Are Ivy League Admissions A Sham?

In response to Ivy League Admissions Are a Sham: Confessions of a Harvard Gatekeeper,Mark Greenstein, founder of Ivy Bound Test Prep wrote:   Yes, there are elements of the Ivy League admissions process that could use reform, but the author Read More >>

If I could speak with The College Board

By Mark Greenstein, Test Prep Advisor and Advocate for meritorious students. Some of us who guide students object to the SAT change because it is ending a standard. The SAT has been a very good standard for 40 years, and Read More >>

The SAT Should Not Change Abruptly

We who advise high school students object to the abruptness of the SAT change; The College Board has been GREAT at giving good practice tests in the past.  This allowed ambitious students to build their skills for the SAT and to Read More >>

The Benefits of Hiring a Tutor Early

Starting early is an excellent idea; at my firm, Ivy Bound, we have 8th and 9th graders prepping with us each summer. If not at the very beginning, I also encourage parents to hire a tutor at some point during Read More >>

Stop Bowing to Common Core

The genesis of Common Core is “No Child Left Behind”.  NCLB was meant to address mediocre schools and NCLB has been a failure.   13 years later, the majority of mediocre schools then have not lifted their students to academic Read More >>

The Virtues of an Independent
College Counselor

We want to make sure you know the virtues of independent college counselors. Very few public schools have counselors dedicated to college admissions. And almost none have people steeped in college financial planning. Enter independent counselors. These professionals are dedicated Read More >>

NOT too Early to Start SAT/ACT Prep

Why the Summer Before Junior Year is NOT too Early to Start ACT/SAT Prep By: The Ivy Bound Test Prep team Publication permission granted so long as the name and URL are included. Most parents who have done this with Read More >>

SAT, PSAT, ACT and SAT Subject Tests
A Primer for Beginners

Though top schools have become more competitive, kids tend to be better able to grapple with these processes and pressures than most of us were when we applied to college. Little has changed about the process: testing in the junior Read More >>

Early Admissions Edge is Real

Note: This is being re-published for Ivy Bound students and parents. The content is still valid in 2014-15 but is even more severe. The admission odds are slimmer, and the 100 point advantage was based on a 1600 scale, implying Read More >>

College Prep Suggestions

I. Suggestions for Freshman Year: Enjoy yourself. Take advantage of a broad range of courses if you can. That helps propel you to internships, summer jobs, and eventually colleges that coincide with what you really like. There is no need Read More >>

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