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  • The New SAT

    The New SAT

    March 11th, 2014 | Uncategorized | nancy | Comments Off

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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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  • Could there be a mistake on the SAT?

    Could there be a mistake on the SAT?

    May 19th, 2011 | Home Page, Standardized Testing | nancy | Comments Off

    For the first time, I had a client this year that made me think, maybe there was a mistake made on one particular SAT scoring.  I thought I would share this experience since it was a first.  I had seen the fine print on the back of the SAT booklet that says that you can [...]

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  • Update on Waitlists

    Update on Waitlists

    May 19th, 2011 | College Admissions Trends, Home Page | nancy | Comments Off

    I have recently returned from a conference in Philadelphia sponsored by the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA).  As usual, I found this to be an invigorating and rewarding experience.  It is nice to hear from other experts and to see if their observations and predictions about all things college-admissions-related corroborate with mine. One of the [...]

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