Tag Archives: Writing

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

Common App Essay Prompts 16-17 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. New in the 2015-16 … 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

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

4 Reasons to Write a Student Resume

A student resume is essentially the brag sheet for colleges you court. Most students keep an ongoing list in their head of what they’ve done and what they’ve won. However, there are real benefits to formalizing that internal list into a document before college applications are tackled. Don’t Miss Your Accomplishments If you wait until sitting at the computer completing applications, you may just forget something you’ve done. Formalizing the resume early, revisiting it, and sharing with parents will make sure nothing is forgotten. It also helps you think through the importance of what you’ve done and what pursuits best … Continue reading

Summer To-Do for Rising Juniors

Sophomore year is coming to a close. Students are thinking they are “half-way through” high school. While that may be true, when you  factor in that by August 1 of the following summer going into your senior year you’ll be ready to apply to college, students suddenly realize it’s time to LEAP forward with college selection. Whatever the grades are at the end of the junior year (and for most test scores – if you plan right!), that is what you’ll apply to college with and that list of colleges needs to be finalized before the senior year begins. To … Continue reading

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