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Student Voice: Major Choices

Four classes. A maximum of 18 credits. An endless amount of course permutations. I sat dumbfounded at the dawn of my assigned class registration time-slot, still hesitant about which classes I found most compelling, and which academic path I wanted to undertake. I hastily referenced the Excel spreadsheets my parents assisted me in assembling, each one outlining a different class combination for the Winter 2015 semester. I anxiously opened up Internet tabs mapping out the…

New College Board Policy Means Easier Access To Testing Accommodations

The College Board has revised its policy for applying for testing accommodations, making it easier for eligible students to receive the support they need on the PSAT, SAT, SAT Subject tests and AP exams.

Beginning January 1, 2017 most students who are approved for and are using testing accommodations at their school (through an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or 504 Plan) will be approved when they apply to College Board for the same accommodations. Most private school…

High-Tech Gift Ideas

If you need a gift idea, check out these suggestions for technology: gopro-hero3-camera-front Gopro Camera Make your own movie with music and effects using this advanced camera that captures vibrations and movements in action. You can even shoot underwater videos with incredible images!  vr-refresh-tech-set Virtual Reality Headset Sony PlayStation VR You can have an unbelievable gaming experience or watch a movie in full 3-D with these high-tech headsets.     Headphones: airpod

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Holiday Gift Ideas: Books

If you need a gift idea, check out these suggestions for books! Our friends at Wellesley Books offer suggestions in a range of genres:

 

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Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead gives us a terrifying glimpse into an imagined past in which each state was able to pass its own laws in regard to slavery and treatment of people of color. The underlying fear of white southerners that the slaves population would soon outnumber their own leads them to terrifying ends and is not so …

Event Announcements

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Fordham University is hosting Ram Sessions in New England this fall:
Newton: 
Monday, October 3, 7:00 PM              
Hingham: 
Tuesday, October 4, 7:00 PM
Providence
Tuesday, October 18, 7:00 PM

 

O’Connor Professional Group is offering the event, “Should I Be Worried: Signs That Parents Of Emerging Adults May Not Want To See.” Parenting an emerging adult or teenager is a delicate balance between supporting burgeoning autonomy and providing oversight.Please…

Caitlin McGill Earns Writing Accolades

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Many of our high school senior clients know Caitlin McGill, who joined Educational Advocates as a part-time writing specialist in 2013, because she has reviewed and commented on their near-final Common Application essays. What students may not know is that, beyond editing, Caitlin is an accomplished writer. She recently returned from Bread Loaf at Middlebury College, the oldest and one of the most prestigious writers’ conferences in America. We caught up with Caitlin recently…

Testing

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

It’s fall of senior year so 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. Some colleges now allow students to self-report their test scores in the application and save money.  The apply checklist on each college website will indicate if self-reported scores are  accepted.  Here are some  additional…

Making Sense of New SAT & ACT Scores

The world of standardized testing has changed significantly over the past 20+ years. The SAT is no longer the “go to” test for college admission; the ACT has acquired a good chunk of the market share and scores on the new (revised) SAT are inflated and thus misleading. This makes it challenging for students to understand their scores and determine which test is a better fit.

The College Board has undergone two major adjustments to the SAT over the past 20 years. The first was in 2005…

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Harshly Scored ACT Writing Section Causing Panic

The calls and emails trickled in following the release of this fall’s ACT writing tests, with many sounding something like this:

“Uh oh, I just got my writing score and it was only a 24.” (This student had a 34 ACT composite with 36 being the highest one can earn on the test, a stellar score).

By December, every one of our students who scored high on the ACT composite reported a relatively low writing section score despite writing a strong essay. College admissions list serves lit up…

Educational Advocates College Consulting

PSAT Scores: Making Sense of Your Results

By now most students have received their PSAT score reports, which arrived a month later than College Board, administrator of the test, promised. (As of this writing, however, students from a few high schools still had not received their scores). Beyond the logistical issues, counselors, test preparation professionals and educational consultants nationwide have observed a strange trend related to this crop of PSAT results—the percentiles are unusually high. No one can…

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