Dec 06 2016
As I write this, school counselors around the country are receiving PSAT results for the Class of 2018. Within a few days, students will have access to their scores as well. Here are the five most important things to know when you get these scores:
PSAT scores do not factor into the college admissions process. Colleges […]
May 26 2016
The school year is coming to a close and summer is just weeks away.
Before students empty out their lockers and embrace vacation, there are a few important steps to take to prepare for the college admissions process. Our handy end-of-school checklist will help you get on track and make getting into college a bit more […]
May 18 2016
Recently I gave a workshop for 9th and 10th grade families titled, “Demystifying Standardized Tests.” We discussed the different testing options (ACT, SAT, and Subject Tests), which tests to take, and how colleges evaluate the scores.
But the biggest discussion point centered on when students should start preparing for these tests. I was glad to hear […]
Apr 19 2016
High school students are revving up for the end of the school year.
You might be focused on Advanced Placement exams, taking the ACT or SAT, and getting ready for prom. Many of you are also planning to take Subject Tests by the end of the year.
Before you register for these infamous tests, consider these important […]
Mar 04 2016
Recently the 10th grade class parents at the school where I work approached me about leading a discussion on the college process.
I didn’t hesitate. I jumped at the opportunity because any chance I have to communicate how the process works in advance of a student’s junior year is hugely beneficial for the student and family. […]
Feb 16 2016
Many of us in the college counseling field anticipated this moment.
We could predict the outcome when the College Board announced that there would be a new, revised SAT being unveiled in March of 2016. From the moment it was announced, my students began to worry, especially those in the Class of 2017 who would […]
Feb 08 2016
Are you considering taking one or more Subject Tests? Before you do, read this.
Subject Tests are content-specific one hour tests administered by the College Board. They are available in 21 different subject matters, and are offered on the same dates as the SATs except for the March test date.
These tests are scored between a 200 […]
Nov 24 2015
When one of my 10th graders came into my office last month and told me she spent her summer vacation studying to take the SATs, I was flabbergasted. The summer after my freshman year of high school, I was still being a kid. Now, our teens are scrambling to take a test that will become […]
Nov 02 2015
Listen to Sara’s insights on SAT prep on 610AM in Philadelphia. Learn when the new SATs are coming out, what your choices are, what the differences are between the new SAT and the old SAT and more!
“The trick is not to take these tests too many times….colleges don’t like to see a student taking them […]
Jun 03 2015
Recently at work, I have been inundated with questions surrounding standardized tests:
“Do I need to take Advanced Placement exams even if our school doesn’t offer Advanced Placement courses?”
“Should I take the SAT even though I’ve already taken the ACT?”
“Do I need to take Subject Tests just as I’m trying to study for final […]