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What is the Character Skills Snapshot?

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The Character Skills Snapshot is a tool that the admission teams of private schools use to learn more about students outside the confines of the standard application process–interviews, essay questions, and test scores. It presents the student with real life scenarios where they must choose what responses are most or least like them. What is…

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Say Goodbye to the SAT Subject Tests and the Optional Essay

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This past Tuesday, the College Board—the organization that runs the SAT testing program and AP exams—announced that it is dropping the SAT Subject tests and the optional essay section of the SAT General Exam. The official reasoning of the College Board is “to reduce and simplify demands on students.” In addition, it plans to allocate…

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Private School Admissions: Insider Tips and Ways to Prepare for the Mysterious New Writing Sample

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Tis the season! Well…it’s that time of year again. Interview Time! If you’re a stressed parent of a private school applicant you’re probably going into a mild panic attack-style sweat waiting for the highly anticipated interview. As many schools have adapted this year to the pandemic and need for online schooling, they still haven’t quite…

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