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How to Determine Your Target SAT/ACT Score

Though it’s tempting to simply say you want to score “as high as possible” on your college admissions exam, a target score will help you determine how much of your limited time and energy you devote to test preparations. So how should you determine you target score? There are several factors to consider: 1) What [...]

By |2018-05-01T13:08:41+00:00April 27th, 2018|ACT, College Admissions, SAT, Test Prep|0 Comments

How Many AP Classes Should You Take?

If you’re a high school student choosing classes for next year, an important question is how many Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate classes you should take. For years, the answer to this question was, “More!” The number of students taking AP classes has doubled in the past ten years, and also doubled in the ten [...]

Legacy Admissions and College Acceptance Rates

As top schools become more and more competitive, many people have been scrutinizing the practice of legacy admissions, which means giving preferential treatment to children and close relatives of alumni. There’s good reason for this attention: Harvard’s 2017 survey shows that 29% of its incoming freshman class are legacy students. Other Ivy League and highly [...]

By |2018-03-08T16:43:12+00:00March 30th, 2018|College Admissions|0 Comments

Putting It Together: The Complicated Math of Financial Aid Packages

If you are a top student and you play the financial aid game right, you could end up with multiple sources of free money: a needs-based grant, a merit scholarship from the school, and/or outside scholarships. The way your school combines these aid sources can be more important than the numbers themselves. It’s important to [...]

Free Money for School! Tips for Applying for Private Scholarships

When I was a high school student (a long, long time ago), I knew that affording college was going to be a challenge for my family. Because of this, I paid careful attention to our school’s scholarship bulletin—which, at the time, was a paper posted on a bulletin board—and applied for numerous private scholarships, starting [...]

Maximizing Your Aid, Minimizing Your Costs: Need-Based Grants and Merit Scholarships

The FAFSA and Profile (discussed in these previous posts: Part 1 and Part 2) will determine your family’s financial need and “Expected Family Contribution” (EFC), but it’s up to the school and the government to determine how much you actually pay. Government Grants Certain forms of government student aid, such as Pell Grants and Cal [...]

Make $5000 an Hour, Part 2: “Net Price” Versus “Sticker Price”

If you look at the sticker price of most top universities, college costs a fortune. But if you are smart about applying for need and merit-based financial aid, it might not be that bad…or at least it might only cost a small fortune. In our last blog post, we discussed the FAFSA and CSS Profile. [...]

Make $5000 an Hour: The FAFSA and CSS Profile

If you or your child is currently in the midst of college applications, you’re aware that the sticker price of college is getting higher and higher. The good news is that there is financial aid available to those who qualify, and even relatively affluent families might be eligible. Even if you think getting aid is [...]

By |2018-02-01T15:48:51+00:00January 19th, 2018|College Admissions, Financial Aid|0 Comments

What is the Stanford Achievement Test (SAT10)?

The Stanford Achievement Test (SAT10) is a standardized test designed by Pearson to measure the academic progress of students from kindergarten to grade 12. It is also used as an admissions test at a few schools, such as Immaculate Heart (middle school only). There is a different test for each grade-level to measure the appropriate [...]

By |2018-01-05T12:56:50+00:00January 5th, 2018|Independent School Admissions|0 Comments

How to Get the Most Out of a Ten Hour Tutoring Package

Families consider many factors when choosing a tutoring package: time commitment, availability, the test date for test prep, and finances. For some families, a ten-hour tutoring package is the best choice, even when a lot of material needs to be covered. The good news is that you can make significant progress with just ten hours [...]

By |2017-11-21T17:47:31+00:00December 22nd, 2017|High School, Test Prep|1 Comment