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Several students recently have wanted to cancel their test scores on either SATs or Subject Tests. To cancel a score at the test center, a student: Asks the test supervisor for a Request to Cancel Test Scores Form Completes and
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Skim the passages as quickly and superficially as you can. It may sound strange, but the best way to address SAT Critical Reading is to read each passage as little as possible the first time around. (In fact, when possible,
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We talk to a lot of parents of high school students and often hear, “My wife/husband and I have our heart set on College X for our son/daughter…” We then have to say something such as, “We have to warn
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We can't tell you how many times kids tell us they want to go to Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Dartmouth, etc... but when we ask them why, they have no good reason. Colleges want to know WHY you are applying—are you
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Dartmouth announced in 2009 that it would no longer offer on-campus interviews. Now Yale is the only Ivy that actually does an official evaluative on campus interview! They say: A limited number of on-campus interviews are available. They are only
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Extracurricular activities DO matter for college admissions—but only when academics are strong. On the 1-9 scale (using the Academic Index Calculator), if you're only a 1-4, that means that your academics are low enough that extracurriculars won't make up for
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Students often ask what they can do if their alumni interview was horrible. How could an interview be horrible? Every once in a while, alumni interviewers (who often have zero training in how to interview) use their interview to reminisce
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As you know, SAT Subject Tests are very important at top colleges, even more so that SAT's. They serve as a true equalizer for students coming from disparate high schools. How can college committees compare an A in Biology at
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What should you do if you have not been contacted for an alumni interview? First, a word about alumni interviews: some schools have evaluative interviews (which means they "count") while some schools have "informational" ones which do NOT count. Be
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The Academic Index is a formula the Ivies use predominately for recruited athletes (not to be confused with applicants who happen to have played sports in high school; if you’re being recruited, you know who you are!). It combines SAT scores,
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