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Test Prep Timing for Juniors

Parents, there are many milestones during the college admissions process. One of the more important ones is the high school junior year, or “11th grade,” as we used to call it back in my day. Although some sophomores (“10th graders”) take the PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test), the majority of high schoolers take it in ...

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SAT for Community College Student?

Question: I’m a 20-year-old in my second year of community college. I will be graduating next year. I have never taken my SAT’s, and I’m worried that this is going to hurt me in the future. Whether it’s going to a new school or a job, will not taking them affect anything serious? And can ...

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Should Prospective Business Major Take Bio Subject Test?

Question: I’m planning on studying business. I took both SAT II’s for Spanish and got an 800 on the two. I took Biology Honors and with some prep I feel pretty confident. Should I take the SAT II Biology test? Is it worth my time and money or do business schools don’t really care about ...

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Help for Disadvantaged Student from India

Question: I’m a student from India who basically comes from the Indian ghetto or slums. I have to work for 7 hours to earn my school fee. I took the SAT and SAT II and my scores are 2320 and 800, 790, 790 respectively but my school graduation percent is low (89%) but I also ...

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Rising Juniors: Rise to The Occasion

Today’s wisdom is directed at those high schoolers who will be juniors this coming school year. For those of you who have just parachuted in from a parallel universe, a “rising” junior is a student who just finished his or her sophomore year, an about-to-be 11th-grader, in other words. I’ve always been amused by that ...

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Should Soph With Good Score Retake SAT?

Question: My son has a remarkably good SAT score from the test that he took in his sophomore year. Does he need to take more SAT’s and/or ACT’s to show that he can get a perfect 2400 and/or 36 for colleges like Ivy League schools? It’s hard to answer this one without knowing what “remarkably ...

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Admissions Angsters

My post today is aimed more at parents of high school juniors and sophomores. For the most part, parents of seniors are over the hump. Admissions decisions are out now. However, for Moms and Dads of this year’s senior class, there may still be some anxieties operating. Waitlists, enrollment decisions, visits, and financial aid negotiations ...

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Extra Time on ACT for ESL Student?

Question: Can I get extra time on the ACT because I’m an ESL student? Nope. Sorry. Extended time is only available to students with documented disabilities. See http://www.actstudent.org/faq/answers/eslextended.html But when you apply to colleges, admission folks will note that your native language isn’t English and will give you extra consideration when they evaluate your test ...

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Will One Low SAT Score (of Three) Affect Admission Chances?

Question: How do moderately selective colleges evaluate SAT scores when one section is below the school’s 25% level but the other two are above 75%? The low section in this case is math, but the student (my daughter, grade 11) has taken the highest levels possible at her public high school and done well. We ...

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