Avoiding Regrets: Reasons to Enlist a Tutor

Another parent called last week with a similar report: “I shouldn’t have let my son study for the SAT on his own.” We hear this too often; the parent knows that it’s best to have a coach, the student wants to be independent of a tutor and the parent indulges the child’s wishes. Then comes…

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How Do 2 ACT Points Impact Scholarship Awards?

The ACT is a standardized test that assesses a student’s readiness for college, based on science reasoning, high-level math and English skills. Although the SAT remains the standard for college admission, the ACT is widely accepted at universities across the country. A student who scores above the national average of 20 on this test can…

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Reflections On The June ACT

Saturday’s ACT was straightforward, but the Math was difficult for many strong students, which may mean a slightly more forgiving scale for Math. Scales for the Reading and Science will probably be right on; the English might have a harsh scale, since it seemed easy on Saturday. English Success here should be right in the…

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4 Ways to Prepare for College Over the Summer

The summer before your first year of college can seem surreal. Between graduation parties, spending time with family and dorm room shopping, the fall arrives before you know it. Although the summer will be busy saying bye to friends, it is important to be ready for the semester ahead. How can students accomplish this? We…

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Admissions Statistics from the Class of 2021

If you look at graphs of the number of applicants at top tier colleges the trend has pretty much been upward for 20 consecutive years, even during economic downturns. The release of the online Common Application in 1998 (some schools joined in the years following) caused a huge spike in applicants as suddenly it became…

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Gap Year Eye-Openers

Another anxious parent expressed to me a personal desire to see his son do a post-high-school “Gap Year,” but faces opposition from the somewhat aimless son. Allow me to address the gap year virtues for four types of students: 1) the focused, 2) the semi-focused, 3) the unfocused and 4) the immature. 1) The Focused…

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For Juniors Who Did Not Score Well on Their First SAT

Following most SAT score releases, Ivy Bound gets, “What do I do now!” cries from students and parents. Here is some general advice for students who did not receive the best score. Improving Your SAT Score the Second Time Know that you have several more chances to shine. Colleges will not hold a bad score…

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