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Attention High School Seniors: Early Action Deadlines Are Sooner Than You Think!

Attention High School Seniors: Early Action Deadlines Are Sooner Than You Think!

  MANY rising seniors and their families often use the summer before senior year to visit schools and finalize their college lists. It is a fun way to combine a family vacation with a college tour! BUT, all too often, students make the mistake of putting off the “heavy lifting” required to complete their college application and personal essay until the…

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Why it’s important to put PSAT Prep on your calendar! (Hint: It’s Not a Practice Test!)

Why it’s important to put PSAT Prep on your calendar! (Hint: It’s Not a Practice Test!)

For many high school students, the PSAT is their first big standardized test. The PSAT is often considered a practice test, but it is technically a preliminary test for the SAT. And, based on the difficulties Rising Seniors in Connecticut encountered this past year (the March 21st snowstorm causing the postponement of the in-school SAT and a flawed June 2018…

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SAT June 2018 SAT: The Problem with the Waiting Game!

SAT June 2018 SAT: The Problem with the Waiting Game!

Attention College Bound Teens! Experts say that many students’ composite scores dropped significantly on the June 2018 SAT compared to previous exams. The Problem With The Waiting Game. For some Connecticut students, SAT testing circumstances have been less than ideal. And, for the Class of 2019, opportunities to reach their personal best scores have been challenging at best. Here’s Why:…

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ATTENTION CONNECTICUT PARENTS OF HIGH SCHOOL JUNIORS: WHY THE IN-SCHOOL SAT IS NOT NECESSARILY YOUR TEEN’S BEST FRIEND!

ATTENTION CONNECTICUT PARENTS OF HIGH SCHOOL JUNIORS: WHY THE IN-SCHOOL SAT IS NOT NECESSARILY YOUR TEEN’S BEST FRIEND!

ATTENTION CONNECTICUT PARENTS OF HIGH SCHOOL JUNIORS: WHY THE IN-SCHOOL SAT IS NOT NECESSARILY YOUR TEEN’S BEST FRIEND! It’s Mandated. It’s Hard. And, It’s Late to the College Admissions Game.     There are currently eight states that use the SAT as its official state exam to assess high school juniors academic achievement and college readiness. Connecticut was one of…

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TOP 5 ACTION-ITEMS JUNIORS SHOULD DO NOW TO PREPARE FOR THE SAT

TOP 5 ACTION-ITEMS JUNIORS SHOULD DO NOW TO PREPARE FOR THE SAT

WINTER BLIZZARD BLOG: JANUARY 4, 2018  ATTENTION High School Juniors! Top Five Things you Should Do To Prepare For The March 2018 SAT! (First: Get Out Of Bed – 14 inches of snow does not give you permission to sleep all day!) Next: Hook up your PSAT scores to Khan Academy.The College Board is in partnership with Khan Academy to…

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ATTENTION HIGH SCHOOL JUNIORS: WHY THE PSAT IS NOT JUST A PRACTICE TEST!

ATTENTION HIGH SCHOOL JUNIORS:  WHY THE PSAT IS NOT JUST A PRACTICE TEST!

For many high school students, the PSAT is their first big standardized test. The PSAT is often considered a practice test, but it is technically a preliminary test for the SAT. Here’s why you should study and take the PSAT seriously: If a student is familiar with the format, directions, and questions on the PSAT, then his or her error…

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RISING SENIORS: Prepare your college application and personal essay this summer and avoid the stress of looming deadlines this fall!

RISING SENIORS: Prepare your college application and personal essay this summer and avoid the stress of looming deadlines this fall!

Many rising high school seniors and their families often use the summer before senior year to visit schools and finalize their college lists. It is a fun way to combine a family vacation with a college tour!  BUT, all too often, students make the mistake of putting off the “heavy lifting” required to complete their college application and personal essay…

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WHY STUDENTS SHOULDN’T USE NAVIANCE AS THEIR ONLY COLLEGE RESEARCH TOOL!

WHY STUDENTS SHOULDN’T USE NAVIANCE AS THEIR ONLY COLLEGE RESEARCH TOOL!

When teachers assign students a research project, how many of them ask students for ONLY one source of evidence? ZERO. When any of us decide to buy a car, how many of us go into a dealership and choose the best looking vehicle or the least expensive model without doing some research? ONLY THE CAVELIER FEW! So why is it that we “SHOP” for a college without doing extensive research? Because we, as parents, do not know that we are supposed to do so. We assume that the college research tools provided by the guidance counseling department are the most comprehensive available. OR, at least, that is what I thought when my daughter was in high school. But, guess what? That is not always true. Take Naviance, for example. It is the college search engine of choice for most school districts. WHY? Because it is the only site where students can maintain one account from middle through high school.

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TOP FIVE ACTION ITEMS STUDENTS SHOULD DO WITH THEIR NEWLY RELEASED SAT SCORES

TOP FIVE ACTION ITEMS STUDENTS SHOULD DO WITH THEIR NEWLY RELEASED SAT SCORES

Connecticut Students: Wondering what to do with your April 5th SAT Scores released on May 8th? 1. Understand Your Score Report Here are the key scores every student should know: Total Score: The total score out of 1600 is the most important number to consider. It’s the sum of your scores on both Evidence-Based Reading & Writing and Math. There…

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