Test-Optional Policies: What Juniors Need to Know

Test Optional Covid

With the spread of “test-optional” policies nationwide, the term itself has become broadly used and widely misinterpreted. In this post, we outline what test-optional does and does not mean, and what students should do as a result. What is “Test-Optional”?...

How to Contact Admissions

Whether it is a pandemic or not, whether you can visit or not, you will eventually want to reach out to someone on a college campus. You may want to show demonstrated interest in the college or get an authentic...

How to Show Demonstrated Interest

You know the difference between the SAT and the ACT. You know when to ask for teacher recommendation letters. You have chosen courses that will challenge you without overwhelming you. What more could you do to strengthen your chances of...

Finding the Right Scholarships for You

When thinking about how to pay for college, many families immediately turn to student loans. But there are thousands of sources of free money your student can utilize—if they put forth the effort to find them.  Students can earn scholarships...

Paying for College: Maximizing Merit Aid

Your student has worked hard all through high school, and now it’s time to apply to college. Hopefully, their grades will not only give them more options for their college list, but also unlock financial rewards in the form of...

What is superscoring?

As you research a college and its application process, you may find a passage that defines the school’s score choice policy, like this example from Johns Hopkins University. Or, you may come across a mention of superscoring in an article...

What to Do Before the SAT or ACT

We get it: the ACT and SAT can be terrifying tests. Students spend days, weeks, and months preparing for them. They are one of the crucial five factors within your control during the college application process, and after all that...

The College List: Aiming for Appropriate Target Schools

As students build their college lists, they may have a balance of likely, target, and reach schools.  Likely schools are ones where students have an extremely high chance of being admitted; you could call them “back-up” or “insurance” options. Reach...