Applying to college is difficult enough without the added challenge of interpreting what to make of admission criteria labeled as “optional” or “recommended”. From personal statements to test scores, this article will demystify optional admission requirements and ultimately help students choose which optional tasks to complete in order to better secure acceptance to their preferred schools.
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Service or mission trips have become a rite of passage for many high school students. However, short-term voluntourism (a form of tourism in which travelers participate in voluntary work, typically for a charity) experiences have begun to raise red flags among many people, including many college admissions officers.
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In Part Two of our “Roadmap” series, we mentioned that sophomore year is not too soon to think about your future college career. Beginning the admissions process early cuts down on stress. It also allows time for “course corrections” if you hit unexpected roadblocks.
In Part One of our Roadmap to College series, we mentioned that getting an early start on college admission planning is a good idea. Sophomore year of high school is not too soon to begin thinking about your future college career.
Rachel Reale is a person who likes to get straight to the point.
When she was looking for a test prep program to help her through the standardized testing experience, Rachel knew just what she wanted. She wanted information that would help her determine which test was right for her—the ACT or the SAT.
When should you start thinking about college?
We are tempted to say, “It’s never too early.” That might be misleading. Certainly, a third-grader has better things to do than compare “superscoring” policies! However, planning ahead allows you plenty of time to make important college decisions without feeling rushed or pressured.
One could make the argument that great tutors (like great leaders) are made, not born. If they are A+ tutors, they are also tested, trained, evaluated, auditioned, and cleared. They have passed background checks and completed orientations. They are forged from a combination of experience, education, and compassion.
What does it take to make an A+ tutor?
A+ tutors come from many different backgrounds. Their skills are varied: they calculate surface area; they structure sentences and paragraphs; they proctor tests. Some tutors provide executive functioning support and help alleviate test anxiety. Others have the periodic table memorized. Yet all our tutors have one thing in common: a passion to help students succeed.
(Part Two in a two-part series.)
In Part One of this series, we looked at how to plan a restful and productive evening before the big day. Now, that day is here. What can you do to stay focused, alert, and calm?
The following suggestions should go a long way towards promoting and maintaining a positive outlook on test day. They are taken from our A+ Test Prep and Tutoring Handbook.
(Part 1 in a two-part series.)
It’s time! You’ve practiced. You’ve learned which test strategies work best for you. You’re ready to show what you can do.
Tomorrow is Test Day.
Maybe you’re taking the SAT, the ACT, or an SAT subject test. However, there’s one thing you have to do before acing any test: get through the night before. A+ has put together this short quiz to help you plan a restful and productive evening before the big day.