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College Admissions Newsletter – April 30, 2014


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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…..

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.

Recalculating Your GPA for College Admission

Many colleges recalculate your academic GPA (grade point average) using a 4.0 scale, and then add bonus points for AP, IB, AICE, dual enrollment/college and honors classes to arrive at a modified GPA or HPA (honors point average).  While each college has its own methodology, and some schools share the “formula” with prospective applicants…..

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.


The Fiske Guide to Colleges 2014


Barron’s 6 ACT Practice Tests


College Data  

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Strategic Positioning: Your College Admissions Hook 

All competitive colleges strive to build a diversified and interesting student body.    In past years, most successful applicants were well-rounded high-achievers. These days, there is a growing preference, especially at the most selective schools, to admit high achievers who are also “angular” or “focused” candidates. These students possess a special activity or unusual characteristic that sets them apart from other applicants.

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.

16 Great College Research Websites and Resources

What do Unigo, College Prowler, CollegeXpress, YOUniversityTV and Big Future have in common?

College Planning for High School Juniors

During 11th grade, the college preparation process kicks into high gear.  In addition to building credentials, college-bound juniors should focus on preparing for entrance exams, exploring colleges and learning about student aid.


ACT or SAT?: What’s a Student To Do?  Take the SAT/ACT Diagnostic

Curiously, too many students never take the college entrance exam (SAT or ACT) they’re likely to score better on.  

Testing Timer Watch Helps Students on ACT

One of the biggest challenges students face on college entrance exams is managing their time. Many students spend valuable test time checking the clock to figure out how much time is left and if they are on pace to finish.  Made specifically for the ACT, the Testing Timers ACT aTest Timer Watch contains preset timing for all 5 sections of the test: English, Math, Reading, Science and Writing…..

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College Admissions Newsletter – April 30, 2014


Upcoming Registration Deadlines:

Test date: 5/3/2014

Test Type: SAT

Registration Deadline: 4/4/2014

Late Registration Deadline: 4/21/2014

Test date: 6/7/2014

Test Type: SAT

Registration Deadline: 5/9/2014

Late Registration Deadline: 5/28/2014

Test date: 6/14/2014

Test Type: ACT

Registration Deadline: 5/9/2014

Late Registration Deadline: 5/23/2014


Subject Tests:

Upcoming Exams:

SAT – May 3

SAT – June 7

ACT – June 14

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SAT Optional Colleges


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