Friday March 7, 2014
Best wishes to the thousands of prospective college students who are taking the SAT on Saturday, March 8th. Scores for the exam will be available online on March 27th. If you don't feel that your performance was as strong as you had hoped, don't worry too much. All of the country's most selective colleges and universities have holistic admissions; that is, they look at the whole applicant, not just numerical data. A strong academic record, a winning essay, good letters of recommendation and interesting extracurricular involvement can help compensate for less-than-ideal SAT scores.
Also remember that more and more colleges are going test-optional -- there are now over 850 4-year colleges and universities that do not require SAT or ACT scores. The test-optional schools include some excellent choices: Bowdoin, Holy Cross, Mount Holyoke, Pitzer, Wake Forest, DePaul and many others.
More SAT Information
Thursday March 6, 2014
UCSD, the University of California San Diego, frequently ranks among the top public universities and top engineering schools in the United States. And with an acceptance rate of 35%, it is one of the more selective universities in the University of California System.
Geisel Library at UCSD
Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin
My assistant Marisa visited the campus, shot some photos, and put together this UCSD Photo Tour. Enjoy!
Thursday March 6, 2014
The College Board just announced some of the details for the new, redesigned SAT that will launch in the spring of 2016 (sophomore and juniors--you'll still be taking the current version of the SAT). The SAT has been losing ground to the ACT for years, and critics of the SAT frequently point to studies that show the exam better predicts a student's income level than it predicts college readiness. The new exam will better align the exam will high school curricula and with the actual skills that are essential for college success.
Here are some of the notable changes:
- Less emphasis on obscure and rarely used vocabulary words like "pulchritude" and "turpitude."
- No guessing penalty.
- The essay will be optional.
- Some math sections will not allow calculators.
- More emphasis on analyzing and synthesizing information.
- Computer-based exams at some locations.
Learn about more of the changes to the SAT here: The Redesigned SAT
Tuesday March 4, 2014
Selective colleges and universities want students who have more to offer than just strong academic skills. A thriving campus community is much more than a group of straight 'A' students. Your college interviewer is going to try to find out what you will bring to the school that isn't reflected by your grades and test scores. So, when asked what you do for fun in your free time, make sure you have an answer that paints a positive picture. No one will be impressed if you state that your favorite pastime is chillin' or watching TV. For advice on how to approach this question, check out these college interview tips.
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