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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)...

Advice for Students on the Waitlist

Admission decisions have gone out. Some students are celebrating the good news. Others are managing disappointment and preparing to move forward with a new plan. Some students are left in the middle— they have been offered a place on the waitlist so still hold out...
Advice for Fall 2020 ACT / SAT Testing

Advice for Fall 2020 ACT / SAT Testing

I wish I wasn’t writing another article dealing with the COVID-19 impact on school, testing, and college admission. But as the situation continues to develop, we need to adjust and make plans. Today I’m going to focus on testing advice for rising juniors. Seniors are...

Why Traditional College Planning Advice Doesn’t Work in a Pandemic

Why Traditional College Planning Advice Doesn’t Work in a Pandemic

I don’t need to tell you the past four months have been unusual, you have lived it. We have done very few of our normal activities— including most college planning tasks. I’m making some changes to my college planning timeline for this year. In many cases my usual...

Can I Write My College Essay About Current Events?

Can I Write My College Essay About Current Events?

Can I Write My College Essay About Current Events? This is a good question. Spring 2020 has been one we won’t soon forget. Students experienced unprecedented events that have impacted their lives. But should you write about it in your college essay? It depends. Here...

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

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...

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?

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...

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