The pandemic has college admissions offices scrambling. They have long relied on test scores as one of the key variables they use to evaluate candidates, yet according to FairTest, two-thirds of colleges surveyed in October 2020 had been forced by our collective circumstances to adopt some blend of the test-optional or test-blind policy.
MOST parents and students I speak with LOATHE standardized testing. Feelings aside, most still have questions about how to navigate this portion of the admi…
Got a college fair coming up? A little bit of prep work can reap big payoffs. (Wait, what kind of payoff?) This article by The College Essay Guy is super helpful.
The Quick Synopsis:
First, the student needs to consider what is the goal of the college fair? What's the point? Possible points besides making Mom & Dad happy that can actually help a student get into college:
- Learn about opportunities
- Show genuine interest in a school
- Gather talking …
College Board will be offering the SAT and SAT Subject Test exams on August 26, 2017. The word on the street is that seating may be limited.
The following Subject Tests will be available:
- U.S. History
- World History
- Mathematics Level 1
- Mathematics Level 2
- Biology E/M
Got Testing Stress? Having a Crisis of Confidence? We've Got Your Back.Lauren Cardinale, CH, CPC, Life Coach and Board Certified Hypnotherapist
When you think of the SAT or the ACT or the AP Exams or the SAT Subject Tests, what's your response? What's your teen's response? Can you feel the weight of all that PRESSURE? What do you think this stress is doing to your student's performance? (Let's not talk about the mood at your dinner table.)
Many students, of all ages, including my own kids, have…
Check This Box if You're a Good Personby: Rebecca Sabky
Published NY Times, April 4th, 2017, Opinion Pages
Take me to the link!…
Sticker Shock! I hear it every day. My husband and I are living it with two kids in college, every day. And if you have a senior and are comparing offers it may be worth your while to ask the question. There are absolutely no guarantees, however, if you don't ask the question the answer is a resounding, "NO!"
- Don't Storm the Financial Aid Office (These are some of the hardest working folks on campus, so be nice. They get it.)
- For More Need-Based Aid, Be Specific — and Have Back U…
“I’m not good with this waiting business.”
“What if I don’t get in?”
“I just want to know.”
“When will I find out?”
“Why does it have to take so long?”
The above is a sampling of text messages I received from both students and parents over the past eight weeks. Applications to college are out the door, and we now wade through the dark, often angst-ridden middle, what some may consider the most difficult, and perhaps the most nerve-wracking, part. During the waiting,…
Wrestling With Creating an FSA-ID? (If you're applying for financial aid, you'll need one of these.)
NEW this year! You will need to create an FSA_ID to apply for federal financial aid (FAFSA). Even if you don't qualify for need-based financial aid, but are planning to have your student take out an Unsubsidized Stafford Loan, you will need to file a FAFSA. Click here to watch the video.
Ok, but wait a minute--what do all of these CAPS stand for? EFC. CSS. FAFSA. These three acronyms add up--to what can be a sum greater than what you paid for your home and maybe your pop-up camper, as well. And, while my children will tell you that there are many topics I love to talk about, money and how much of it my husband and I are spending on educating our children is not one of them. Yet, Bertha (that rather larger financial elepha…