December Snapshot: Self-Reported Test Scores

Rather than sending test scores directly through the College Board or ACT, students now have the option to self-report test scores at over 60 colleges.   Students who self-report test scores may list their scores on the college application or upload an unofficial score report, depending on the college's requirements. Once students enroll in the college, they must send the official test score ...

Stop the Insanity! Staying Sane During the College Admissions Process

With the November 1 early college deadline this week, the college application frenzy is going fast and furious. From filling out the Common Application to writing and rewriting essays to scheduling interviews, it is very easy for students (and parents) to get caught up in the flurry of activity that comes with the college admissions process. However, while a little stress during this process is unavoidable, ...

Every Essay Counts! How To Tackle the “Why This College?” Prompt

Many colleges ask a variation on the “Why do you want to attend our college question?” Their goal is to determine how well you know yourself and their college, if you have interests and ideas about what you want to gain from your college experience and to see if you are a good fit for the school. Keep these tips in mind as you write your “Why Us?” essay. 1. Be interesting.  Students applying ...

Revision and Editing: What Makes A College Essay Work?

So you have written a first draft of your college essay, and deep down you know it needs work. However, you are feeling a bit stuck because you find it really embarrassing to write about yourself. Plus, everyone keeps telling you that your essay must be personal, that it needs to SHOW not TELL, and that it needs to be interesting and grammatically correct. You know you need help, but where do you turn? ...

Tips for Getting Started on the Common Application

Before 1975, every college had a separate paper application that needed to be individually hand written or typed and sent via snail mail. The Common Application was introduced that year to provide a single application that could be completed once and sent to all schools.The Common Application has come a long way since then, and now includes over 700 college members’ individual questions and supplemental ...

Five Tips For Reporting SAT, ACT and AP Scores To Colleges

Fall of senior year has actually arrived and it is time to get into the nitty-gritty details of applying to colleges. If you want a college to see standardized test scores, you will need to have them sent officially by ACT or College Board  for the SAT and SAT Subject tests. Here are some tips:1: Decide if you are submitting scores.Check the college’s website to determine if it is “test optional.” If ...

How To Review and Submit Your Common Application

It is hard to believe you will be hitting submit after all your hard work researching colleges, writing essays and slogging miles doing college visits. This video will help you understand how to preview your common application by generating a pdf, why you must proof it, and, finally, how to submit it. Congratulations on getting this far! ...
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