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College Information Sessions in Your Local Area
College admissions representatives frequently travel to locations across the country, and around the world, to provide interested students and their parents an opportunity to learn more about their school.
AP Score Distribution, By Exam, for 2013, 2012, 2011
Students, parents and teachers are often surprised to learn that AP Exams are not scored on a typical bell-shaped curve. During recent years pass rates (scores of “3” or higher) ranged from >80% on BC Calculus (between 45% and 50% of students typically receive a “5”) to ~50% on many of the history, social sciences, and English exams. On the AP Human Geography Exam “1” was the most popular grade in 2011, 2012 and 2013, with about 30% of students earning the lowest possible score…..
Tips for Finding the Right Summer Program
Summer can be the perfect time to explore potential majors and career options; delve more deeply into current interests; develop your talents; gain valuable experiences that might appeal to college admission officers; expand your horizons; and improve important skills (e.g. reading, writing, math and study) that can help you on college entrance exams and throughout your life.
Wait List: Turning Maybe into Yes
Waiting in limbo need not be a passive activity. Many savvy applicants have launched successful campaigns to gain admission.
Recommendations for Recommendations
Many colleges will require two or three recommendations from high school teachers, coaches, guidance counselors or others who know you in an academic, extra-curricular or leadership capacity. Admissions officers rely on letters of recommendation to round out and confirm their picture of you as a candidate.
Are ED Applicants Crowding Out Those Who Apply Later?
Admission Rates Fall as International Applications Grow
Ten Ways to Stand Out for College
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Composing Your College Admissions Resume
Unlike a professional resume, where the reader is generally looking for skills, education and experience, colleges (and the people who will write your recommendations, interview you and evaluate you for scholarships) are more interested in your scholastic and other achievements, awards, activities, athletics, leadership, community service, special talents and how you spent your time during high school.
High School Resume Action Words and Tips
The following words can be helpful when describing your extracurricular activities, awards and achievements and volunteer service.