“If an investment is expected to depreciate by 30 percent in its first year and experience compounding losses every year thereafter, it’s probably not a sound venture.”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.
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.Read More
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:Read More
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:
Downtime, soon! We at Score At The Top take a bit of a breather, too, but not because we’re closed for a week or two. Our holiday-season doors open to students who brush up, charge ahead, or prep for something upcoming. Every day of the week. Yes, we’ll be here for that. However…Read More
Deciding to find a tutor is intimidating. Recognizing that your child has reached a point where outside academic help is necessary can sometimes evoke mixed feelings. Certainly a recent test that produced a failing grade makes the need obvious. So, too, does your child’s expressed anxiety about the English assignment that looks like ancient Greek. When you try on your own to provide parental help but improvement simply doesn’t follow, your thoughts may turn to tutoring.
Tutoring options are not always obvious. Should you go to a learning center, or should you inquire into private tutoring at your home? While there are arguments in favor of both, when it comes down to it, learning centers have the clear advantage for three reasons:
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Parents often ask us what kind of “return” their students will get for the hours and dollars spent in our test-prep workshops and private tutoring. While every child’s test prep experience is unique, we know that our test-prep work leads students to score at the top of their potential. We’d like to share a concrete example.Read More