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Regarding the PSAT

Sophomore and Junior PSAT scores were released this week, and our phones started ringing with questions about them. What’s a good score? Should I start practicing now? Which test do I take: the ACT or SAT? If you are a junior or the parent of a junior, and haven’t started working with us yet, please [...]

December 15th, 2017|0 Comments

The Gender Gap and Scores

The gender discussion has come to a head in recent weeks in the news. The testing industry has been concerned with score discrepancies and gender for quite some time, though. Back in 1996, a complaint was filed against ETS when it came out that boys only made up 45% of the PSAT/NMSQT testers, but were [...]

December 9th, 2017|0 Comments

Health for College

For those of us who have sent children off to college, we know the anxiety and stress that comes along with the excitement. The oldest child is often the most challenging because of the unknowns and then when the youngest heads off, it can leave the quiet in our homes sounding very loud. One of the [...]

November 14th, 2017|0 Comments

Reminder: FAFSA and CSS are open

October 1 was the first day that anyone expecting to apply for financial aid could access, complete, and submit the FAFSA and CSS/PROFILE. Here's what you need to know about these forms and their deadlines. -All institutions require submission of the FAFSA for financial aid consideration. For current high school seniors expecting to attend college [...]

November 8th, 2017|0 Comments

It’s not personal. It’s business.

“It’s not personal. It’s business.” While readers may recognize this quote from a renowned movie trilogy featuring Michael Corleone, it can often be used to describe the admissions process at competitive colleges. The fact that college admissions is not personal, and may actually be flawed, is the subject of Eric Hoover’s two articles in the [...]

November 3rd, 2017|0 Comments

Don’t worry about the PSAT scores

As November is upon us, high school juniors (and some sophomores) have just taken the PSAT. They were offered in October at many schools, and we just wanted to remind both students and parents that the PSATs are nothing to be afraid of.  At best they can help you earn some scholarship money through the [...]

November 1st, 2017|0 Comments

Don’t Worry About It

Don’t worry about it. This is one of my favorite things to tell students and parents. I do realize that although it sounds simple, it is a loaded statement. The New York Times Magazine’s cover article this week was entitled “The Kids Who Can’t: Why are more American teenagers than ever are suffering from severe [...]

October 21st, 2017|0 Comments

What to do when for standardized tests: An overview of the ACT and SAT

Recently, I gave a talk in the local community about how to get through standardized testing with a smile. One of the most rewarding aspects of my job is when students email me, telling me that they improved and got the score (or above what) they were aiming for.  If you’re a parent, you may [...]

October 6th, 2017|0 Comments

On the Subject of the Math 2 Subject Test by Jon Tarella

Even as more and more colleges are dropping their standardized testing requirements, the presence of solid test scores still looks good on any application.  This is particularly true at the most competitive colleges in the country, where thousands of applicants are rejected by schools at which, by all academic measures, those students could have thrived.  [...]

August 30th, 2017|0 Comments

Learning to Learn

I look forward to reading the Education Life section of The New York Times, which comes out four times a year, the way some people look forward to reading Sports Illustrated. This last release was filled with many wonderful articles, but the one that caught my imagination was entitled, "You, Too, Can Rewire Your Brain." [...]

August 15th, 2017|0 Comments