October 2010

  • Why AP Calculus is the Scariest AP Test of All

    Why AP Calculus is the Scariest AP Test of All
    Barry Lenson

    It’s no secret that The College Board’s Advanced Placement (AP) program has become a major force in American higher education. How does it work? You take an AP class in high school, pass one of the College Board’s standardized AP tests for the subject you studied, and earn college credit for your work. Thirty subjects are now part of the program. If you visit the College Board online, you’ll find that you can take an AP test in Art History, Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Chinese Language and Culture, Computer Science, Macroeconomics, English Literature, European History, French, German, Japanese, Latin, Music Theory, Physics, Psychology, Spanish, and more subjects. So, what is the one subject that causes the ...

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  • National Distance Learning Week: November 8-12, 2010

    Barry Lenson

    National Distance Learning Week: November 8-12, 2010 “Online learning programs are invaluable because they provide a segment of our population with critical literacy and job-related skills as well as the means necessary to take their education to the next level. As President Kennedy once said: `Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation.’ For millions of students worldwide, these dreams are being realized through the use of distance learning technologies, allowing them to fulfill their own personal and educational ambitions." -The late Senator Edward ...

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  • Busted Myth of the Week: You’re Going to Graduate Deep in Debt

    Barry Lenson

    Busted Myth of the Week: You’re Going to Graduate Deep in Debt You’re probably heard that if you go to college, you’re going to graduate deep in debt. Well, it doesn’t have to happen to you. Of course, college debt is not a myth for many people. The Huffington Post has even set up a special blog, Majoring in Debt, where former students report that they graduated owing $120,000, $177,000 or more. But the fact is, you can earn a college degree without digging yourself into a deep financial hole. It all starts with enrolling in a few online college courses, completing your freshman year courses for about $1,000, then transferring your credits to one of StraighterLine’s terrific Partner Colleges. Or you can transfer your fu ...

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  • How to Beat the Cost of Applying to College

    Barry Lenson

    How to Beat the Cost of Applying to College Going to college can cost you a fortune. But when you stop to think about it, applying to college has become a very expensive process too. Here’s how costs can add up . . . You pay big bucks for ACT and SAT test preparation – An SAT preparation class costs about $700. But if you opt for ACT or SAT private tutoring, get ready to pay $2,000, $3,000 or more. You add more big bucks to take the standardized tests themselves – It costs $41.50 to take the SAT (plus $21 if you register late). The ACT test costs $29.00, plus another $14.00 for the optional writing test (plus $19.00 if you register late). And bear in mind, it is not unusual today for kids to take the SAT two or even three times ...

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  • Should a State School Be Part of Your College Admissions Strategy?

    Barry Lenson

    Should a State School Be Part of Your College Admissions Strategy? Only a few years ago, many college applicants regarded state universities as economical safety schools that they could fall back on if other schools rejected them. Now that seems to be changing. Here are some of the reasons why . . . Tuition at state schools is going up. A recent CNN article, “Tuition at Public Colleges and University Skyrockets”  reports that “Tuition at many public colleges and universities is skyrocketing, thanks to state budget deficits that have choked off funding for higher education.” The article further reports that tuition will jump between 10 and 15 percent at the universities of Florida, Nevada and Washington. And the University of ...

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