Tackling the Optional ACT-SAT Writing Tests

Most colleges have moved away from the optional writing portions of the ACT and SAT. Is it a good idea to take it anyway? We answer that question and others along with tips on tackling this portion of college entrance testing. Watch, listen and learn from Christy Roy-Godfrey, LEAP ACT-SAT English Pro! You’ll learn:  -If you should take it or not -How it impacts your overall score -How it affects your admission decision We will also strategize this portion of the test by understanding: -What types of prompts you should anticipate -What the graders are looking for -How to write … Continue reading

Work Ahead with Common App Roll Over

With the roll over feature for the Common App, students can get a jump start on applications prior to the official launch of the 2017-18 application on August 1, 2017. Keep in mind Common App will go offline and be unavailable starting July 24th until the 2017-18 app launches August 1st. Ready to get started? Go here and set-up your account then login to work on your future application. Most, not all, of the application can be completed any time then when the student logs on August 1st or later their stored information will appear in the new application.  Here’s … Continue reading

What’s NEW in Common App 2017-18

For the 2017-18 application cycle, the Common App now boasts over 700 colleges with 49 states represented. This is an addition of 47 new schools including Ohio’s public Kent State. Students are able to start their applications at any time of year as most of the Common App “rolls over” to the next year. However, anything NEW in the application for the coming year as well as college-specific questions, recommender invitations and authorization release will not roll-over. Each year the Common App creates enhancements to make the application process more user friendly for students as well as to meet the … 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.  83.4% of LEAP students improve their scores. 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 … Continue reading

Who’s Getting In & Attending Miami University?

Miami University, Oxford, OH  

ACT and SAT State Testing Dates 2018

If you live in a state that gives a statewide ACT or SAT, such as Ohio, Colorado, Michigan, Kentucky and many others, dates have been set for 2018. These dates should be considered when planning ahead for junior year college entrance testing. For those taking algebra 2 as a junior, LEAP advises your state test be your first test. For those who completed algebra 2 sophomore year or sooner, LEAP recommends your first attempt being prior to state testing. We do not recommend February and March National Test Dates as they are too close to the state test dates. State … Continue reading

Ready, Set, Connect! College Fairs in Cincinnati 2017-18

Whether you’re a sophomore or junior staring the college visits and selection or a senior knee deep in college applications, college fairs are a great way to engage with admissions reps from our area, demonstrate interest and learn more about the schools. A few tips! Advance Planning Register ahead of time when possible. Consult the list of attending colleges before you go; create a target list for connection. Create a list of questions to ask the representative. Print out contact stickers to save time when completing contact cards for more information. You want the college to know you were there! By … Continue reading

Northern Exposure: Four Michigan Schools that Might Be Right for You

After attending a professional development seminar hosted by Central Michigan University, Eastern Michigan University, Kettering University, and Michigan State University, LEAP’s College Counseling Team wanted to provide background information on each.  Who knows? One of these schools may be your perfect FIT! Central Michigan University: Located in Mount Pleasant, Michigan (2 ½ hours from Detroit), Central Michigan University is a 4-year, public university.  Additionally, CMU offers Michigan’s first undergraduate neuroscience degree program, which was awarded the 2013 Undergraduate Program of the Year by the Society for Neuroscience.  With 20,415 undergraduate students, CMU’s average incoming freshman has a 3.33 GPA and … Continue reading

Getting a Great Teacher Recommendation

As a high school teacher in my earlier life, September always meant the onslaught of requests on behalf of students, all whom I liked, to write a recommendation letter on their behalf to boost their chance of admission of the college of their choice.  Are all letters created equal?  I’d like to say yes, but honestly, no.  So who got the best letters and how can you get one too? Whom Should You Ask? All of the students who were asking were great students to have in class or they wouldn’t have chosen me to write their letter.  After about letter … Continue reading

Where are My State ACT Scores?

In July of 2016, the State of Ohio announced all juniors would take either the ACT or SAT at their high school in the spring. Most high schools opted for the ACT on March 21st; a few are doing the April ACT and even fewer the SAT. Students who’ve take the ACT before on their own have noticed these states results are slower than national test date results to arrive. When the test scores do arrive, they won’t be by the usual method.  So when and how will you get your scores? If you have an existing ACT account, how will … Continue reading

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