Tips for Getting ACT Extended Time

You’ve never finished a PSAT, Aspire or Pre-ACT test within the allotted time. Performing your best on the ACT is daunting task, because you most always require additional time at school. Quit stressing and apply for extended time on the ACT.  You never know, you may just qualify and can relax a bit! Who Qualifies and How Students with physical disabilities, medical conditions, hearing or visual impairment, those who have diagnosed ADHD, psychiatric conditions or learning disabilities may apply for extended time.  Before you apply for accommodations, you’ll need to register online for your ACT test. As with everything in the college selection and application … Continue reading

“Acceptance” Scores: Extrovert, Introvert or Ambivert

For those who’ve completed LEAP’s Fit 2 Flourish Coaching based around The Birkman Method, Acceptance scores indicate how an individual relates to groups: Group v. Alone. “Usual” scores indicate one’s personal strength behavior.  So whether to the high end of the scale with 99 being the highest possible score or low end 1, it’s your personal strength to embrace!  Those with the high scores appear to others as outgoing and gregarious who enjoy the group.  On the opposite end of the scale individuals are quiet and independent from the group with a preference for engaging one-on-one. The “Need” score is one’s … Continue reading

Should You Panic Over Your ACT Essay Score?


The ACT underwent some changes in 2015 none more dramatic than the optional essay section. It was completely overhauled aimed at getting more to what colleges want students to demonstrate.  Seniors going for a final retest before application submission found themselves straddling two different versions of the essay portion. Most juniors have only tested with the new essay. “My essay score doesn’t match the rest!” “I did really well on the old type of essay test – what happened?!” “Does ACT really have the new essay scoring figured out yet?” “ACT essay readers need some training!” These are the shouts of … Continue reading

Common App Essay Prompts 16-17 Cycle

The essay demonstrates your ability to write clearly and concisely on a selected topic and helps you distinguish yourself in your own voice. What do you want the readers of your application to know about you apart from courses, grades, and test scores? Choose the option that best helps you answer that question and write an essay of no more than 650 words, using the prompt to inspire and structure your response. Remember: 650 words is your limit, not your goal. Use the full range if you need it, but don’t feel obligated to do so. New in the 2015-16 … Continue reading

4 Action Steps from PSAT Scores

The PSAT was completely overhauled for its debut in October 2015. Students who took it should access their online scores (here’s how!) in addition to paper reports distributed at school in February 2016.  There is a wealth of information contained in the score reports that will greatly assist on the college bound journey. Watch our video (slight audio problems, so we are rerecording soon!) to gain insight into: How to Read Your Report to Interpret Scores If Your Scores Might Qualify You for Scholarship Money How Scores predict success on the ACT – OR – the SAT (you don’t have to … Continue reading

Where Are My PSAT Scores & What Do They Mean?!

READ ON TO FIND OUT HOW TO LOCATE YOUR SCORES AND LEARN THE OTHER CHANGES! You’ve likely heard the SAT is redesigned (rSAT) and debuting in March 2016. What you may not know is the PSAT (a pre-SAT) taken by virtually every U.S. 11th grader (and many younger students) was also redesigned and debuted in October 2015.  It’s also the qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship Competition (NMSC). In previous years, juniors who took the PSAT in October received their paper score report in December right before winter break. If you know this, you may be left wondering where … Continue reading

The $75,000 Fifth Year of College

In Brian’s junior year of high school, he was determined to become a petroleum engineer, the highest paid field of engineering. This was fueled by his love of science and math as well as successfully navigating a college level first year engineering course while still in high school. His Midwest family set out on a whirlwind tour of Texas engineering schools. Not much later, he abandoned petroleum engineering that would take him far from home then set his sights on general engineering at schools closer to home. At the start of the senior year, he applied to selective schools in-state … Continue reading

Before You File For Financial Aid

January 1, 2016 the FAFSA will roll out. This application is required to utilize federal financial aid for which you or your student may qualify. This year the first step, logging into your account to apply, has changed. It affects the high school class of 2016 and even older students already in college who are applying for aid beyond the freshman year of college. Yes, the FAFSA must be completed every year you are in college and intend to use federal aid, including the Stafford Unsubsidized Loan which even students with no financial need can utilize. To obtain aid for … Continue reading

Redesigned ACT & SAT: How It Affects YOU!

The ACT had some minor changes starting with the reading portion in December 2014, then in February 2015 to the science portion, followed by an overhaul of the writing test in September 2015. That massive shift with the writing test left many seniors retesting in the fall of their senior year caught between two different versions of the writing test and frankly, dazed and confused. In April 2014, CollegeBoard announced a massive overhaul of the SAT test to “deliver opportunity” to underserved students, or was it to financially catch back up to the ACT who overtook them in 2012?  Regardless, … Continue reading

Will Super Scoring Help with College Admission?

As scores rolled in, students started asking us IF they should retest.  I wrote about this previously in our post Who Should take the ACT or SAT Again?  Since that article, ACT has updated their statistics on who actually improves on a second attempt.  Overall, 57% of students will improve. To see your odds, according to ACT data which differs from students who prep with LEAP, consult the chart on the ACT site. While considering whether to retest or not, the option of Super Scoring should be taken into consideration for students who already have two or more testing attempts on the same test. What is … Continue reading

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