• Which College Admissions Test?

    Which College Admissions Test?

    February 9th, 2017 | Uncategorized | nancy | Comments Off on Which College Admissions Test?

    I am often asked which college admissions test a student should take.  In my opinion, a student should try both the SAT Reasoning Test and the ACT.  I think this advice holds water now more than ever since the Revised SAT came out in 2016.  The Revised SAT and the ACT are more similar than […]

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  • The New SAT Essay

    The New SAT Essay

    February 28th, 2016 | Uncategorized | nancy | Comments Off on The New SAT Essay

    As you’ve surely heard, the SAT has recently undergone some major changes. Some of the most significant changes were made to the essay portion of the test. As you prepare for the upcoming testing season, you may find it helpful to understand the format of the essay and where the emphasis is placed. First the […]

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  • The New SAT

    The New SAT

    March 11th, 2014 | Uncategorized | nancy | Comments Off on The New SAT

    If you haven’t heard about the new changes in store for the SAT exam in 2016, then perhaps you have been out of touch with all media outlets. Granted, I have more exposure to things college related than the average person, but I am amazed by how much media coverage this issue is receiving!  In […]

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  • A Tough Year

    A Tough Year

    April 10th, 2012 | Uncategorized | nancy | Comments Off on A Tough Year

    There have been a lot of surprises this year. Many students are disappointed with the number of “reach colleges” from whom they have received either rejection or waitlist letters. The stastics support the anecdotes. Harvard and Yale for example have their lowest acceptance rates ever (fewer than 7% accepted). And the wait-lists across the board […]

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  • College Rankings

    College Rankings

    October 4th, 2011 | College Admissions Trends, Home Page, Uncategorized | nancy | Comments Off on College Rankings

    It is that time of year again.  Every fall it happens whether we want it to or not.  Publications such as U.S. News and World Report compile a ranking of the colleges and universities across the country.  What a crazy notion, really.  Do people really think that something as subjective as a college education can […]

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  • “Super Scores”

    “Super Scores”

    July 20th, 2011 | Standardized Testing | nancy | Comments Off on “Super Scores”

    Lately I have had several people ask for clarification on reporting standardized test scores and how colleges use them.  People ask, “Can we submit ‘superscores’?”  A superscore is the unofficial name given to the collection of the best scores an individual has received on any given subsection of a test, regardless of the date that particular section […]

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  • Summer Means Essays

    Summer Means Essays

    June 14th, 2011 | Essays, Home Page | nancy | Comments Off on Summer Means Essays

    It must be summer…whether the calendar says so or not.  My calendar is booked with college essay brainstorming sessions with rising seniors.  My tasks change with the seasons and that is one of the things I love about my job.   Interestingly, that is also one of the things I love about living in this part […]

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  • College Essay Writing Tips

    College Essay Writing Tips

    May 24th, 2011 | Essays, Home Page | nancy | Comments Off on College Essay Writing Tips

    The best time to start working on college application essays is the summer between junior and senior year in high school.  The summer is a great time to do this because you can really devote concentrated time to your essay without feeling guilty about not  studying for your math test or not working on your English term […]

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  • Activities in High School

    Activities in High School

    May 19th, 2011 | Advice for High School, Home Page | nancy | Comments Off on Activities in High School

    I am often asked by parents what activities colleges like to see students participate in while in high school.  I am always taken aback by this question.  We shouldn’t be pushing our students to participate in activities that colleges are looking for.  We should be encouraging students to participate in activities that they truly enjoy!  That […]

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  • Foreign Language in High School

    Foreign Language in High School

    May 19th, 2011 | Advice for High School, Home Page | nancy | Comments Off on Foreign Language in High School

    Every spring I get many inquiries from my clients about “what is the real deal on what colleges look for on a transcript in terms of foreign languages”. Usually the question is coming from a student (or her parent) who is looking to bail out of a foreign language in his/her senior year.  Without hesitation, […]

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