Category: Colleges

Safety, Target and Reach Colleges

As if the college process wasn’t complicated enough, you’ve probably heard your counselors and parents use a lot of confusing and different terminology to refer to some colleges. Words like “safety schools,” “target schools,” or “reach schools,” get thrown around a lot when crafting college lists. While these terms are entirely subjective, there are rough ...

How early should I start standardized testing?

Rising High School Juniors and Seniors: As May comes to a close, the pressure to not only complete but excel on standardized testing becomes more tangible. Trust me, I remember the feeling quite clearly. It can be tempting to put it out of your mind during the summer months, thinking of college applications as an ...

How do I choose good teachers for recommendations?

Even for the most accomplished and loved students, the prospect of asking teachers for recommendations can be terrifying. Of course you want them to be honest with the colleges of your choice, but undoubtedly the ideal situation is that they would give you a well-written and glowing review. If you choose the right teachers to ...

The Lowdown on “Test Optional” Schools

In recent years, an increasingly large number of schools are investigating and trying out test optional admissions processes. The term “test optional” covers an entire spectrum of policies adopted by schools, but generally means that one or more type of standardized testing is not factored into an admission decision. Instead, students can optionally choose to ...