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College Admissions during a Pandemic v. 5

It is difficult, these days, to keep up with all the news about college admissions, testing, and campus visits. Parents and students have more questions than answers?  Are schools opening in the fall? How are they opening?  Remotely? In person? A combination? Do students have to take the SAT or ACT?  What is test optional?… Read more

TO TEST OR NOT TO TEST – Advice for students in the class of 2021

 As of today, July 13, 2020, there are more than 1240 colleges and universities that have joined the test optional movement for at least the next year.  It has been estimated that by the end of August 2020, more than 50% of all colleges in the United States will have a test-optional policy. The tests,… Read more

Taking AP Exams is WELL Worth the Cost!

In reviewing a student’s transcript, most college admissions counselors check for rigorous classes, such as Advanced Placement.  Students who earn a four or five on most AP exams are usually awarded college credit.  This results in a substantial savings for parents and students,  as the cost for an AP exam is currently $94, whereas the… Read more

Test-optional Colleges – An Increasing Trend

Since the start of 2015, six very different colleges and universities have announced plans to make fundamental changes in their admissions policies and become Test-optional Colleges. Some, including Virginia Commonwealth University, even made the switch to become test-optional colleges midway through the 2014-2015 school year. These college include:  Cabrini College in Pennsylvania, Kalamazoo College in… Read more