Tag Archives: SAT

Planning YOUR ACT-SAT Testing Timeline

Ohio is now giving all juniors either the ACT or SAT each spring. This creates great opportunity and can cut the cost of college entrance in half to a third of what it previously was. With this opportunity, many families feel they are lost in a maze of confusion trying to make a plan and discern the right decisions for their individual child. LEAP’s team operates on vast experience built since 1999 and guides families through answering questions such as: How does completion of algebra 2 impact the testing timeline? Should students take the ACT, SAT or both? How does … Continue reading

What’s the “Write” Option?

Students who don’t like to write are often looking for outs when it comes to writing.  The ACT and now SAT calling their writing or essay portion of the test “optional”, often feels like it’s ripe for opting OUT of the dreaded essay.  So what’s one to do? LEAP offers advice to families with the desire to keep all college options open for application in the fall of the senior year. Colleges that DON’T Require the Writing Portion As of fall 2016, the initiation of application season for the class of 2017, there’s been a change. ALL Ohio public schools no … Continue reading

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

Where Are My PSAT Scores & What Do They Mean?!

READ ON TO FIND OUT HOW TO LOCATE YOUR SCORES AND LEARN THE OTHER CHANGES! You’ve likely heard the SAT is redesigned (rSAT) and debuting in March 2016. What you may not know is the PSAT (a pre-SAT) taken by virtually every U.S. 11th grader (and many younger students) was also redesigned and debuted in October 2015.  It’s also the qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship Competition (NMSC). In previous years, juniors who took the PSAT in October received their paper score report in December right before winter break. If you know this, you may be left wondering where … 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

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