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College Admissions Newsletter – May 8, 2014


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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.

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.

Summer Activities to Strengthen Your College Application

College admissions officers will tell you that a “productive summer” can enhance your opportunities for admission. Interesting and meaningful experiences are definitely among the best ways to stand out in the crowd.

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. 

Four Key Facts About US College Admissions and International Applicants

Ten Ways to Stand Out When You Apply To College

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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…..


The Fiske Guide to Colleges 2014


Barron’s 6 ACT Practice Tests


College Data  

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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.

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. 

16 Great College Research Websites and Resources

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College Admissions Newsletter – May 8, 2014


Upcoming Registration Deadlines:

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 – June 7

ACT – June 14

College Admissions Newsletter – December 12, 2013

SAT Optional Colleges


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