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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.        

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

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

Critical Deadlines on the College Bound Journey

If you plan to send your child to a four-year college living on campus, your investment will likely be over $100,000 without any gift aid in the form of scholarships and grants. This is based on the U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. (2015).  Private schools run higher than the $23,872 of all four-year institutes at $35,074. Educating your children could likely be your most expensive investment outside of owning a home. Because of this, it is worthy of planning a careful, thorough and measured as a home purchase or your own retirement and savings to garner an excellent return … Continue reading

Risky Business: The ACT-SAT Optional Writing Test

Given the opportunity what teenager wouldn’t rather skip writing a 40 or 50-minute essay? The adolescent me would have jumped at the chance. The college counselor I am today hopes someone would have stopped me. Much to the disappointment of teenagers, LEAP‘s recommendation is to take the optional writing test each and every time. Yes, EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. The financial cost of doing so will increase your testing fees by $11.50 (SAT) or $17 (ACT – which is cheaper than the non-writing SAT). The potential opportunity cost of not opting in could be missing out on the college of your dreams. … Continue reading

The Two Week Rule

This time of year many seniors are feeling behind on applications. As we step in to assist, there’s the reminder of a fairly consistent rule on the college bound journey: 2 weeks. Regardless of where you are on the journey, keep this rule in mind and know with each step along the way, you ought to at least 2 weeks. College Visits: The general rule of thumb is to plan no less than 2 weeks in advance. It isn’t unusual for special visit days to fill sooner than that. The early bird gets the worm! Testing Registration: While we encourage students … Continue reading

The Expensive Choice of Testing Prior to Prep

Expense can be calculated in the terms of time and money. Taking the ACT or SAT for a “trial run” before embarking on test prep and serious testing is a costly mistake. LEAP’s proven approach since 1999 is as follows: Take a prep course – we hope you’ll choose LEAP! Take the first attempt at the ACT and/or SAT. Analyze scores and decide which test to retest on. 57% of students increase on a second attempt. If necessary (not always the case), do additional prep (LEAP offers individualized tutoring) to strengthen weak areas on the test. Retest on the ACT … Continue reading

5 Questions to Ask Before You Apply

You’ve hit submit. Now you anxiously await the decision. When will it come? How is your application and accompanying documents scrutinized by the college? The answers to these questions can vary greatly by college. To understand how you are viewed and when you’ll know the decision, ask these key questions of each college to which you apply. 1. How will GPA be considered (and what’s on your transcript)? Some high schools show weighted GPA, others unweighted and some both. Ask your high school what will appear on the official transcript to the college. Ideally they are giving you a copy of your transcript … Continue reading

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