The Mandatory Action Steps from High School to College for Grades 9-12

The Mandatory Action Steps from High School to College for Grades 9-12

This week's newsletter will provide you and your teen a year by year check list for those mandatory actions steps to get your teen from high school to the 'right' college almost stress free! If your teen is just beginning high school, be aware that freshmen year is often labeled an adjustment year and colleges are well aware of that. However, colleges don't like to see an overwhelming amount of 'adjustment' –  several poor grades.   Take challenging courses – regardless of the year – is always recommended. A 'B' in a challenging course vs. an 'A' in a regular class is more recognized. Challenging courses also prepare your teen for the typical college workload. Begin to develop a relationship with your counselor. Not only can this person be a good source for college recommendations, but the counselor will also be able to recommend what courses your teen should take over the next four years. Find a good tutor if your teen...
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You Still Don’t Know What’s Best for YOUR Junior? BONUS: What If Your Teen is a Sophomore?

It's almost April, and you and your junior are still stuck. What test should YOUR teen take and when? You have heard that since the SAT is so new, it's clearly not a good option, so it must be better to take the ACT. You have also heard that schools like the SAT better over the ACT.  Your friends' teens are taking the ACT, so it MUST be the better option?! OMG! What's the truth? Maybe you should consider this question: What is the better test for MY teen and what are the REAL differences between the SAT and ACT? First, let's dispel the above myths: Just because the test is a new iteration – there have been at least 6 over the past several decades – doesn't mean it isn't familiar. Practice test materials have been out since early summer 2015. Schools are used to SAT changes. It has never gotten in the way of using a 'new' test for college admission. For the class...
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