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Building a Balanced College List

Posted by on May 8, 2015 in Application Process, Juniors, Parents, Seniors, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Building a Balanced College List

Building a Balanced College List

Foundation, Target, Reach and Lottery Schools

As juniors are beginning to investigate colleges and make an initial college list, we want to define the different categories potentially included in a balanced college list. A balanced college list should have at least 2 foundation, 2 target and 2 reach schools. Many students will also have a few lottery schools. The typical student applies to between 8-12 schools, depending on the number of UC/CSU schools on his/her list. All of our students begin with a list of at least 20 schools to investigate in an effort to determine personal priorities. By mid summer, students should have a balanced list of 8-12 schools. .

FOUNDATION SCHOOL

  • The college possesses most of the significant features you desire and are important to you.
  • You meet all the requirements for the recommended coursework.
  • Your SAT or ACT score is significantly above the average that was accepted last year.
  • Your un-weighted GPA is significantly above the average accepted last year.
  • Your objective academic credentials fall at the top of the college’s admitted class.
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College Calm now offers YOUSCIENCE Aptitude Test to Students

Posted by on Apr 13, 2015 in Sophomores | Comments Off on College Calm now offers YOUSCIENCE Aptitude Test to Students

College Calm now offers YOUSCIENCE Aptitude Test to Students

At College Calm, we are dedicated to helping all of our students reach their highest potential and watching them succeed through the college years and beyond. The challenge lies in discovering each student’s unique set of talents, and understanding how those talents will drive college major, career and even life choices. That’s why we’re excited to share with you that College Calm has recently partnered with YouScience, creator of the innovative new program called the YouScience Profile.

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October is “CRUNCH TIME”

Posted by on Sep 30, 2014 in Application Process, Seniors, Uncategorized | Comments Off on October is “CRUNCH TIME”

October is “CRUNCH TIME”

I just wanted to take a moment to remind everyone that we are heading into,  “college crunch time.”  (See below for a checklist of things to be doing)

I know that students are starting to feel the pressure regarding school, activities and the college process. I completely understand what they are feeling and recognize that they are feeling pressures from all sides. This, coincidentally, is also when I see students start to fall behind in the college process. Now really is the time that students need to be setting aside at least 2 days a week to be working on finalizing applications and essays. It is also time for all hands on deck to support them in completing the process.

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ACT vs. SAT

Posted by on Sep 27, 2014 in SAT & ACT | Comments Off on ACT vs. SAT

ACT vs. SAT

ACT vs. SAT

Welcome to the new school year everyone! I’ve always found the start of a school year to be exciting and full of potential and promise: new classes, new teachers (or old favorites on new subjects), new combinations of friends and activities. So many possibilities, and so much to do.

And if you are a junior or senior, this time of year most likely has you thinking about standardized tests. Juniors are about to take their PSAT of record and are thinking about their upcoming SAT’s or ACT’s in the early spring; Seniors are taking their final versions of these tests and dreaming of the moment when all their college application hoops are jumped through and they can sit back and see how the acceptances come in.

I’ve been tutoring standardized tests for more than two decades now, and a question I get a lot is: what are the differences between the SAT and ACT and which test should I take? And while the tests have many points of similarity, there are also many significant differences that can help you decide which test to throw your preparation energies behind.

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APRIL- COLLEGE VISITS

Posted by on Apr 3, 2014 in Application Process, Colleges & Visits, Juniors, Sophomores | Comments Off on APRIL- COLLEGE VISITS

APRIL- COLLEGE VISITS

As spring break approaches, we want you to take some time to focus on your college visits. In our sessions this month we will be going over, “Top Ten Ways to Test Drive a College,” originally published by IECA and a list of questions we put together that goes beyond asking things you can find on any college website.

Sample Questions for Tour Guides:

– Why did you decide to come to this school?

– What have you been most surprised about in your time here?

– How do students interact with faculty- inside and outside the classroom?

– Do students tend to stay on campus or get involved in activities in the surrounding area?

Sample questions for Admissions Officers:

– What impresses you the most in a student’s application?

– Is demonstrated interest a factor in your admissions decisions?

– What changes do you see taking place on campus in the next five years?

– Are the admission standards higher for certain majors?

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