Strategies For College Advisor – April 2015

by Todd Weaver on April 12, 2015

The April issue is available for download until April 30, 2015.

Highlights of this month’s issue:

THE POWER OF A WELL-CHOSEN ESSAY
The essay has taken center stage in the application process for a variety of reasons. With so many students applying to many more colleges than in the past, the essays are really the best way for students to set themselves apart.

SAT & ACT TEST DATES FOR APRIL AND MAY

MAJORING IN LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, landscape architecture is the fastest growing of all the design professions, although the pro-fession has experienced a contraction in job opportunities over the last few years as the housing market declined. Nearly a quarter of the 30,000 landscape architects working in the United States are self-employed; the average salary earned by those in this profession is nearly $90,000 per year.

THE HIDDEN COSTS OF COLLEGE

WALLOWING ON THE WAITLIST
Nationally, only about 20% of waitlisted students are admitted each year. If you really want to be among those who are, you need to be proactive in contacting the admissions office and letting them know of your continuing interest in attending.

Yours for success,

Team @ Strategies For College

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News on the New SAT Test

by Todd Weaver on March 30, 2015

Test TimeLast week, our own Patrica von Trapp attended a College Board training session on what to expect from the brand new SAT in 2016.

Here’s what she discovered.

The highlights are:

  • no penalty for incorrect answers
  • an optional essay of 50 minutes which compared to the current test of 3 hours and 45 minutes, with the optional essay, it will be 3 hours and 50 minutes. The essay will now allow 50 minutes instead of 25.
  • There will be two score sections plus a score for the essay
  • Each scored section will have several sub scores
  • There will be 153 questions (154 if the essay is included) compared to 171 now

The Collegeboard will initiate three School Testing days, whereby a high school can choose to self-administer the SAT.

There are existing tests designed for administering the PSAT to grades 8-10, and the regular (grade 11) PSAT/NMSQT .Each of those tests will have their own unique scoring system. The tests will also be available at regular SAT sites and dates.

The CollegeBoard has partnered with KAHN Academy to help students prepare for the SAT. They say they have designed the test to test Common Core curriculum results as opposed to logical inference and reasoning skills. The Evidence based reading and writing sections will be the most notable change, (that’s my opinion.)

The presentation is available at www.deliveringopportunity.org/practice . Other helpful web sites  www.collegereadiness.org and www.Bigfuture.org.

The new test will be administered beginning in the fall of 2015 with the PSAT/NMSQT.

The scores for the SAT will be based on the 200-800 scale with two scores with a maximum of 1600 or if the essay is taken, then the score can be 2400. Grades 8 and 9 will have a different scoring system.

The beta test of the PSAT is available now for those of you who want to try the sample question for yourself.  https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sample-questions and the test is on https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat-suite-assessments/practice/practice-tests .

Hope this is helpful. Learn more about putting together a Game Plan for the college search process by watching our short videos.

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Institutional Documentation Service – Have You Uploaded Your Taxes Yet?

March 12, 2015

Tweet Tweet Now that your financial aid forms are submitted, and your taxes are (hopefully) done for 2014, it’s time to upload some more information through the IDOC service. IDOC requirements differ from college to college. Keep in mind, not every college asks for this additional step. Over 70 colleges require IDOC processing (take a […]

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