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The Points-Captured System

The Points-Captured System

One of the most effective ways to measure performance on the ACT or SAT is with the points-captured system. It works like this. Say a student takes a diagnostic ACT and scores a 20 out of 36. That means there are 16 more points that the student could potentially...

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How to Choose Colleges

How to Choose Colleges

We recommend students apply to around 15 schools, divided into the following categories: Five Safety or “High Odds” Schools These are schools with high odds of admission and frequently include community colleges, state universities, and other large public schools....

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Should I Take the SAT/ACT?

Should I Take the SAT/ACT?

No. During the COVID-19 pandemic, many schools reevaluated the utility of including standardized testing in their admissions process. If testing is not your strong suit, you may be able to skip the tests if the school(s) you want to attend don’t require them. For more...

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The Ivy League Sparkle

The Ivy League Sparkle

I recently helped a high school sophomore with his application to Cornell's Precollege Studies program. As he wrote and I edited, I had a gut feeling that his application had what I call the “Ivy League Sparkle”. There was something special about it, something that...

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