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May 12, 2020

Increase Grammar & Writing Skills

One of my favorite birthday cards was from my sister, Lora. A picture of two possible sisters on the front. MY sister asking me, “Where’s your birthday party at?” I reply, “Don’t end a sentence with a preposition.” I won’t spoil the slightly inappropriate inside lines, but it had me laughing.

May 1, 2020

Where LEAP Students are Admitted

A journey with over 4,000 possible destinations deserves a seasoned guide. That’s what we do at LEAP! Here is where our students are admitted. The list is evidence that we work with a wide variety of students. We’re beyond proud of them!

Apr 8, 2020

What is Test Optional & Should You Submit Test Scores

Test optional has been around for a very long time, but is getting renewed attention in the wake of COVID-19 as some colleges have indicated a move to Test Optional for the class of 2021.  What is test optional? Test optional means allowing students to apply to a college with or without ACT/SAT scores; it’s left up to the student.

Mar 11, 2020

What to do when colleges cancel your visit due to Coronavirus

Is Coronavirus sabotaging your plans for spring break college visits? Don’t despair! Here are action tips on how to navigate the college selection and be application ready with this extra free time you’ve suddenly found.

Jan 21, 2020

5 Tips for High School Course Selection

With grades and course rigor being the #1 factor in getting into college, high school course selection requires careful consideration and planning. While students are only registering for the courses for next year, our advice is to sketch out a plan for all remaining years of high school based on current offerings at the school (which are subject to change).  This will ensure if students have an eye on a future course that prerequisites are met.

Jan 14, 2020

5 Tips for Successful College Visits

College visits cost time and money, so investing time into planning your visit is key to making the most of your time on the road. Likely, you are limited on the number of schools you can visit, so take the time to make wise choices of where you’ll go. Next, thoroughly research the school online before you go. Sites like College Navigator and CollegeBoard will give you important information such as retention and graduation rates along with average net price paid to attend and degrees offered. You also don’t want to ask a question on your visit that could have been easily answered on the school site.

Jan 7, 2020

How to Schedule “Rigorous” High School Classes Colleges Want

Colleges will look closely at the level of rigor a student has in their schedule.  What does “rigor” really mean? Honestly, something different for each student.  Rigorous courses are meant to challenge the student; colleges want to see that a student has appropriately challenged herself.

Dec 31, 2019

ACT & SAT College Readiness Benchmarks

ACT and SAT College Readiness Benchmarks are meant as a guideline to indicate students likely to be successful in college as a freshman.  That is they have the ability and if they put the work in they are likely to succeed.

Dec 16, 2019

Application Advice from a West Point Cadet

Former LEAP test prep student and high school valedictorian, Taylor England, is our guest blogger on her journey to get an appointment to West Point. She is currently an Army Ranger stationed in Italy. 

Nov 11, 2019

Which activities are valued by college admissions?

When comparing applicants with equal academic profiles for a seat in the freshman class, it’s the extracurriculars on the resume that can give the admitted student the edge. LEAP advises all students, particularly those going for seats in selective colleges or programs, to carefully consider what they chose to pursue outside the classroom then be diligent in crafting their formal resume.  1/3 of colleges actually require or recommend students submit a resume at the time of application.

Nov 6, 2019

What you can expect with online ACT testing

The process of testing and applying to college is expensive, so I was excited when Ohio started offering a free ACT (or SAT) to all juniors.  With my oldest graduating before this program was instituted in spring 2017, 2 of my 3 boys will have the opportunity to take advantage of it. During my second son’s junior year, his prep plan included LEAP’s strategies class before fall testing then tutoring 2 months before the winter free state ACT offered at his high school.

Nov 4, 2019

5 Reasons You NEED a Student Resume

The college admission process is very selective – a significant number of students apply each year to a limited number of open slots.  This means that you must find a way to stand apart from the other applicants. Having a résumé demonstrates your seriousness of purpose in the college application process and your good organizational skills.
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