To Tweak or Not To Tweak: Should you customize Your College Essay for your Early Decision Application?
“Help me! Vanderbilt came to my school and said they like social entrepreneurship. My essay’s about my family dinner. Should I change my essay?” We’re used to getting messages like this every year! “The Yale admissions rep said they want ethical leaders, but my essay is about teaching dance to kids…” “UC Berkeley talked…Read More
At last, it’s Summer! Internships, lemonade, vacations, barbeques, camping trips, movies, beaches, mountains, your college essay… Oh wait… your college essay?! Fret not. The summer before your senior year could not be a better time to start brainstorming the oh-so-paramount college essay. Why? Because with all that fun and freedom, you now have…Read More
Signed up to take the ACT this Saturday? We want you to be as prepared as possible, but not to the point of burning out. That’s why our test prep experts advise against studying the night before. Here is your complete pre-test checklist for the ACT. We recommend printing it out and checking off each…Read More
You’ve worked so hard to prepare for the ISEE and now the test is just a few days away. Our advice? Keep the stress level low and don’t cram the week before. Below is our complete ISEE Checklist. Print it out and go through each point as a family. Be proud of how much you’ve…Read More
Are you signed up to take the SAT soon? We want you to be as prepared as possible, but not to the point of burning out. That’s why our test prep experts advise against studying the night before. Here is your complete pre-test checklist for the SAT. We recommend printing it out and checking off…Read More
“Should I study for the SAT or the ACT?” is the first a question 10th and 11th graders (and their families) carefully consider before delving into the college application process. It’s also good to be in the know about what makes these two tests different and how they are similar even if your child is…Read More
College essay: two words that strike fear in the minds of high schoolers across the nation. But they don’t have to. Rather than a grueling, erudite self-promotion pitch, your college essay offers you an opportunity to connect to your deepest Want, your Original voice, and your Wisdom (maturity) – your WOW – and share it…Read More
Everything you need to know about the SHSAT… the doorway to getting into Stuyvesant, Bronx Science, Brooklyn Tech and 5 other fantastic, free NYC public schools!
Competitive by design. An average of 30,000 NYC eighth graders take the SHSAT every October. This 3-hour test is the only criterion for gaining entry into one New York City’s nine specialized public schools. These schools combined only accept approximately 6,000 students each year, which means that 82% of those students who apply are rejected.…Read More
How do I choose between the SAT and the ACT? While the SAT and ACT are largely similar, here are some important differences that may affect which test you choose: The ACT includes a science section. If science and quantitative analysis (think: reading and analyzing graphs) are difficult for you, the SAT may be a better choice.…Read More