PSAT & National Merit Basics

Stephanie Meyer Twilight author, M. Night Shyamalan movie director, Jeffrey Bezos CEO of Amazon.com, John Roberts Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court, Bill Gates former Microsoft Chairman, Ben Bernanke Chairman of the US Federal Reserve have one thing in common.  They were each National Merit Scholarship winners chosen from a pool of 15,000 National Merit Finalists.  How did they get there? Each October more than 1.5 million high school juniors enter the National Merit Scholarship race by taking the PSAT test through Collegeboard at their local high school.  The PSAT doubles only in the junior year as the National Merit … Continue reading

Before You File For Financial Aid

October 1, 2016 the FAFSA will roll out – YES! This is a new date. This application is required to utilize federal financial aid for which you or your student may qualify. The first step, logging into your account to apply, changed in 2016. It is in affect for the high school class of 2017 and older students already in college who are applying for aid. 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. All families are required … Continue reading

All Ohio Juniors to Take the ACT or SAT

On July 11, 2016, the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) announced starting with the graduating class of 2018 ALL Ohio juniors will take EITHER the ACT or SAT each spring as one of their three diploma options.  In addition to 20 state minimum course credit requirements, all students must meet ONE of the college and career readiness standards: Earning a cumulative 18 points on Ohio’s state end-of-course exams. Earning 12 points for industry and workforce readiness. Earning “remediation-free” scores on the ACT or SAT. How will this work? Each high school in the state of Ohio will choose between administering the … Continue reading

Ready, Set, Connect! College Fairs in Cincinnati & Columbus Fall 2016

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

5 Tips to an Outstanding College Application Essay

Learn, Brainstorm, Write, Revise & Polish.  These are the steps in LEAP’s 5-step process to an essay that will make you stand out from the crowd of applicants vying for a spot at your dream school. Creating the optimal essay takes focus and time. August 1st brings a flurry of activity when most applications becoming available, fall extra curriculars starting and don’t forget senior year starting. Keeping all of the balls in the air, while keeping grades up, requires room in your schedule that can be hard to find. One way to maximize your schedule and develop the best essay possible … Continue reading

Common App 2016-17 Preview

Not a lot has changed in the Common App from the previous year, however it’s always comforting to get an overview tutorial before jumping into college applications.  Here is this year’s preview! Need essay assistance, selecting colleges for application, review of your application before you hit submit? Those are the services LEAP provides for families across the U.S. regardless of location. Just contact us: info@LEAProgram.com or 513-754-2240 http:// Common App 2016-17 Preview from Lisa Marker-Robbins on Vimeo.        

4 Reasons to NOT Apply Early Decision

November 1st is the Early Decision (ED) deadline at many schools. You’ve heard applying Early Decision will increase your odds of acceptance. What is Early Decision? First not all schools offer Early Decision and you can only apply to one school ED indicating this school is your first choice. For those that apply ED it is a firm commitment to withdraw all other regular and Early Action (non-binding) applications from other schools and enroll in the Early Decision school if accepted. Think Twice At 16, 17 or 18, a firm commitment to anything but what you’re doing this weekend is … Continue reading

ACT deja vu!

LEAP blog post dated July 2, 2015: ACT Changes for Fall 2015 – Here We Go Again. Can you believe barely shy of a year later (as in DAYS) the world of college admission testing is experiencing a flashback? The constant changes with ACT and SAT are leaving many of us with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. On June 27th, 2016, I received a “confidential” email from ACT stating a major announcement would follow on the 28th. A step back in time to the ACT optional writing test being scored once again on the 2-12 point scale. In September 2015, ACT … Continue reading

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

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