SAT

Big changes to the SAT and what they mean for college admissions

College Board, the maker and administrator of the SAT exam, announced in January that they will no longer offer SAT subject tests or the test version with an essay. The testing organization outlined scenarios that might impact you if you’ve already registered: Students currently registered for an upcoming Subject Test Read More…

With Recent Changes, What Matters for College Admissions in 2021?

The COVID pandemic accelerated a shift that had already begun at some universities, but many still consider the SAT and ACT for admissions. Here’s what you need to know. Do SAT and ACT exam scores still matter in 2021? The pandemic forced admissions committees to confront an evolving consensus about Read More…

Ask Your College Counselor: What Type of Math Is on the SAT?

To some, trying to learn math is like trying to comprehend a foreign language. No matter how long you stare, squint, and ponder a math problem, it simply does not make sense. Unfortunately, no matter how math-phobic you are, you still need to take the math section on the SAT. Read More…

Ask Your College Counselor: SAT Score for My Dream School?

The SAT has undergone a number of changes over the last decade, which has left many test takers confused about what a good SAT score is in 2020. First of all, the total number of points on the test has continually changed. From 2005 until 2016, the SAT was scored Read More…

Ask Your College Counselor About Test-Optional Schools

Test Optional Gains Traction Are college entrance exams really getting kicked to the curb, tossed out, rendered obsolete, “retired?” Word on the street, in academic corridors and across the nation’s college campuses, suggest a definitely maybe. “There are now well over 1,000 colleges and universities that don’t require SAT or Read More…

What Are Colleges Looking For? Ask Your College Admissions Counselor!

What do colleges expect? Our college admissions counselors say “What are schools looking for?” is one of their most commonly-asked questions. How do I get into my dream school? What about my safety school? What if I don’t have what it takes to get into college? College acceptance rates and Read More…

Ask Your College Counselor: Test Bias with Race, Gender, and More

How do I ace a test, the SAT, or any standardized test? How can they expect me to know everything? What if I don’t have the skills or the advantages? They, whether a teacher, professor, ETS (Educational Testing Service), or the College Board, absolutely do not expect you to know Read More…

Ask Your College Counselor: How to Avoid Test Anxiety

Developing Bad Habits As students gain academic experience, they cannot help but develop coping mechanisms or “bad habits,” which they wholly believe will enable their survival under the competitive pressure of college admissions. These behavioral patterns often serve them well…until they don’t. For better or worse, we mimic the behavior of Read More…

Ask Your College Counselor How to Make the Most of Summer Prep

What about Summer? Thinking about a blissful summer sojourn, not the summer SAT? Perhaps a six week program with Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth, the Young Writer’s Camp at UCSD, playing some Park and Rec club soccer or tennis, jet setting around the globe, or just gaming with friends Read More…

Ask Your College Counselor: Start Application Help and Test Prep Early

Clearly, parents want the best for their children. Unfortunately, many hope for “quick fixes” and short term solutions to catapult their student into test taking stardom. As the college admission season quickly closes in on our high school juniors, many parents still wait to the last minute to plan for Read More…

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