SAT and ACT for Students with Disability: Plan Ahead

Consider this scenario: Andrea has a language-based learning disability first diagnosed in third grade. She received academic support services from a reading specialist until age 11. As she entered ninth grade, she had mastered reading strategies and her team felt she no longer required services under an Individual Education Plan (IEP). Andrea’s parents, however, were concerned that she would not be able to finish high school exams because she reads very slowly.


Drinking and the College Visit

It has been a busy day at Popular University, but Kristy is exhilarated after her time on campus. She’s sat in on a biology class, taken a campus tour, had dinner with her student host, and is planning on completing the night by attending a party thrown by one of the school’s many fraternities. She gets to the party and is immediately offered a beer by one of the frat’s members.

For many high school students, the college visit offers the optimal way of trying out …

Books For Your Library

With so much emphasis in our culture on college admissions, more and more titles on a variety of related topics are published each year. Here are a few books that are worth a second look.

The Parents We Mean to Be: How Well-Intentioned Adults Undermine Children’s Moral and Emotional Development by Harvard’s Richard Weissbourd cautions that we are doing our children a disservice by driving them toward achievement at all costs. Most worrisome is that the quest for personal…

Navigating A College Website: 10 Tips for Getting the Answers You Seek

Most college websites are chock full of useful information if you know what to look for. Whether you are a junior just beginning your research or a senior with several acceptances in hand, these tips might help you get some answers.

1. News You Can Use – Look at the news on the home page to see if the college seems like a lively, active place. It’s a positive sign if faculty, alumni and student work and research are highlighted and if interesting guests are visiting campus. Suffolk University

A Teen’s Guide to Getting Published

With blogs, Twitter, and Facebook, it is very easy for anyone with internet access to publish almost anything online. A few keystrokes and a push of a button are all it takes for you to post a blog post, update, or reply on any number of sites. However, despite the convenience of these tools, there is something infinitely more rewarding when seeing your writing go out under the auspices of a respected publication.

“But wait,” you might be thinking to yourself, “Who

Educational Advocates Has Moved

Happy 2012! We hope all of you have had a wonderful holiday season and a good new year. For us here at Educational Advocates, the end of the year brought a major change: we’ve moved to a new office suite just up the road from our Washington Square location. Our new address is:
1678 Beacon Street
Brookline, MA 02445

Our phone number (617-734-3700) and fax number (617-734-3751) remain the same.

We look forward to serving you in our new office suite.…

Ready, Set, Apply: A Checklist to Help the Class of 2012 Finish Their College Applications

With the November 15th deadline for some college applications lurking around the corner, it is time for high school seniors to start submitting applications. However, before pressing the “Submit” button and hoping for the best, there are a few steps that students should take in order to make sure that the applications are complete and to help prepare for the next steps in the application process:

  • Apply early. Don’t wait until the last minute to send in your

SAT Science Subject Tests: To Take or Not?

by Katerina Buff

This year your freshmen, sophomore, or junior started taking a new science class. Whether it is biology, chemistry, or physics, you may be wondering whether your child should plan to take the corresponding SAT Subject Test or not. Here are some frequently asked questions to help you think through the decision:

My son has done well in biology; does it mean he will be as successful in chemistry or physics?
Not necessarily. Although biology, chemistry, and physics…

Are Certain Topics Off-Limits in a College Admissions Essay?

Since we are always on the lookout to find resources to help students with this task, I was excited to see an article from The College of William and Mary blog on writing essays and opening lines to not use. At first glance, the post some important points, such as the value in starting the essay strong and keeping the reader invested in what you are writing about. However, the post quickly shifts to a litany of complaints about commonly used subjects, such as overcoming an injury, making…

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