‘Tis the season for college applications

The countdown to college application due dates has begun! Do you know your deadlines?


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Dream big and take small steps

Welcome back to school! A new school year means a fresh start in your academic journey and new goals for yourself (and not just academic-focused ones). Before the school slips away from you, spend some time thinking about where you would like to be at the end of June. Consider your academic, co-curricular, and personal aspirations for the school year and what you will need to do to reach them. Dream big! But remember big dreams are usually multifaceted and are best accomplished by dividing your goals into many small steps.  Work toward your big goals by checking off the small steps that you must take to accomplish your dreams over time. As you check each completed step off of your to-do list; reflect on where you are now, where you are heading, and where you started. In June you will be amazed at your progress and proud of a year well spent. Photo by Dana Lookadoo on Flickr Creative Commons License Photo used as is.  No changes...
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Why should I care about AP courses and AP exams and SAT Subject Tests?

Good question. Not all schools require these subject-based tests or AP exams and who wants to sit down for an extra exam? Well, think about this a bit more before you make your final registration decisions for next year.  The most important part of your college applications is how your academic transcript presents your case.  You want to get the best grades you can — of course. But don’t forget that the rigor of your courses is important as well.  Taking honors and AP courses (if your high school offers these) is a great way of showing colleges that you are a serious student and that you want to challenge yourself by taking courses that require you to work hard. AP Courses and AP Exams: Not only do high scores on these exams offer students college credit for only the cost of the exam (3-6 credits for under $100 — credit offered varies by college), but also having these courses on your transcript shows you have selected some of the most challenging courses offered at your high school. Think of  AP courses as boot camp for college because the Admissions Officers at your first choice school will do the same. Additionally, some schools have changed their admissions policies regarding standardized testing.  Test-flexible policies allow applicants to submit these AP exam scores in place of SAT or ACT scores as part of their admissions application . Schools with this policy include: University of Rochester test flexible policy New York University standardized testing policy Brandeis University SAT Subject tests: These are less well known than AP exams.  Plan to take subject tests in May or June of the year you are taking that subject.  These exams are 60 minutes each and you can take up to three in one session.  While not all schools require these exams your scores will be included on your SAT report to schools.  This is a good way to shine in a particular subject.  For more information click here:  SAT Subject tests. Remember high school is a great time to explore your academic interests and see what you love and where you excel. While you don’t need to take honors, AP, or SAT subject tests in all academic areas, find what you enjoy and try at least one to three more rigorous courses every...
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High school juniors–no rest for the weary!

Admissions1 offer eight easy tips for meeting your college exploration goals during junior year of high school


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The long and winding road toward college admissions

Think about taking the SAT II Subject tests this May or June. Plan early so you don’t miss the registration deadlines.


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