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College Application Rejected?? An Appeal May Be Worth the Effort!

Posted by Manuel Fabriquer on Fri, May 23, 2014 @ 8:44 PM
Appeal CollegeApp perspectiveAs truisms go, the idea that “rejection is a part of life,” doesn’t give much comfort when you’ve just received a rejection notice from a college. While some may be resigned to their fate, others will consider the possibility of overturning an admissions decision.  Before you proceed, however, make sure that you have given a lot of thought as to why you would like to attend that particular institution. That mere fact that the school is good, or that you’re finishing your senior year with winning numbers, aren’t compelling reasons for admitting a student. If you decide to go ahead with an appeal, here are some things to temper blind optimism:
  • Not all schools offer an appeal process: In many of your top-tier schools such as Stanford and Columbia, a No will be a No. The only exception would be if there was an administrative error such as a mix-up with a transcript or an incorrect reporting of test scores.
  • Public Schools: The UCs accept less than 1% of appeals, so your margin of hope is that much smaller. If you do decide to appeal a rejection from a UC school (or any other public school for that matter) submit your letter as soon as possible. Your grounds for an appeal should be more compelling than an upward grade trend or a new award. It should speak to your aspirations in life and why and how that school will be instrumental to your personal and intellectual development.
In other cases, there must be an extenuating circumstance such as military service or a debilitating health issue in order to appeal for an additional application review.
  • Not in for Fall? Try Spring!: In certain cases, some schools will offer the possibility of applying for Spring semester. If you decide to take this route, then the best advice would be: don’t stay idle! Keep yourself busy by taking courses at a community college and earning top grades. In addition, take on an internship or a part-time job so that you have greater experiences and maturity to show for in your new application.

Tags: strategies for college, college applications, attending college

The SAT: Out with the Old and In with the New

Posted by Manuel Fabriquer on Fri, May 9, 2014 @ 7:33 PM
Redesigning the SAT CollegeBoardRecently, the College Board announced that a new and redesigned version of the SAT exam would go into effect in 2016. In an attempt to level, what some had argued, an unfair playing field, the new exam will do away with certain components. This includes:
  • Essay: The new exam will include an essay section that is purely optional. While most students are used to the required essay that is timed at 25 minutes, the new essay will clock in at 50 minutes. The designers are hoping that this change will give students ample time to analyze the structure and content of a written work. The optional essay will also mean that the grading scale will change from 0-2400 to 0-1600.
  • Redesigning the SATObscure Vocabulary: The old test was replete with words like ‘tergiversate’ and ‘phlegmatic,’ leading many long-suffering high school students to memorize words that they would never use in any practical context. The revamped exam promises to test students on vocabulary that would be widely used in college and beyond.
  • Selective Use of a Calculator: While the calculator was always a welcome presence during the math section, the new exam will only allow the use of a calculator for certain subsections. In doing so, the test will measure the student’s mathematical fluency without the added support that calculators often provide.
  • Fill in the Blank: Also known as “sentence completion,” will be dropped in lieu of more textual analysis on subjects such as science, history and social studies. The texts will often be authored by important historical figures such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Abraham Lincoln. This section will focus more on the student’s ability to analyze different styles of writing and to pinpoint the author’s intent.
Like it or not, change is on its way, and it is important for parents of high school freshmen or longer to be prepared for the new testing format. Although it remains to be seen as to whether the new exam will spur greater accessibility to higher education, the benchmark status of the SAT and ACT is here to stay.

Tags: strategies for college, college applications, SATs, college admission essay, admission essays, High school sophomores

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