Category: Applying to Colleges

Finding Your U – A Book Review

Recently, I was offered an advance copy of “Finding Your U – Navigating the College Admission Process,” by Katrin Muir Lau and Judith Widener Muir in hopes that I would be willing to write a book review.  I am always

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How to Improve Your ACT Score or SAT Score

As parents, we want to see our children succeed and it burdens us greatly when they struggle.  One of the most frustrating things for a parent of a high school student is to watch him or her wrestle with the

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Spring of Junior Year – It’s All About the Grades!

The single most important thing in the spring of junior year for your college-bound student is getting good grades.  These are the latest grades that will get sent in with most college applications. College admissions officers consistently cite grades in

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Taking the First ACT/SAT

My high school junior daughter takes the ACT for the first time in December.  She hasn’t done any test prep and hasn’t taken any practice tests.  This is not the way I would prefer to go about it, but given

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Don’t Break the Budget on ACT and SAT Prep Resources

ACT and SAT prep resources can help your student be better prepared to take the tests and achieve higher scores.  Some of these resources run into the hundreds and thousands of dollars.  Does spending that much really result in a

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Don’t Focus on College Acceptance Rates!

Today, I’d like to share a very interesting graphic from that emphasizes the reason that college-bound kids and their parents should not focus on college acceptance rates.  When you look at the shear numbers, it is actually easier to

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College Applications and Extracurricular Activities

A common question high school students ask is, “What do colleges want to see for extracurricular activities?”  The answer is, they want to see depth, not breadth. If your child is in a sport, he or she should try to

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3 Reasons Your Junior Should Take the PSAT

The PSAT/NMSQT test is offered by high schools around the country in October.  It is an important test for college-bound high school juniors.  If your junior is not already signed up, understand why this test is beneficial and get them

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Rising Seniors Summer Check-In – Prepare for College Apps

In my area, school has already been out for over a month and mid-August will mark the start of the new school year.  For rising seniors, that means time to start college applications is right around the corner.  It’s a

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Why SAT and ACT Tutoring Makes Sense, Even for Smart Students

This post is a reprint from Danh Le of Underground Academy.  Underground Academy specializes in individual online PSAT, SAT and ACT tutoring.  I think this approach makes sense and I am going to try it for my middle daughter.  As Danh

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