How to Showcase Your Diversity in Your College Essay

August 6th, 2015

200394126-001College campuses are striving to increase the diversity of their classes each year, believing that diversity enhances the multiple perspectives that a liberal arts education develops, as well as expanding knowledge and preparing students for life in a global community.

So what does this mean to you? This information can be used as an advantage in your college application; it is crucial that you demonstrate that you’ll bring something unique to campus and help create a microcosm of our diverse planet. Read the rest of this entry »

SHSAT Preparation and Scoring

July 31st, 2015

SHSAT test
The Specialized High School Admission Test (SHSAT) is the key component of the admissions process to eight of New York City’s specialized high schools.  With the exception of the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, schools base acceptance on how 8th and first-time 9th grade students perform on the 95-question multiple choice test, which encompasses verbal and math sections designed to ascertain capacities such as logical reasoning, reading comprehension, and computational math. Read the rest of this entry »

The Importance of the SHSAT

July 24th, 2015

SHSAT examWith more than 400 high schools, New York City has an extensive public school system including nine specialized high schools geared specifically toward students who are considered academically and artistically gifted.  For 8th and first-time 9th grade students seeking to earn a merit-based placement, the Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT) is a critical part of the application process.

In addition to being a requirement, the SHSAT is the sole criterion for admission to eight of the specialized high schools:

  • Bronx High School of Science
  • Brooklyn Latin School
  • Brooklyn Technical High School
  • High School for Math, Science and Engineering at City College
  • High School for American Studies at Lehman College
  • Queens High School for the Sciences at York College
  • Staten Island Technical High School
  • Stuyvesant High School

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How the June 6 SAT Mistake Affects Your Score

June 15th, 2015

Test TakingWhat’s happening with the June 6th SAT? Everybody is going crazy with questions! Do my scores count? When will I get my scores? What’s actually happened? Who does this affect?

Breathe!

I’m going to attempt to clarify the slightly unusual situation that has sent many students into meltdown! Ok, so a printing error occurred on the SAT test that was administered in the United States on the 6th of June. What implications does this have for you? The College Board and ETS have decided that the last section of Math and Reading will not be scored, so your score will be calculated on the first two sections. But, the College Board insists that these scores will still be reliable. Read the rest of this entry »

Common App Essay Tips

May 29th, 2015

App Essay Prompts

What does it mean to “share your story?” The pool of topics for common application essays is vast, but with this freedom comes the terrifying sense of getting the topic wrong or not communicating that urgent aspect of yourself that you meant to. College supplements often asks applicants to write about their strengths, their weaknesses, their suitability to college life and so forth. It all gets a bit hoop-jumpy, but that’s not to say you can’t write something meaningful or important to you, even when the prompts begin to blur and it feels like you’re having to write the same essay over and over.

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