Tag Archives: ACT

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

ACT Changes for Fall 2015 – Here We Go Again

While the SAT is undergoing a major overhaul to premiere in March of 2016 (watch our video explaining the redesigned SAT/PSAT), the ACT is announcing a few, albeit rather small comparatively speaking, changes as well. Some of these changes were seen in the last school year, but the most major change, to the writing test, debuts in September. LEAP has invested a great deal of time and research on SAT and ACT changes and our test prep program started in 1999 is at the ready for the newest versions of the tests! Reading The test remains 40 questions in 35 … Continue reading

Determining ACT? SAT? or Both?

Good news! All colleges accept both the ACT and SAT tests without preference being given to one over the other. Some schools are even test optional. So how does a student determine which test to invest in? Consider PRE-Test Scores Up until April 2014, the pre-ACT was called the PLAN test. It was based on a 32 point scale. This scale allowed easy conversion to predictive ACT scores by adding 3-4 points to a PLAN composite. These predictive scores are also listed on your PLAN score report. For students graduating in 2016 or earlier, they are operating off PLAN scores … Continue reading

Finally, MY TURN! Chapter 1

It’s my turn!! I’ve worked for 15 years as an independent college counselor assisting families on college selection, application, career selection and admission. Finally, I have a high school junior, and I get the privilege (yes, I just said privilege) of embarking on the journey from a different perspective. Most certainly this will result in moments of wanting to pull my hair out (as my clients have attested to me), but hopefully many more of fun and joy. I’m frequently asked, “What would you do if he were your son?” when parents are seeking advice from me. In effort to … Continue reading

Rising Senior Summer – Be Prepared for Fall Apps

For many of you, it’s hard to believe just months from now as senior year is starting you’ll need to be ready to apply to college. That statement may leave many of you feeling behind. So how do you maximize summer so you’re ready and not overwhelmed come fall? 1. Finalize list for application. Most college applications go online August 1st, including the Common App which over 500 colleges use. LEAP recommends you start these apps when they come available to so they don’t crowd your fall schedule when you’ll have a lot more to do. To be ready to … Continue reading

Don’t Let Poor Planning Wreck Your Test Scores

Juniors and seniors may be considering fall ACT and SAT testing.  Diving in headfirst without planning can result in less than optimal test scores and a series of problems. Seniors Most seniors testing are actually in a retest scenario knowing that 57% of all students improve their ACT score on a second attempt. If you’ve only tested once as a junior, retesting is recommended.  The higher your starting score the less likely you are to improve on a subsequent attempt. For seniors who have already tested more than once, you need to know what is at stake if you are … Continue reading

Crystal Ball: the PLAN Test

The PLAN Test is an ACT based test normed to 10th graders.  Many schools around the country give the test to their 9th and 10th graders as it has high value.  For those living in the Greater Cincinnati area whose school does not give the test, LEAP gives a retired version of the actual test several times each year. Why invest the time in taking the PLAN test? Predict future ACT scores. While the scale of the PLAN test is 32, versus the ACT’s 36, it does cover the same content areas as the ACT and therefore can give a … Continue reading

Honoring ACT and SAT Score Choice

Back in the spring of 2005, SAT joined ACT in allowing for Score Choice. This means regardless of the number of times a student takes either test, the student is able to CHOOSE which single score report (or more) they would like to send to the colleges at the time of application. This policy, in my opinion, goes along with all the other privacy laws we’ve gained in recent years. I like it! Who’s Not Playing Fair? Unfortunately, there’s a rather small group of selective schools who believe they are above the policy of score choice and have a school … Continue reading

Don’t Get Turned Away on Test Day

In the wake of the SAT testing scandal on Long Island last year, ACT and SAT are putting similar security changes in place starting with the 2012-13 testing cycle. Sadly, the dishonesty of a few impacts the whole.  Don’t rely on what your older sibling or friend had to bring on test day to get in the door, or you might just be turned away. Smile! At the time of registration, students must submit a picture of themselves. Be sure it’s an individual picture with no sunglasses or hats and your face is easily discernible – you can find examples … Continue reading

Will Super Scoring Help with College Admission?

As June ACT and SAT scores rolled in, students started asking us IF they should retest.  I wrote about this last year 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 … Continue reading

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