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September 2015, marked the launch of the ACT’s new “enhanced” writing section. The revised test was designed to improve the writing assessment’s accuracy by pinpointing each student’s specific strengths and weaknesses. However, rather than giving a richer overview of a student’s writing abilities, the new section is fraught with issues which are impacting students, parents and admission officers.  Read more


Monday, January 11, 2016

How to Beat Senioritis

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It’s hard to believe but 2015 is about to come to an end which means our children are one year closer to going off to college. As exciting as this might be, it is also bittersweet and for many of us, foreboding. As we start 2016, we wanted to share some of our favorite New Year’s Resolutions which we hope will reduce the angst and keep your homelife calm and stress-free (or at least, as stress-free as possible considering we’re raising teenagers).   Read more


Last week, we discussed the college interview. As we mentioned, a college interview can be extremely beneficial because it helps admission officers see you as a whole person rather than just a name on a page. Sometimes location and logistics make it impossible to have an in-person interview.  When this happens, see if you can schedule a Skype interview instead. Similar to an in-person interview, Skype interviews provide a great opportunity to stand out from the crowd and make a good impression. If you have a Skype interview coming up be sure to keep in mind these Skype-specific tips:   Read more


You took the ACT, asked for letters of recommendation, filled out applications and wrote many essays. All that’s left are college interviews. Still feeling stressed? Don’t worry you got this!   Read more


Wednesday, October 21, 2015

10 Tips for Filling Out Applications

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Monday, September 21, 2015

Writing the "Why" Essay

Now that we have covered writing the Common Application main essay, it’s time to focus on another type of essay that we affectionately call the “Why” essay. As the name indicates, this essay asks the student to address their reasons for applying to a specific school. For example here is the prompt from the 2015-2016 Boston University application:  Read more


Last week’s blog focused on choosing a topic for your Common App main essay. This week we are getting into the nuts and bolts of writing, with tips and suggestions for how to craft your perfect essay.   Read more


September is here, the college application season is in full swing, and although for many, the prospect of going off to college is exciting, we know the application process can be daunting. But fear not, over the course of the next few months we will share tips, advice and suggestions to help you through the process. So let’s begin by focusing on developing a topic for the Common Application’s main essay.   Read more

It’s hard to believe but it’s been 40 years since the Common Application was first developed. As the name indicates, the “Common App,” is a single, standardized application that is accepted at multiple colleges and universities. The developers of the application, the Common Application Membership Association, strive to create a holistic application that is fair, reliable and accessible. Through the years, the membership association has expanded from 15 members to well over 500. That means there are now over 500 colleges and universities worldwide that accept the Common Application. Since its inception, the Common App has evolved and this year, the 2015-2016 version includes several new changes that are designed to make the user interface easier, more straightforward and give applicants and admissions officers more options. Here are 4 of the biggest changes.  Read more


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