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10th Graders: Looking Ahead

Most of my posts here are directed at high school juniors and seniors. Some of my articles target parents and current college students. Not many, however, are aimed at 10th-grade high schoolers. I’d like to address that group today. We live in a society that prepares for Christmas starting in September, just after Labor Day. ...

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Start Your College Plan Early

We’re about to turn the corner and head into another New Year. This has been a year like no other. That’s a phrase that we hear frequently. Literally, every year is a year like no other because it’s an entirely different year, every year. That seems obvious and almost nonsensical, but the “unlike no other ...

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College Knowledge Q&A Grab Bag

Being the obsessive packrat that I am, I save everything. Just ask my wife about that. That goes for my work as an admissions consultant, too. Over the many years that I’ve been doing this, I’ve received countless questions from high school students and their parents about how to manage the college process, as well ...

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Johns Hopkins CTY: An Option for You?

Johns Hopkins CTY. The “CTY” stands for “Center for Talented Youth.” It’s a long-standing program that has benefitted many young students. Is it right for you your child? Our son experienced CTY’s Expository Writing Tutorial back in the early Nineties. He corresponded (by snail mail!) with a woman on the Johns Hopkins English faculty. I ...

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How to Improve Your ACT Math Score

Today’s article was submitted by Rachel Kapelke-Dale.  If you’re worried about your ACT math score, first of all: take a deep breath. You’re not alone! Every single test-taker has areas that he or she is stronger in—and areas that could use improvement. You may be nervous about approaching the ACT math section for the first time; ...

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Is The Testing Tide Going Out?

The absolute reign of standardized testing is showing signs of weakening. I took a stroll down memory lane this week as I was clearing out many years of various college-related files that I had collected (a.k.a. “hoarded”) over the decades. As I flipped through the seemingly endless file folders, I came across information pertaining to ...

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You’ve Received Your ACT/SAT Scores: What to Do Next

Today’s article was written by Heather Hamilton. After months of preparing for a test as large as the ACT or SAT, it can be kind of anticlimactic to actually enter the room and take the exam. Once you leave the room, this feeling is further amplified. Typically, we feel the pressure to perform well on ...

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Tyranny in Testing?

Over the past eight or so years here, I have strongly expressed my opinions about the shortcomings of standardized college entrance tests and their biases and inadequacies to deliver their intended purpose. So, I’m always interested in any new takes that may support my viewpoints about these tests that can alter a young person’s life ...

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National Merit Money from Mozart?

How do you study for standardized tests? It’s interesting to see how students prepare their brains and bodies for the challenges of the SAT, ACT, PSAT, Subject Tests et al. Some new information brings those practices to light. In a message entitled “Survey: Students Prepping for PSAT Reveal Music, Snack Habits,” the folks at Kaplan ...

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The SAT Admissions Conundrum

The SAT has changed. Accordingly, so have the attitudes of admissions officers changed about its value as an applicant evaluation tool. Not long ago, I received an update from Russell Shaffer of Kaplan Test Prep. He keeps me informed about emerging trends in the world of standardized testing. The topic of his latest update was: ...

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