How to help kids succeed on the SAT

Published by The Chesapeake Family Magazine By Katie Riley Last year more than 1.6 million high school students took the SAT, and many hope tutoring will boost their score. But the question is, what type of tutoring is best and is it affordable? “I’ve had mixed results with SAT prep courses because it really depends […]

AP Facts Worth Knowing About College Credit

AP Test are Important Once you have taken an AP test and have your score, what should you do with it? While you may have taken an AP class to challenge yourself and demonstrate to colleges that you can handle a rigorous curriculum, colleges also care about the score you received on an AP test. […]

How to Receive More Aid from a College

Congratulations, the hard part is over. Your child has run the gauntlet of high school, filled out college applications, and has been offered admission to a college. Can you afford their top choice colleges? Many schools – especially private ones – can offer substantial financial and merit aid packages, and may be able to make […]

Financial Information and Scholarship Websites

Financial Information FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid portal, provided by the U.S. Department of Education. FAFSA4caster is a college cost forecasting tool that estimates your eligibility for federal student aid. StudentAid.gov has resources for learning about federal student aid, how to apply using the FAFSA, and get information on repaying student loans. A video that […]

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ACT to SAT Conversion Table

This is the most accurate concordance table at this time, as more testing is done it may change. These are the most up to date tables officially released. New SAT ACT   New SAT ACT   New SAT ACT 1600 36 1250 26 900 17 1590 35 1240 26 890 16 1580 35 1230 25 880 16 […]

Finding the “Right” College

It is a hard question to answer, “what makes a college ‘good’?” the reality is that what makes a college good for you might make it a bad choice for someone else. One thing is certain though, how ‘good’ a college is may have very little to do with rankings or the percentage of applicants […]

Successfully Attending a College Fair

Attending a college fair is a great opportunity to hear from college representatives about their institution, and make an in-person connection while getting your questions answered. Representatives at college fairs are often the same people that will be reading your application, so it is best to be prepared! Here are some tips to get the […]

Campus Visit Review

As you drive home from a campus visit take advantage of the drive time to review your experience! Write down your opinions while the experience is still fresh on your mind. College: _____________________________ City/State:__________________________ Admissions Office Representative:______________________________________________ Tour Guide:__________________________ Email: _____________________________ Campus Visit Date: ___________________ Tour /  Rate each category (5 being best) Grounds / Setting   […]

Preparing for the SAT or ACT Test

 Proctored, Practice Tests On-line You can take an on-line, proctored, practice test from your home free, as well as receive a detail report on areas you should focus on. Some students can really benefit from the structure of this testing situation and the assessment. It is helpful to know what your score would be, and […]

5 Important Elements Colleges Look For

High Grades. Grades are a sign of intellect and effort, and the best indication of how you will perform in college. College admissions wants you to take the hardest classes that you can that you will get at least a B in. Focus on your grades and work with your teachers. Taking the most rigorous curriculum […]

Tips for Writing the Essay “Why This College”

Writing the Essay  Many colleges ask a variation of the same question in their application, “Why are you considering our institution?” It is not a fluke that they ask this. Nor is it an opportunity to quickly jot down an answer, or worse, re-use an answer from another application! Colleges ask this question because your […]

Fall Checklist for Senior Year

Applying to college is a complex process so it is important that you stay on top of the different elements. Congratulations you have made it this far, don’t slow down yet, and don’t allow anxiety or doubt to take a hold. We will all get through this process beautifully if you can stay focused. I […]

A William & Mary Student’s Essay

Halfway across the globe and with no more knowledge of my location than a fishing boat in the Dead Sea, there I found myself, a Panamanian boy who had never stepped past the familiar boundaries of the Americas, in the extravagant land formerly known as Siam. Little did I know that within a few months […]

Extracurricular Activities, Why Get Involved

What are you passionate about? If you interview with an admissions counselor or attend an information session, this question will inevitably come up. But what do colleges really mean when they ask this question? How can you showcase your passions on your application? The bottom line is that colleges care deeply about your involvement.  Dedication […]

What Your Guidance Counselor Won’t Tell You

Valedictorians are denied admission by elite institutions frequently.  According to 2009-2010 NCES data, there are more than 23,000 high schools in the U.S. and each one has a valedictorian. Further, according to the U.S. Dept. of Education, more than 35% of graduating seniors have an A average. There are a LOT of well-qualified applicants to […]