Tag Archives: Writing

Tackling the Optional ACT-SAT Writing Tests

Most colleges have moved away from the optional writing portions of the ACT and SAT. Is it a good idea to take it anyway? We answer that question and others along with tips on tackling this portion of college entrance testing. Watch, listen and learn from Christy Roy-Godfrey, LEAP ACT-SAT English Pro! You’ll learn:  -If you should take it or not -How it impacts your overall score -How it affects your admission decision We will also strategize this portion of the test by understanding: -What types of prompts you should anticipate -What the graders are looking for -How to write … Continue reading

What’s NEW in Common App 2017-18

For the 2017-18 application cycle, the Common App now boasts over 700 colleges with 49 states represented. This is an addition of 47 new schools including Ohio’s public Kent State. Students are able to start their applications at any time of year as most of the Common App “rolls over” to the next year. However, anything NEW in the application for the coming year as well as college-specific questions, recommender invitations and authorization release will not roll-over. Each year the Common App creates enhancements to make the application process more user friendly for students as well as to meet the … Continue reading

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?

Common App Essay Prompts 2017-18 Cycle

The essay demonstrates your ability to write clearly and concisely on a selected topic and helps you distinguish yourself in your own voice. What do you want the readers of your application to know about you apart from courses, grades, and test scores? Choose the option that best helps you answer that question and write an essay of no more than 650 words, using the prompt to inspire and structure your response. Remember: 650 words is your limit, not your goal. Use the full range if you need it, but don’t feel obligated to do so. Of the almost 700 … 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

5 Tips to an Outstanding College Application Essay

Learn, Brainstorm, Write, Revise & Polish.  These are the steps in LEAP’s 5-step process to an essay that will make you stand out from the crowd of applicants vying for a spot at your dream school. Creating the optimal essay takes focus and time. August 1st brings a flurry of activity when most applications becoming available, fall extra curriculars starting and don’t forget senior year starting. Keeping all of the balls in the air, while keeping grades up, requires room in your schedule that can be hard to find. One way to maximize your schedule and develop the best essay possible … 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

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

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