Subject Tests

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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Will Lack of “Recommended” Subject Tests Hurt Me?

Question: I am an international student applying for college and I’ve taken my SAT general tests. I haven’t taken my SAT 2 and I won’t Be able to to meet the deadlines of early decision, if I apply to top universities that say they “recommend but don’t require” sat 2 tests, considering my transcript and ...

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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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Juniors: Current or New SAT?

Maybe you’re like me. Maybe you don’t like change. Once we get used to dealing with something, a sense of comfort emerges, no matter how small. Such it might be with the SAT. You should know by now that the SAT is changing with the March 2016 administration. March 2016 may seem like a long ...

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Standardized Testing for Juniors

Some issues bear repeating. I’ve addressed a sentient approach for high school juniors to deal with their standardized testing requirements before here. I think it’s time to bring that up again. There are many milestones during the college admissions process. One of the more important ones is the high school junior year, or “11th grade,” ...

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Application Testing Requirement Changes

Those of you applying to college this fall and winter should be aware of some changes that have taken place recently in the area of testing requirements. This could make your life either simpler or easier, or both. In a very helpful and informative post on the College Confidential discussion forum, poster “drusba” summarizes many ...

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Starting The College Process Early

The question I get from a lot of parents is, “When should my child start thinking about and planning for college?” My answer is usually, “As soon as possible.” Of course, this doesn’t mean that they should start getting on the waiting list for snazzy pre-schools while their child is yet unborn. Don’t laugh. That ...

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What Subject Scores Are Needed for Cornell, Princeton, & Penn?

Question: How important are SAT II scores for the Ivy league application process? (specifically Cornell, Princeton, and Penn). I have a 4.0, am second in my class, and am president of honor society and leader of several other clubs. My Act composite was a 28. I got a 550 and 570 on my first two ...

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The New SAT: Opinions Vary

If you are at all connected to the college admissions world, you probably know that there are big changes coming to the SAT in 2016. As you may have inferred from some of my previous writings, I’m not a big fan of standardized testing. although I do understand the need for it. I think that ...

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