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Test Optional: Should I Send My ACT / SAT Scores?

For many families the choice to send or not send test scores is new. We have gotten used to submitting ACT / SAT scores, even if we didn’t love our results, so the idea of choice can add another layer of confusion. The decision can be complicated by the fact that the...

Should We Retake the SAT / ACT?

This month I’m going to share answers to some of the common questions clients have asked this spring. Today— should we retake the SAT / ACT? The decision to make another attempt at the ACT or SAT is different this year. Some students haven’t had as many opportunities...

When Should We. . . ? (ACT/SAT, campus visits, essays, and more)

The timeline for college admissions has changed. It is different than it was 10 years ago and completely different than what I did when I applied to college (back when we used typewriters to complete applications!) Today I’m going to outline the suggested (and actual)...
Do You Need To Take The SAT or ACT Optional Essay?

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

Effective January 2021, College Board is no longer offering the optional written essay on the SAT. Because it is no longer an option for students taking the SAT, those who take the ACT will not need the +writing option.  Today I’m addressing an old topic, but with a...

SAT Subject Tests: Who Needs Them & How to Prepare

SAT Subject Tests: Who Needs Them & How to Prepare

I had a prospective client ask me about SAT Subject Tests this week. When I went to my blog to link an article on the subject, I found my 2015 information was out of date. So much has changed in the last five years that my current advice differs. Here's the update. A...

Focused Extracurriculars Activities Can Give You an Edge

I am continuing my series on extracurricular activities. If you missed the earlier parts, you can find them here: Why do colleges care about extracurriculars? Do I need to participate in a sport in high school? Extracurricular time during high school can give you an...

Do I need to participate in a sport in high school?

"I'm involved in a lot of activities at my school, but I don't play a sport. Will this hurt my chances for college admission?" This is a common question-- should an otherwise involved student play a sport? Team and individual sports allow students the opportunity to...

Why do colleges care about extracurricular activities?

Why do colleges care about extracurricular activities?

What does your extracurricular resume say about you? We've all heard that colleges want students who are involved, but this tends to bring up more questions: What level of involvement is expected? What types of activities should you choose? Should you be involved in a...

Quick Tips for Taking the PSAT

Quick Tips for Taking the PSAT

This Wednesday, October 16 is one of the national administration dates for the PSAT. I wanted to offer some quick tips for students taking the PSAT.   First, everyone should understand that the PSAT will not be used for college admission.   For 9th and 10th...

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...

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