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  • How to Improve your SAT Score without Spending a Cent

    How to Improve your SAT Score without Spending a Cent
    Barry Lenson

    Put on your thinking cap. Here’s a multiple-choice question for you . . . 1) Paying a SAT tutor $1,000 or more to prepare for the SAT could best be characterized as: a) A waste of money. b) A complete waste of money. c) A really really bad waste of money. d) All of the above. Okay, you see where we are heading with this. In fairness, there are valid reasons to pay a tutoring company to boost your scores. The problem is that a lot of students who are thinking about the SAT for the first time call a tutoring company before they even crack open a prep book or consider how they can improve their scores on their own. Want to try an online class? Take two free lessons on us today! That’s throwing money away, because it make ...

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  • The Legacy Factor

    Barry Lenson

    For years, it’s been an open secret that students get preferential treatment when applying to the colleges that their parents attended. Is that fair? It depends. Colleges think it is a good idea. Applicants who lack the right connections tend to disagree. Colleges have fielded a number of justifications for the practice. Some of these reasons sound good, others less so. Some colleges say that legacy candidates are stronger applicants because they grew up in households that placed a high value on education. Of course, that justification doesn’t explain why the child of a Princeton grad doesn’t get insider status when applying to Yale, Brown or another Ivy League school. One reason for legacy admission is obvious, however. Alum ...

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  • Making the Best College Choice Possible

    Jaime Dalbke

    The waiting is over.  You know which colleges want you to be part of their student body.  After all the months of waiting to find out if you "made the grade", now it’s your turn to decide which school will make your final cut.  Still, this can be a daunting decision.  Without a doubt, the most important thing you need to do before making that decision is to visit.  No brochure, website, video tour or Facebook page can capture the real feel of a campus.  You have to experience it for yourself. Once you’ve visited, here are a few things you should consider before you make your final college choice: Comfort Level.  Ask yourself a few questions about your time on campus such as: Did I like the students I met? Did they seem lik ...

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