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Khan's Got Company -- Here Comes ACT Academy

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

ACT Launches ACT Academy, a Free, Online Learning Program Designed to Help Improve ACT Scores, College Readiness

For students looking for FREE online test prep similar to the College Board's vaunted test prep and tutoring resource, Khan Academy, the ACT has announced the launch of ACT Academy.

ACT Academy is designed to offer learning tools as well as a program to support students with interactive approaches and a personalized study plan based on prior ACT test or diagnostic results. ACT Academy is slated to feature academic skill-building blocks among a robust collection of resources augmented by tips and strategies.

For more information about ACT Academy, visit: www.act.org/academy

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Marla Platt, M.B.A. is an independent college consultant based in Sudbury, MA through AchieveCoach College Consulting, providing personalized guidance to students and families throughout the college planning, search and admissions process. Marla is a professional member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association and can be reached via www.achievecoach.com

To Weight or Unweight the High School GPA?

Monday, March 05, 2018

The conversation can run both ways:  Does weighting the high school GPA create undesired competition among students?  Does an unweighted GPA accurately communicate to colleges the depth or rigor of a student's curriculum?  

Considering how colleges typically unweight and then go back and re-weight student grade reports, what is the best approach?  High schools are charged with how they can best serve students; colleges need to find a way to interpret high school grade reports when it comes to awarding scholarships and additional opportunities.   READ MORE


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Marla Platt, M.B.A. is an independent college consultant based in Sudbury, MA through AchieveCoach College Consulting, providing personalized guidance to students and families throughout the college planning, search and admissions process. Marla is a professional member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association and can be reached via www.achievecoach.com

What Happens to Students Who Back Out of Early Decision Offers

Monday, March 05, 2018

Buyer's remorse is a real phenomenon.  It's experienced when a sought-after object or goal that once beckoned brightly begins to tarnish once attained.  Such is the case when a student applies to college through a binding Early Decision (ED) plan and subsequently begins to develop second thoughts around the acceptance.

Although some colleges afford an admissions advantage to students who apply during the early round, with some schools filling close to half the freshman class through the ED pool, an early decision approach requires a clear commitment from the student and their family to attend if the student is admitted.  Students who are in a position to post applications that reflect their best or most developed high school achievements and are able to readily afford tutiton regardless of financial aid awards are candidates to consider ED.

For some, what may seem like a great idea during the fever pitch of an intense application season can turn into an "uh-oh, what did I do?" moment if the admissions decision is a "yes" and the student begins to develop second thoughts.

Such is why entering into an ED agreement is not to be taken lightly.  Reality being what it is, there are instances when a student simply has a change of heart.  More commonly, the family finds the school's financial aid package does not adequately address the family's demonstrated needBacking out of an ED acceptance is hugely frowned upon by not only the college but also the high school guidance department.  

Once a student signs off on an ED agreement, so does the high school counselor.  Pulling out of an ED acceptance can make the counselor appear negatively in the eyes of the college admissions office, thereby creating lingering consequences for current or future students applying to that college.

Other consequences may affect the student directly, depending on the spurned school. Some colleges will actually cross-check the names of the ED acceptees with schools of a similar ilk, examining if students had unethically applied to more than one ED college or did not follow other aspects of the ED policy.  In contrast, other schools simply won't care that much, determining that if a student does not want to attend that school, for whatever reason, then they should not do so. 

Ultimately, students should choose carefully and wisely and do nothing to compromise their acceptances.   READ MORE
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Marla Platt, M.B.A. is an independent college consultant based in Sudbury, MA through AchieveCoach College Consulting, providing personalized guidance to students and families throughout the college planning, search and admissions process. Marla is a professional member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association and can be reached via www.achievecoach.com

What To Do If You've Been Deferred

Monday, March 05, 2018

What To Do If You've Been Deferred

The email or letter usually goes something like this:  "Thank you for submitting your application to X University.  We have taken the time to review your impressive credentials but, due to an especially large volume of applications in our early round, we have decided to take a second review your application later in the admissions cycle..."

Take heart -- your student's application is still in the running!  As the popularity of early applications continues to rise, it is becoming more common for students to find that the "early decision" they were hoping for may just take a little more time.  When students' applications have been moved along to the Regular Decision (RD) round, they may likely receive a decision by mid to late March and no later than April of the senior year.

In the Meantime

Students should be anything but passive as they wait to hear back.  Active waiting consists of being in touch (reasonably) with the college over the coming months. Colleges may appreciate knowing that they are a top or first choice for the student.  The schools value useful updates such as:
  • increased SAT/ACT/SAT Subject Test scores
  • complete semester grades and/or most recent quarter grades, especially if they've improved
  • an update on awards; accomplishments; or even a new job
  • maybe some impressions of a recent college visit or contact that reflects the student's sincere interest in the college or underscores their sense of fit
What schools don't want is to be besieged with loads of additional recommendation letters, especially if these don't add anything new.  If there is, however, something significant or indicative of character or accomplishment, then perhaps an extra letter may be supportive if the college invites it.

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Marla Platt, M.B.A. is an independent college consultant based in Sudbury, MA through AchieveCoach College Consulting, providing personalized guidance to students and families throughout the college planning, search and admissions process. Marla is a professional member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association and can be reached via www.achievecoach.com

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