Vermont is a popular destination for Educational Advocates’ college applicants, who are attracted to the state’s drivable location, accessibility of skiing, hiking and other outdoor activities, Ben and Jerry’s, and the focus on environmental issues. Even more importantly, Vermont’s amazingly diverse educational options truly offer something for every applicant. I was “lucky” to be included on a consultant tour of 14 colleges in 5 days, and here are some highlights:…
This fall, most juniors will take the PSAT, a practice standardized test that is very similar to the SAT used in college admissions. Both tests have similar content, format and scoring, and the PSAT is considered good preparation for and helpful in predicting SAT scores.
- The PSAT includes two components:
1. Evidence Based Reading and Writing
- Within the Evidence Based Reading and Writing there are two tests: the Reading Test and the Writing and Language Test.
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Many students are on the go all summer, and it can be difficult to schedule time for standardized test preparation. Many students also know that Khan Academy is an online resource that offers SAT practice tests, interactive problems, videos and more.
It is now possible to link your College Board test results with Khan Academy to get a personalized SAT study plan based on your results.
- Go to SAT Practice, then create an account on Khan Academy, or sign into your existing account.
Like many of you, our family recently visited four schools in four different states, and brought back a great deal of information. Here are some highlights:
Georgetown University – Most applicants know that Georgetown abuts a bustling residential neighborhood of shops and restaurants, but our expectation of a very urban feel changed as we approached campus from the Potomac River side and saw that it is perched atop a hill overlooking the water and beautiful parks. The students…
When making admissions decisions, most colleges place the greatest emphasis on a student’s transcript, but the majority also require applicants to submit standardized test scores.
- Plan Ahead – Early junior year is an ideal time to plan a standardized testing strategy. Look at the calendar and consider when time will be available for diagnostic testing, test preparation, and the actual test dates. Consider time commitments including sports, work, and family vacations,
When students envision themselves filling out college applications, they typically picture the components they have heard others discussing: “the big essay,” an activities list, or what to list as a major. However, students should know that there are often multiple application options available—The Common Application, The Coalition Application, and college-specific applications, and it is beneficial to preview the options and consider which will help you most effectively…
Educational Advocates consultants devote A LOT of time to touring colleges, to stay on top of new developments and personally assess the culture at different schools. Here is a snapshot of what I learned on a recent Independent Educational Consultants Association tour to nine colleges in upstate New York:
Rochester Institute of Technology is set in suburban Rochester with 15,700 undergraduates and a signature co-op program that enables students to get paid, full-time work…
Costa Certified as MBTI Practictioner: Now Offering Assessment To High School, College Students And Adults
Educational Advocates’s Cathy Costa recently became certified as a practitioner of the Myers-Brigg Type Indicator (MBTI). The MBTI is the world’s most-used tool for understanding personality types, and it has proven beneficial in academic counseling and career development. By helping individuals understand their innate personality preferences and how they differ from others, an MBTI assessment can help individuals interact more productively with teams and identify…
Are you interested in the small liberal arts college experience, but don’t want to attend one of the same few schools everyone is applying to? Consider Denison University. Located in Granville Ohio, 30 minutes outside Columbus, Denison has a beautiful hilltop campus, designed by Central Park’s architect, Frederick Law Olmsted. Strong academics, a great sense of community, and high athletic participation and enthusiasm characterize the Denison experience.
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If you are a high school junior, in the past few months you’ve most likely visited some of the colleges that you had been researching. Here are your next steps.
Record your impressions – While the ideal scenario is to take notes while traveling, your first step upon returning home should be to mentally download what you learned about each school. If you took photos on your visits, review them to help trigger memories of what was positive, and be sure to note any negative impressions…