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Are the SAT and ACT Too Distanced From High School Work?
If, as the College Board claims, the SAT and ACT are designed to test general knowledge, then the purpose of these tests does not need to closely resemble what schools teach students. If test-makers want to use these exams to tell college admissions officers something about “natural intelligence,” then the tests should not be expected to closely resemble what students learn in school at all.
Advancing Advanced Placement
According to a recent report released by the College Board on February 11, 2014, the number of high school students taking Advanced Placement Exams has been consistently increasing over the past 10 years.
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The number of high school students taking Advanced Placement Exams has been consistently increasing over the past 10 years.
Life as a High School Counselor
They are our mentors, who guide us through the marathon of college applications. They are our friends, who do so much for us, from meeting with us again and again to sitting down together to edit essays. High school counselors play an integral role in every high school student's senior year. But what is it really like to be a high school college counselor?
Is Harvard Losing Its Grip?
Brown, Columbia, Dartmouth, Princeton, Yale, Cornell, and the University of Pennsylvania all saw a rise in their early application pools; Harvard was the only Ivy League school to face a decrease in the number of its early decision applications, by 3 percent.
Weekly News Round-up: SAT Cheat Sheets, Lone Wolves vs. Leaders, and Which College You Should Take to Prom
Here's the past month of juicy college admissions news: free money (advice) from the FLOTUS, how to finally decide which school you're going to next year, and more. Starting next Monday, check back weekly for our latest serving!
Common App Does Some Soul-Searching
After running aground on technological glitches and dissent this fall, the new flagship Common App hopes to repair damage, reclaim its former glory, and rule the seas of college applications once again.
Weekly News Round-up: Lies, Scandals, Wars, and Batman
We're back! The College Admissions News Weekly News Round-up returns for 2014, and boy, has the news poured in. This week, we've got an excoriating take on the myth of "holistic" college admissions, signs of duplicity in college brochure diversity, and the demise of fuddy-duddy words ("excoriating" and "duplicity," perhaps?) from the SAT vocab section.
Deferred? What Now?
If you are deferred, the college has essentially thrown your application back into the fire. A deferred application will be reevaluated with the regular decision applications and receive a yes or no decision sometime later in the year. The only good news is that there’s still hope. It is by no means an entirely negative thing and you shouldn’t think that it is.
Weekly New Round-up: Gay Applicants, Debt Discrepancies, and Twitter Makeovers
Apologies for the brief hiatus, but your trusty college admissions Weekly News Round-up team is back for two more weeks of juicy news. This week, we tackle SAT scandals and staying out of debt.
Weekly News Round-Up: Twitter a la 1984, Affirmative Action in Court, and Quirky Questions
This has been a dramatic week for college admissions with articles detailing the slightly shady internet stalking of admissions officers to discussions concerning race-based applications at Texas University to some thought-provoking questions raised by the supposedly thought-provoking questions on college supplements.
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