More College Planning Updates…

In our last blog post we talked about the redesigned SAT which is on the way. Well for those 10th graders who are anxious and ready to start preparing, you can now check out a full practice PSAT! The College Board recently released the test and answer explanations that you can access at www.collegeboard.org/psatpractice. Although redesigned, the PSAT will continue to be the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test so rising juniors should invest some study time. Strong performance on this test can result in multiple scholarship opportunities so take advantage of this FREE resource and get started today!

Rising seniors have another important announcement to follow. The Common Application has released its revised essay prompts for the 2015-2016 application season. There are a total of 5 essays students can choose from to submit to the colleges of their choice. The Common Application is accepted at over 500 colleges and universities and has become a widely accepted admissions tool for students wishing to maximize their time. Summer is an awesome time to start drafting responses to some of these questions as current 11 graders prepare for the fall application season. This is also great practice for scholarship essays which will often times have similar writing prompts. Many students will avoid scholarship applications that require an essay(s); but taking the time to get a few prepared before the hustle and bustle of the ordinary demands of the school year can reduce the stress related with trying to multitask.

Now that you have an idea of some of the changes heading your way in the college admissions world take some time and come up with a strategy that works best for you. Just as important though is making sure you finish this semester on a solid note.

Don’t forget Academic Advantage Tutoring has College Planning services available to assist students prepare and stay on top of the busy and always changing college admissions world. Call today to find out how we can help!

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Test Taking Tips For The PSAT

Test Taking Tips for the PSAT:

1. Learn the directions for each type of test question. Don’t waste valuable time on test day reading directions.

2. All questions are worth equal points. Answer the easy questions first. Questions tend to increase in difficulty.

3. Don’t waste time on any one question.

4. Check frequently to make sure you are answering questions for the correct number.

5. If you can eliminate three answers, make an educated guess between the remaining two answers. Good Luck to all October 2011 test takers.

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