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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 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

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

Essay season is here!

I look forward to reading the essays of the four finalists each year when The New York Times publishes their favorite college essays having to do with social class and work. (One year, a student we worked with was a finalist!). This year I was particularly enamored. What gorgeous writing! What insights! What inspiration! The [...]

May 16th, 2017|0 Comments

Wait, what did the College Board just say?!

Last week, there was an interesting development from The College Board who disclosed that there is a positive correlation between test preparation (using Khan Academy, which we highly encourage our students to use) and increased scores on the SAT. Multi-million dollar companies have been built on this premise. The President of the College Board states, [...]

May 15th, 2017|0 Comments

Why some of my students improve their scores greatly…and others don’t

In the last two weeks, I have received results from my students who took the March SAT and the April ACT. Some of their results are stellar: a few students jumped around 200 points from their PSAT scores to the actual SAT.  Another couple of students raised their ACT Composite scores by 5 or more [...]

April 28th, 2017|0 Comments

Leadership: A Conversation with College Counselor Kathleen DeLuca About What Colleges Really Value

What do colleges look for? Leadership, leadership, LEADERSHIP! At least that is the message that most college-bound students are receiving. This trend is highlighted in two recent articles published by The New York Times and The Huffington Post.  Both articles illuminate that most colleges seek students who exhibit qualities such as excellence, passion, and service [...]

April 1st, 2017|0 Comments

Don’t Be a Sheep!

By Nicole Oringer, Ivy Ed Founder and Partner As a college counselor for the past 27 years, my greatest message to families is not to focus on branding but to be good consumers when it comes to purchasing this very odd commodity called higher education. As a result of my never-ending quest to find tools [...]

February 10th, 2017|0 Comments

ACT to SAT Concordance and Test Dates

Concordance ACT to SAT ACT and the College Board have completed a concordance study that is designed to examine the relationship between two scores on the ACT and SAT. These concordance tables do not equate scores, but rather provide a tool for finding comparable scores. 2016-2017 SAT/ACT Test Dates   Check with your Guidance Office and College Board [...]

September 12th, 2016|0 Comments

The only constant is change…when it comes to the ACT

The ACT is changing its Writing Test scoring system….again. As you may know, the ACT essay format changed in September of 2015. It went from 30 minutes to 40 minutes, and from a personal opinion essay to an analytical and argumentative essay with three perspectives on a given topic. The scoring system had also changed; [...]

June 29th, 2016|0 Comments