Monthly Archives: October 2011

The Latest Trends in College Admissions

Each year the National Association of College Admission Counseling releases the results of a survey which identify the latest trends in college admissions.  The 2011 State of College Admission was recently released and points to the following trends. Increased Applications While the number of high school graduates peaked in 2009 at 3.33 million and is now in a period of decline, the number of college applications has continued to increase.  In a growing trend, 85% of students’ applications were submitted online.  This fits my previous post  What’s New at Ohio Colleges  where I cited a number of Ohio schools who have … Continue reading

Why Pay Sticker Price for College?

This past summer I had to finally replace my trusty mini-van after almost a decade.  Frankly, I was ready to move on to something non-van! I started my research of reviews and price.  We did buy new and of course, we did not pay sticker price.  No one does, right?  So can the same sticker price rule also apply to college?  Yes! Sticker Price Sticker price for college is the total Cost of Attendance (COA).  This means tuition + room/board + books + fees.  Note: COA is not just tuition + room/board! Many families look at the sticker price of … Continue reading

PSAT & PLAN Test Basics

Juniors and many sophomores will be taking the PSAT on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at school.  Others will take the test Saturday.  At the same time, many schools opt to have underclassmen take the PLAN test.  Both tests are terrific practice for future ACT and SAT college entrance exams. Full details about the PSAT can be found on our post, PSAT and National Merit Basics.  Reviewing important details about each test just before test day will help. PSAT This is the little sister to the SAT taken later in the junior year. Number one strategy: don’t blind guess!  You find … Continue reading

ACT or SAT: Which One is for YOU?

ACT and SAT: either or both?  Many juniors are faced by this dilemma.  There is no one cookie cutter answer.  The good news is all colleges accept either, so you have options. LEAP is in the business of helping students sort out the details and make the best possible decision for you. Different Types of Tests To begin with, the nature of the ACT and SAT are different.  The ACT is an achievement test measuring what you’ve learned.  It will more closely resemble a test taken in the regular classroom.  It’s also likely the fastest paced test a student will ever take.  Slow … Continue reading

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