Monthly Archives: September 2011

Getting to Know Colleges

There are more choices than ever when it comes to college.  So what is available (and much of it FREE!) to navigate this road? College Fairs Attending a college fair in your area allows you to gather information and connect with many college reps in one day.  The National Association of College Admissions Counselors (NACAC) hosts fairs throughout the country.  Cincinnati’s is this Sunday, October 2nd, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. at the Duke Energy Center.  The full list of NACAC National College Fairs is listed by following the link.  Save time and register before the day of the event. Colleges in … Continue reading

ACT & SAT College Readiness Benchmarks

ACT and SAT College Readiness Benchmarks are meant as a guideline to indicate students likely to be successful in college as a freshman.  That is they have the ability and if they put the work in they are likely to succeed. ACT Benchmarks Came First In 2005 when ACT added the optional Writing portion to their test (remember: LEAP encourages all students to take the writing portion!), they also established College Readiness Benchmarks for each of the subtests: English, math, reading and science. Meeting the benchmark would indicate a student has a 50% chance of earning a B or better and … Continue reading

What’s New at Ohio Colleges

On Monday, I spent the day on the big and beautiful Ohio State University campus for the annual Articulation Meeting for the Ohio Association of College Admission Counselors (OACAC).  A highlight was the session on Ohio’s public 4-year institutions, where there is always something new! ACT and SAT When it comes to college entrance exams, Miami University surprised many when they announced they are dropping the requirement for the ACT optional writing test.  From an advising stance, I’m still going to continue to encourage students to take the writing portion of the test as many schools still require them.  University of … 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

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