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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For Juniors Who Scored Well on Their First SAT

Juniors who scored well on a recent SAT have both a luxury and a responsibility. This piece examines both. Taking the Next Step to Success The Luxury: You need not be saddled with test prep throughout the spring and summer. You did the hard work early and now have the benefit of not facing the…

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Sophomores Taking SAT Subject Tests

Sophomores gearing up to apply to competitive colleges typically take some SAT Subject Tests before they take the PSAT, SAT or ACT. When To Test We recommend that sophomores take the SAT Subject Tests in May and June in subjects they excel in, but will not take next year. Math falls into this category for…

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SAT Subject Tests: “Low Hanging Fruit” This Spring

Ivy Bound tutors are especially helpful with spring APs and SAT Subject Tests. Students targeting top tier colleges who plan well will take one in the spring of freshman year and two each in the spring of sophomore and junior years. Our Ideal Schedules 1 time a week for six weeks starting in late March….

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Canned vs. Live Online Courses

Live vs. Canned: A Significant Distinction Parents and students who view online SAT prep options should assess the clear distinction between online CANNED courses and online LIVE instruction. What Is a Canned Online Course? Canned means displays are pre-set. Pre-made videos are part of the course and skilled programmers engineer a “tree” of choices that…

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