The Vine

A blog where Ivy Experience disentangles college admissions

How to Handle College Decisions

Below is an email we sent to the parents of our senior students, but its message is important for all families at any point in the college admissions process: We urge you to read this note. It is long, but it is important. For many students and families in December,...

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Interpreting PSAT Scores

This fall, more than 3.5 million high school juniors and sophomores took the PSAT, a preliminary version of the SAT delivered by College Board. Score reports will be returned to schools on December 11th-13th. Parents and students face several questions when they...

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7 Common Mistakes on the Common App

If you are applying to college, you will almost certainly be using the Common Application. The original intent behind the Common App idea was to lower the barriers to applying by reducing the amount of paperwork and confusion a student might come across. What has...

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The ACT is Shifting to Computer-Based Testing

The ACT has had plans to shift to a computer-based testing format for years. For the 2018-2019 school year, all international tests will be administered via computer for security reasons. Some school districts in the United States that require all students to take the...

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Acceptance Rates for Top Colleges – 2018

Every year, colleges become more competitive. The top colleges in the country are not growing as quickly as the number of qualified applicants, which leads acceptance rates to shrink year after year. Click here to see acceptance rates for the 100 most selective...

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