College-bound Seniors

Early Decision (binding) and Early Action Admission Programs

on Sep 14, 2016 at 06:27 PM in College-bound Seniors, College Search

Two IECA members, Jeff Levy and Jennie Kent, annually compile and update stats on Early Decision (binding) and Early Action admission programs, which they share with colleagues. The chart reveals whether an admissions advantage is conveyed to students ready to commit to having their applications reviewed before regular cycle deadlines.

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How to Interpret New SAT Scores

on Sep 08, 2016 at 09:25 PM in College-bound Seniors, Standardized Testing

A concordance tool from Compass to indicate comparable scores for the ACT and the redesigned SAT.

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SAT Subject Test Requirements and Recommendations

on Sep 08, 2016 at 09:17 PM in College-bound Seniors, Standardized Testing

Each year, the requirements and recommendations around SAT Subject Tests (SAT II’s for the many still using the old College Board name) grow more diverse. The general trend is toward more flexible requirements, and no school has recently tightened requirements. Still, the most competitive colleges skew toward the “required” end of the spectrum.

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Merit Aid - Links to Institutional Grants

on Sep 08, 2016 at 08:21 PM in College-bound Seniors, Financial Aid, Merit Aid

This list of merit scholarships at many of the country’s top national universities (not liberal arts colleges) may require a separate application (sometimes not), but the extra work is worth it- many of these scholarships are full rides and then some!

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Merit Aid- 50 Best Colleges per Money Magazine

on Sep 08, 2016 at 08:06 PM in College-bound Seniors, Financial Aid, Merit Aid

The 50 Best Private Colleges for Merit Aid: if your family makes too much to qualify for need-based aid but you still want help with college costs, consider these schools, all of which land in the top half of MONEY's rankings, and have merit aid budgets. Their average merit grant is at least $6,000 a year, and at least 20% of undergraduates are awarded one. Typically, your odds for merit aid are best at schools where your grades and test scores put you in the top 25% of the applicants pool.

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Strategies for New SAT, ACT Writing Tests

on Apr 13, 2016 at 10:52 PM in College-bound Seniors, Standardized Testing

The SAT essay writing exercise has been transformed from an opinion piece into an exercise in textual analysis and critical thinking; this is similar to exercises on certain AP exams. Students will be asked to read a short (600-700-word) persuasive passage and write an essay response that explains how the author develops and supports an argument. On the ACT’s revamped essay, students will get 40 minutes to analyze and respond to three distinct perspectives on a topic that concerns a broad, national issue.

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Tips for the Math Section of the New SAT

on Apr 13, 2016 at 10:48 PM in College-bound Seniors

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Taking Advantage of the Free College Board Resources

on Apr 13, 2016 at 10:48 PM in College-bound Seniors, Standardized Testing

The most helpful resource will be the practice redesigned SAT tests from the College Board and the Khan Academy.

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Help for 6 Confusing Parts of Common App

on Sep 26, 2014 at 03:45 PM in College-bound Seniors, Interesting Articles

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Demonstrating Interest

on Sep 18, 2014 at 03:14 PM in College-bound Seniors, College Search, Interesting Articles

Schools often refer to this as the “interest quotient,” and admitting students with high scores on this measure can improve a college’s yield rate, and in turn, its ranking.

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