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May 18, 2016
Posted by Jeff Knox | in College Applications | Comments ()
  Last week I received an email that I was placed on a college’s waiting list. Waiting lists are getting more common these days, so getting pushed to the waitlist isn’t newsworthy necessarily. What is unusual is that I’m in my...
May 12, 2016
Posted by ben | in College Applications, Application Essays | Comments ()
        The Coalition App joins the Common App and the (lesser known) Universal College Application in offering college applicants a convenient, online methods for applying to colleges. Essays are components of all three...
May 11, 2016
Posted by Ned Johnson | in Musings | Comments ()
The new SAT that many of us took on Saturday was, in many ways, more of the same.  It remains an SAT, not an ACT.  A few big observations and some specifics: Over all, it remains trickiness rather than difficulty of content that...
May 3, 2016
Posted by Jeff Knox | in Colleges, Counselors | Comments ()
Just as Tax Day (April 15) was delayed because of where it fell on the calendar, so will the work of many admissions offices who as of today, May 3, have the data they need to confirm the freshman classes of Fall 2016. Sunday was National College...
April 21, 2016
Posted by Jeff Knox | in Admissions | Comments ()
Getting waitlisted can be a tortuous tease, so here is some advice that will make the process better for you emotionally and may even increase your odds of getting accepted. 1. Waitlist is not a rejection. Congratulations! You were sort of...
April 11, 2016
Posted by ben | in | Comments ()
How has your career path led you to work as an educational counselor at PrepMatters (MD)? As an undergrad at the University of Pittsburgh (PA), I was active in the admission office. I was a tour guide (we called ourselves the Pitt Pathfinders), and...
March 23, 2016
Posted by aaron.golumbfskie | in APs, Subject Tests | Comments ()
You've taken the SAT or ACT once, maybe twice. You've got a great set of scores. You're beginning to page through those thick college books and get excited. What now? The good news is that the two most important factors in college...
March 18, 2016
Posted by ben | in Colleges | Comments ()
We take a look at two universities that fight every year for top honors in the rankings -- both for excellence and for value. As the flagship campuses of their respective states, both have long, proud traditions, and both have sterling...
March 3, 2016
Posted by Ned Johnson | in SAT | Comments ()
A current student, in hearing her friends fret about the SAT, offered up this sage thought: "Can you think of anything you don't get better at by practicing?"   Apart from playing the lottery, not too many things....
March 1, 2016
Posted by Ned Johnson | in ACT, SAT | Comments ()
I have a file in my email titled "SAT Fails" filled with photos of student work with errors such as x + 3 = 10 with x=8. Or, 2x * x = 3x. It’s either utterly comedic or a Hall of Horrors, depending on your perspective...
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