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Is Test Optional Admissions Over? What This Means For College-Bound Teens

Is Test Optional Admissions Over? What This Means For College-Bound Teens

…University. The University of California System went beyond test optional to go test blind – they don’t consider test scores at all in their admission decisions, a policy that is…

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{10 Days Left} Key College Application Deadlines Looming + Your Questions Answered

{10 Days Left} Key College Application Deadlines Looming + Your Questions Answered

…many schools now test optional, it’s possible to submit your application without including your test scores. Many more schools adopted test-optional admissions during Covid, and they have continued this policy…

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What’s Next for College Admissions? A Reflection on the Supreme Court’s Affirmative Action Decision

What’s Next for College Admissions? A Reflection on the Supreme Court’s Affirmative Action Decision

…that students with greater resources and who have access to test prep tend to perform better on standardized tests (there’s a surprise!). By adopting test-optional admissions, colleges put greater emphasis…

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New College Admissions Data You Need To Know – and What YOU Can/Should Do About It

New College Admissions Data You Need To Know – and What YOU Can/Should Do About It

…with great proof) that it’s not necessarily where you go after high school that defines your identity; rather it’s what you do once there that is the greatest determinant of…

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Is College Worth It Now?

Is College Worth It Now?

…academic record. S/he’s earning mostly As in rigorous classes and has deep extra-curricular involvement. The standardized test scores are…good; not top tier, but they could be. As it stands today,…

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PSAT Scores Posted – What Your Scores Mean For Your College Admissions Prospects

PSAT Scores Posted – What Your Scores Mean For Your College Admissions Prospects

…anyone interested, but please reach out personally for that level of detail AND please note that fewer than 1% of test-takers will become National Merit Semi-finalists, so it should only…

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How To Overcome the Summer Doldrums & Do Something Positive That Will Help You Get Into (& Pay Less For) College

How To Overcome the Summer Doldrums & Do Something Positive That Will Help You Get Into (& Pay Less For) College

…because the test itself is mostly a reading test. Some colleges (i.e. Columbia, Wake Forest) ask on their application what books you have read recently. Some interviewers may ask the…

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Awkward Thanksgiving Conversations

Awkward Thanksgiving Conversations

…would rather pet the dog, or watch the football game, or play on the Xbox. Over the break, especially for students in the throes of the application or standardized testing…

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The End of Safety Schools + Why Deferred is NOT Denied & What You Can Do About It

The End of Safety Schools + Why Deferred is NOT Denied & What You Can Do About It

…already – either way, now is an opportunity. If a school shares specific instructions on next steps to address a deferral, such as sending updated test scores. or a 1st…

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FSU’s Snub, and College Admissions

FSU’s Snub, and College Admissions

…of applying to college today is not necessarily a feel-good exercise. It can seem unfair… and there can be disappointment. You/your child could have superb grades, test scores, academic rigor,…

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