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Sep 19, 2021

Who Should Take the December ACT or SAT

Juniors are ready to take the December ACT/SAT if they have completed algebra 1 as well as geometry or are finished with or at least half way through the last of those three courses which is generally algebra 2 in traditional math sequencing at high schools. 

Aug 23, 2021

Tips for Getting ACT Extended Time & Other Accommodations

In July 2021, ACT streamlined the process for students wanting or needing testing accommodations which in our experi...

Aug 17, 2021

Who Should Take the October ACT or October/November SAT

There is an 8-month window when students should take their first ACT and/or SAT test. Hitting the ideal date will help students avoid overwhelm, nail the target ideal score they are capable of, and set them up to be finished with testing as early as possible to focus on other important aspects of the college bound journey. 

Aug 2, 2021

College Application Supplemental Essay

At many universities that are highly selective, the GPA and test scores of the vast majority of the applicants are so...

Jul 26, 2021

Demonstrated Interest: Getting on the College’s Radar

It’s simple. Students who DEMONSTRATE INTEREST at colleges who track interest get admitted at higher rates. Colleges want to increase their “yield”. Yield is the number of applicants who actually choose to attend a school where they are accepted. In recent years, while the number of applicants to colleges are up, yield is down.

Jul 12, 2021

Changes Coming to the ACT Reading Section

ACT recently announced an upcoming change in 2021 to the reading portion of the test. I've not yet seen a confirmatio...

Jun 29, 2021

Learning Disability Services Differ in College

High school students on IEP’s and 504’s will undoubtedly do better in some college settings than others. Before even ...

Jun 21, 2021

Who Should Take the August SAT or September ACT

Believe it or not, it's already time to start thinking ahead to late summer and fall testing even though summer just ...

Jun 15, 2021

How Colleges View GPA

When Ohio’s largest high school, William Mason High School (Mason), dropped the honors of Valedictorian and Salutato...

Jun 7, 2021

Who Should Take the July ACT

While July isn't ideal for every student, many rising juniors and seniors may benefit.     The slower days of summer ...

May 29, 2021

Do students need to know the college major before applying?

As students work on college applications eventually they land on each college's question:  To What Major are You App...

May 25, 2021

High School Student Privacy with ACT, SAT, and Applications

As students complete registration questions for testing and their college applications, they turn to parents with a flurry of questions such as those below. LEAP client, Lysa, reached out to me via a direct message on Facebook saying she was "alarmed by the amount of personal info" the Common App asks.
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