: “We know a thing or two, because we’ve seen a thing or two.” We have – seen a thing or two over the past 35+ years of advising students about their college plans and applications.

In three parts, this being the first, we’d like once again to share our acquired intelligence about those elements of an applicant’s academic and non-academic life that play a crucial role in an admissions decision. Focus on these, and you’ll have the best chance of following your dreams of experiencing a meaningful college life. So let’s begin from the beginning with what remains the single most important element of your college application. 

Topics: Essays, College Admission, College Planning, Educational-Consulting

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Topics: Essays, College Admission, College Planning, Educational-Consulting

More Changes to the Common Application for 2017-18

Posted 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

How To Write An Uncommonly Good Common App Essay – Part-III

Posted on Mar 29, 2017 4:30:00 PM

In Part I and Part II of this blog, we discussed the Common App’s essay prompts, and then provided you with several suggestions (with essay excerpts from successful applications) – about how you could create a good “hook” opener. In this blog, we’ll revisit the essay prompts and suggest how your personal life could provide a fountain of topics to address them.

Topics: Essays, Tutoring, Educational-Consulting

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Topics: Essays, Tutoring, Educational-Consulting

How To Write An Uncommonly Good Common App Essay – Part II

Posted on Mar 21, 2017 6:33:00 PM

In Part I of this blog series, we told you that it’s our philosophy that the Common App’s personal essay (also the personal statement for colleges’ own applications and for the Coalition Application) must accomplish two things to be successful:

Topics: Essays, Tutoring, Educational-Consulting

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Topics: Essays, Tutoring, Educational-Consulting

How To Write An Uncommonly Good Common App Essay – Part I

Posted on Mar 2, 2017 5:00:00 AM

Our philosophy about application essays has always been that none of them – we repeat “none of them” – are or ever have been about the prompts: all of them are about you, the student.

That’s not to say that you should ever respond in a completely off-topic way to any prompt, but even the standard “Why are you interested in attending ______ University?” question needs to be responded to in a way that reveals something about you.

It’s also our philosophy that the Common App’s personal essay (as well as the personal statement for colleges’ own applications and the Coalition Application) must accomplish two things to be successful:

Topics: Essays, Tutoring, Educational-Consulting

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Topics: Essays, Tutoring, Educational-Consulting

Comparing SAT’s and ACT’s new Essay Formats

Posted on Mar 17, 2015 12:00:00 AM

 

In September this year, ACT will introduce its new essay format. Six months later, in March of 2016, the College Board will replace its current written essay with a new, optional essay.

Each testing company is migrating toward analysis and away from any possible free-form, even impressionistic renderings by students in their writing ― the College Board more so that ACT. Let’s look briefly at what we know right now.

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

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

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