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  • 7 Study Tips for the AP Exams

    If you follow these seven steps, you’ll likely increase your chances at doing well on your AP exams. 1. Make a Plan Start now by creating your plan, because failing to plan is planning to fail. You need to know what you need to know, how you’re going to acquire that knowledge, and the sequence of study by which to acquire it. 2. Familiarize Yourself with the Questions Become ...

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Generated 2 weeks ago

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  • How To Write An Uncommonly Good Common App Essay – Part I

    Our philosophy about application essays has always been that none of them – we repeat “none of them” – are or ever have been about the prompts: all of them are about you, the student. That’s not to say that you should ever respond in a completely off-topic way to any prompt, but even the standard “Why are you interested in attending ______ University?” question needs to ...

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  • Tell Me You’re Kidding: ACT Tells Colleges WHAT? (Part II)

      In Part I of this series, we laid out the problem with ACT’s four free score reports included in the “base” price of the testing. ACT’s reporting method might have an unfavorable impact on your college applications. And we promised we’d tell you what to do about that problem in Part II. While you’d incur additional expense by requesting that a score report be sent to a school at some ...

  • Tell Me You’re Kidding: ACT Tells Colleges WHAT? (Part I)

    Imagine there’s somebody you want to ask out on a very special date – maybe to the prom – but you find out that you’re no better than his/her fourth choice. Not particularly flattering or encouraging, is it? Having found out, are you more likely or less likely to ask that person to go out on that date? Now imagine, subsequently, that the person asks you to go on that...

Score At The Top Learning Centers & Schools

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  • Being “Average” is Beginning to Look Good — and That’s a Very Bad Thing

    Last March, in a blog post entitled The Florida public schools’ student-to-counselor ratio, aka “Do we really want to be average?, we decried the fact that Florida public high schools’ student-to-counselor ratio in 2013-14 exactly matched the national average. Result? An average of only about five and one-half minutes of face-to-face time between student and counselor each week (based on...

Score At The Top Learning Centers & Schools

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  • Juniors – NOW is the Right Time to Start Planning for College Application Season Next Fall

    To apply and be accepted to college, timing is everything. For a successful “application season” next summer, fall, and winter, remember this: if you wait to do the things you need to do, then some of your best opportunities to position yourself could be gone, and the remaining possibilities will have to be addressed in a shorter time span. Being unprepared and late might mean that you fo...

  • Should I take that free SAT/ACT class at school?

    I wouldn't ask a person to run an 1800-acre vegetable and berry farm if her only experience was growing broccoli and pole beans in backyard raised beds. Nor would I want a general aviation pilot (read lots of single-engine Cessna experience only, in this case) to fly me in a Boeing 747. Certified electricians are great at what they do; plumbers, too. But they don't typically m...

  • Deferred From One of Your Top-Choice Colleges? Nine Things You MUST Do

    There’s nothing good about getting deferred from early decision (ED) or early action (EA), but you can do a few things to increase your chances of turning that deferral into an eventual acceptance during the regular round. We’re going to share them with you. Remain optimistic. Lots of highly selective (“target”) schools have seen a significant increase in early decision or early ac...

  • Three Things To Do After Getting Your PSAT Score

    Now that the wait’s nearly over and you’re soon going to get your PSAT scores, there seems to be only three alternatives: Your score’s going to be so good that every school’s going to want you, so bad that no school will ever want you, or so middling that you’ll wonder why you even bothered. And because your score’s going to be whatever it’s going to be – the die have been cast, and y...

  • SAT or ACT: For Which Test Should You Prep? — Part 2: Reading

    In our previously posted Part 1 of this two-parter, we noted that …the SAT’s Reading section allows 43% more time/question than does the ACT’s comparable section…If the passages and questions were all of equal difficulty, the SAT would be one’s obvious choice, and while we have to say that that’s generally so for the ACT’s English and the SAT’s Writing and Language sections…the ...

  • SAT or ACT: For Which Test Should You Prep?

    The simple answer to that question: prep for the test on which you’re going to do the best, though that “simple answer” requires some unpacking to be meaningful. We’ll help. Time per Question This is major. The ACT allows significantly less time per question than does the SAT. For example, the SAT’s Reading section allows 43% more time/question than does the ACT’s comparable section, ...

  • Gaming the SAT: Thirty-Six Tips for Getting a Better Score

      By “gaming,” we mean improving your score from what it would be if you didn’t have these tips. There certainly are things that you can do to improve your SAT scores, and we’re going to share a few of them.   Before You Take the Test Understand that you can improve! With that understanding and some effort, you really can: We see it all of the time with our students. ...

  • SAT-ACT Discord…and Concordance: Or “Why Can’t They All Just Get Along?”

    Although College Board and ACT have worked together to create SAT-ACT concordance tables for previous versions of these tests, the newest concordance table reflects no such cooperation between these two competitors. Earlier this year, College Board issued concordance tables comparing not only Old SAT scores with the New SAT scores – but, purportedly, between the New SAT and the ACT....

  • Apply for the Bright Futures Scholarship in 2016-2017

    The Bright Futures Scholarship program rewards Florida high school graduates for their academic achievements – and isn’t need-based. Money is available for use at almost all undergraduate schools in the state of Florida. Minimum Eligibility Requirements Type 16 Course Credits ...

  • 7 “To-dos” When Submitting College Applications

    1. Print a copy of your application BEFORE you submit. Make sure you’ve printed a copy of the application for your records – as well as the confirmation of submission and payment of application fee. 2. Ensure that your transcript has been sent. Unless you know for absolute certainty that your Guidance Office has already sent off your official transcript, remind your counselor of looming...

  • The Latest Scoop on Florida’s State University System (SUS) Schools – Part 3: FSU, FAU, USF

    In Part 3 of this blog series on Florida’s state university system (SUS), you’ll learn some interesting facts about Florida State University (FSU), Florida Atlantic University (FAU), the University of South Florida (USF), and Florida International University (FIU). As before, our colleagues at International College Counselors contributed some of information in this blog, and a...

  • Colleges Asking for Resumes in 2016-2017

    Don’t have a detailed résumé of your activities and accomplishments in high school? Well, now is the time to create one ― and keep it updated until you apply to college! This year, more than 25% of the colleges on the Common Application provide opportunities to upload your activity résumé – and several other colleges have also provided upload opportunities. Take advantage of...

  • The Latest Scoop on Florida’s State University System (SUS) Schools – Part 2: FCGU, UWF, UNF

    Again, our thanks to our colleagues at International College Counselors for their admirable contributions to the information in this series of blogs. In Part 2 we bring you news about Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU), the University of West Florida (UWF) , and the University of North Florida (UNF). All GPA, ACT score, SAT score, and admission rate information that appears ...

  • The Latest Scoop on Florida’s State University System (SUS) Schools – Part 1

    With kudos to our colleagues at International College Counselors for their contributions to the information in this series of blogs, we want to tell you “what’s up” at each of the 13 schools in Florida’s SUS. We’ll start our series with the University of Florida. UF now uses only the Coalition Application, and, based on our actual experience, it’s user friendliness is very much a ...

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  • Round Holes (Schools) and Square Pegs (Students): Beware the Sirens’ songs of “prestige” and “selectivity” - Part II

    Part II: Square Pegs In Part I, Round Holes, we considered how you should look at colleges – the criteria to bring to your search for happiness. In this part, we’ll ask you to get in touch with your gut feelings. In an article titled 5 Ways To Find Your College Fit, Mim L. Runey, president of the Providence Campus and chief operating officer of Johnson & Wales University, provided advic...

  • Round Holes (Schools) and Square Pegs (Students): Beware the Sirens’ songs of “prestige” and “selectivity” Part I

    Part I: The Round Holes “I thought the ‘best’ college for me was the most selective - I was wrong” is the title of a washingtonpost.com article that you can find via this link: http://tinyurl.com/zj3h765. The article relates the story of a student, Sophia Zupanc, who earlier this year was a freshman at a prestigious eastern college, and it reads, in part, I am on...

  • How to Use Your Phone to Help You Succeed in School

    The profound advances in technology have rendered the phrase, "the dog ate my homework," obsolete. With the right phone, you have no excuse for slacking on homework, tests, or papers. The right tools to turn you from procrastinator to do-er can be found at your fingertips—literally. Not convinced? Use this list as bargaining points to differentiate you from every other procrastinati...

  • Nine Tips for Completing the Common Application

      1. Start with the essay, because in order to do it right, it’s going to take lots of time and multiple drafts. Get started immediately, because procrastinating on something you’ve got to do anyway is senseless and robs you of “oops” time when something unexpected comes up that truly delays completing it. Pick a prompt that you think might allow you to tell a story about yourself and then...

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