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Most Colleges Recalculate GPA— what you need to know

There are a lot of rumors when it comes to college admission and GPA myths are pervasive. If you’ve heard other students or parents talking about ways you can boost your GPA and improve your chances for college admission, there are a few things you need to understand....

Sometimes the Right Academic Advice Isn’t Popular

It seems like I’m always the one having to deliver bad news. I meet with clients who often want me to give them “permission” to take a ridiculously light course load or assure them that they can easily gain admission to a highly-selective university. As much as I...

Do You Need To Take The SAT or ACT Optional Essay?

Today I’m addressing an old topic, but with a newly revised answer. “Do I need to take the written essay on the SAT or ACT?” My answer to this question has changed. My old advice was, “Yes, you must take it!” In the last couple years, though, I’ve changed my answer....
How a Student with F’s and ADHD Got into Her Dream University

How a Student with F’s and ADHD Got into Her Dream University

Every year I speak with students and parents who think college dreams have been crushed due to less than perfect high school grades, learning differences, or a bumpy transition to college. These factors don’t have to limit your options. It is possible to get into your...

When to Use Who / Whom — Quick ACT / SAT Tip

Do you know when to use “who” and when to use “whom”?​ I've got an easy way to tell the difference.    This short video will explain (while showing you how our video Q&A works.)   I’ve had a lot of people ask how the live Q&A session in our new...

Test Prep Is Different From Learning in School

Test Prep Is Different From Learning in School

Shouldn’t students know this stuff? I get a lot of questions from parents who think that the math, reading, and grammar students learn in school should be sufficient to earn solid scores on the SAT / ACT. Essentially the parent’s question boils down to “Shouldn’t they...

How to Use Social Media in Your College Search

How to Use Social Media in Your College Search

Social media and college admissions. We’ve all heard the cautionary tales, but there are some surprising ways social media can help you in your college search. On a recent episode of “The College Prep Podcast,” my co-host, Gretchen, and I discuss the possibilities of...

Is This Fall the Right Time to Take the SAT / ACT?

Is This Fall the Right Time to Take the SAT / ACT?

Now is the right time for rising juniors and their families to start thinking about the SAT and ACT. While it is the perfect time to plan, fall may not be the right time for some students to take their college admission exams. Overall Timeline You’ve probably heard...

2019-2020 ACT and SAT Exam Dates

2019-2020 ACT and SAT Exam Dates

I know we just started summer break, but now is the time for rising juniors to make testing plans for next school year. The Goal Ideally all juniors will finish taking the ACT / SAT by the end of the school year. This includes all attempts at taking each exam. The...

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