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April 30, 2014
Posted by Jeff Knox | in admissions, college access, college applications, counselors | Comments ()
ED 1, ED 2, Early Action and other decision deadlines explained.   It used to be that colleges had just one deadline. Simply get your application in before that date, and all is well. Not so these days. Now colleges have all sorts of...
April 15, 2014
Posted by Ned Johnson | in ACT, SAT | Comments ()
*This is a repost of a guest blog Ned Johnson penned for The Answer Sheet at The Washington Post.    Did you ever feel a bit of stress when you took the SAT or ACT?  Many of us do, and the reason may seem obvious:  because...
March 20, 2014
Posted by Ned Johnson | in | Comments ()
It’s 4:23 on Thursday, March 20, and the Eagle has landed. Ok, Eagles. The American University kind. And, they didn’t exactly land… more like they hit the ground like bags of wet cement. Bracket: busted. No $1B from Mr. Warren...
January 31, 2014
Posted by Jeff Knox | in academic planning, admissions | Comments ()
February may seem like a silly time to start thinking about summer, but in fact, now is the perfect time to start looking ahead. By the time the school year ends, you’ll have spent many months working diligently to learn all that academic...
November 26, 2013
Posted by Jeff Knox | in academic planning, admissions, college access, college applications, essays | Comments ()
Oftentimes, students who are applying to college select schools that they consider "reach schools" for early decision and early action. Now that many of the early deadlines for college admissions have passed, you may be wondering whether...
October 18, 2013
Posted by Ned Johnson | in academic planning, admissions, college access, tips | Comments ()
I’ve tutored and test-prepped thousands of high school students over the years, which means I’ve spent many, many hours talking with teens who are gearing up for college entrance exams and, therefore, college. While most of these...
August 13, 2013
Posted by Jeff Knox | in admissions, college access, college applications, colleges, counselors, essays, tips | Comments ()
College admissions committees are a tough crowd. You won’t gain their acceptance with generic, ill-prepared essays; they want insight, solid examples of your experience, quality writing and a genuine voice, to name just a few. Voice,...
June 18, 2013
Colleges aren’t asking much of you – just a sample of writing that is supposed to be the BEST ESSAY YOU HAVE EVER WRITTEN.   Perhaps I’m overdramatizing, but nevertheless, college essays may be more important than you...
May 29, 2013
Posted by Jeff Knox | in admissions, college applications, essays | Comments ()
As we wrap up the academic year, I’m sure some of you juniors tingle with anticipation when you think, “Just a few more weeks, and I’m done! Next year I’m a senior.” Right now, you’re probably directing your...
May 1, 2013
  One of the hardest things about the college admission process is getting hold of just the right information. It’s not that there isn’t a lot of information to find. In fact, there’s so much published about admissions and...
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