Test Prep

Let Our Independent College Counselors Help With Your AP Tests

The pandemic upended the way teachers prepare students and the ways exams are given. Your independent college counselor can show you new options for flexibility and enhanced preparation in 2021. Here are the changes at a glance: Due to COVID precautions, students have the option of taking tests in school Read More…

Your College Essay Writing Tutor Is More Important Than Ever Before

What are schools looking for in 2021? Do SAT and ACT exam scores still matter? The pandemic forced admissions committees to confront an evolving consensus about standardized entrance exams in recent years. The COVID pandemic accelerated a shift that had already begun at some universities. Your own San Diego private Read More…

Your Personal College Counselor Knows “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…

Your Independent College Counselor Helps You With What Schools Look For

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…

Your Private College Counselor Can Help When Tests Are Biased

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…

Make the Most of Summer Break With Your Private College Counselor

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…

College-Bound Consulting Helps You Get Into Engineering School

Engineering is just harder; there is no other way to categorize its seemingly insurmountable college acceptance expectations. However high the general admissions standards are for a given university, expect that these have become a monumental “Goliath” for the prospective engineering candidate. Let’s consider California Polytechnic University at San Luis Obispo Read More…

Get Essay Help and Test Prep for Your ISEE Private School Entrance Exam

We can all relate to the stress of an progressively competitive 21st Century. Increasingly, I encounter panicked parents who fearfully insist that their children brutalize themselves in preparation for private school exams such as the SSAT or ISEE. Many are compelled to enroll their children in expensive private schools because Read More…

Get College Essay Help: Introductory Paragraphs

Prior to the adoption of Common Core, the No Child Left Behind approach to education reigned for over a decade, “relying too heavily on standardized tests” according to many critics. One of the policy’s greatest deficits was the abandonment of writing curricula throughout the nation’s districts, charter schools, and other Read More…

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