Tag Archives: Advance Placement (AP)

Make a College Bound Summer Plan

Summer is ripe with opportunity to get things done on the college bound journey. Fewer commitments, laid back days, little to no homework, all create space to get serious about the college bound checklist on items often difficult to fit in during the school year. These summer (and other) tips are based on our countless interactions visiting colleges and communicating with admission and enrollment professionals at colleges all over the U.S. We have tips for junior high through high school! What will you do this summer?

Update on MORE Changes to the ACT and SAT

New Test Dates This is a major change, and the newest test dates for both the ACT and the SAT could be beneficial. Please note: each may change your testing timeline. It’s important to consider or to reconsider your plan. SAT will begin offering a summer administration on August 26, 2017. This gives seniors the chance to test one more time before college applications.  The SAT will drop its traditional January administration for 2018, allowing the following schedule: March, May, June, August, October, November and December each year.  Note: subject tests will be offered on all dates, sans the March … Continue reading

Tips for Building High School Schedules

As high school students start scheduling for the coming school year, I encourage them to think ahead and think hard to make wise choices. Think Ahead While the choices you make will be in stone for next year, you should sketch out the remaining high school years as well whether you’re one, two or three years from graduation. You’ll want to make certain you are first meeting all graduation requirements.  Next looking ahead to the junior and senior years where you have more room to take what YOU want, you’ll want to pay close attention to prerequisites for those advanced … 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

Knowing This, I Would Have Enjoyed the Ride

Our guest blogger this month is Maria Marballi, Ohio State freshman and former LEAP student. One year ago, I was asking myself what I was going to do with the rest of my life. I had to pick a college, and in order to pick a college; I had to select an area of study of which to narrow down the selection of vastly distinctive universities that lay in front of me: all with different positives and negatives, strengths and weaknesses. This meant a few things: anxiety, peer pressure and angst. Senior year was a collaboration of learning how to … Continue reading

AP Credit without the Class?

With sights set on college admission, adding AP classes and tests to your resume might just give the needed edge for admission.  AP classes are viewed favorably for college admission by 85% of selective colleges.  Being part of the 30% of high school students who take one or more AP exams, or better yet the 60% of those students who scored a 3, 4 or 5 on the exam, can make you a standout. Do You Have Time? Available time can be a factor in choosing to pursue AP classes.  Not only are you dedicating a period each day to the class, … Continue reading

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