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UC System Drops SAT / ACT– How does this impact you?

I’ve received multiple calls, texts, and emails since the University of California announced yesterday that it was phasing out the SAT and ACT. What does this decision mean for students? What do you need to do? ​ watch here:  If you didn't see my earlier video on how...

15 Little Things to Make Students More Successful Academically and in College Admission

Having recently been through the entire admissions process with our oldest, I wanted to offer some tips. These are little things that can make a big difference. Don’t feel you need to implement all of these. Don’t feel you need to add them all at once. Add what makes...

Plan for College (Don’t Panic)

This has been the week for wild speculation in the world of college preparation. I love that my friends and clients think of me and send copies of articles and social media posts related to college planning, test prep, and the like. But I’m seeing more “scary”...

Plan for College (Don’t Panic)

This has been the week for wild speculation in the world of college preparation. I love that my friends and clients think of me and send copies of articles and social media posts related to college planning, test prep, and the like. But I’m seeing more “scary”...

Most Colleges Recalculate GPA— what you need to know

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

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?

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....

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...

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