Archive | August, 2015

Worried about rejection?

31 Aug


Seniors, it’s WAY too early to fret about rejection.

Just for a little humorous spin . . . colleges are rejected, too. Here’s a list of colleges that are most often rejected:

Don’t worry about rejection before you’ve even applied — but keep your list of colleges sensible: at least two stretch schools, two that are realistic, and two that are safe schools (ones you should easily get into). Remember that stressing and worrying are counterproductive. Do something positive instead.



The College Board is your friend

24 Aug

The College Board offers excellent resources for students. You are most likely aware that the College Board administers the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test). However, you might not know of several other helpful ways CB can help you.

1. bigfuture

The general website is From there go to the College Planning link to find some great resources through “bigfuture.” This feature of the website provides the following:

  • College Search: information on colleges you already know about
  • College matches: your connection to colleges you might not know about, based on information you provide
  • Helpful advice about choosing a major
  • Make a Plan: another online feature that helps you set out a plan through the My Organizer

2. The Official SAT Question of the Day and The Official SAT Practice Test

Get questions emailed to you on a daily basis. Take real SAT practice tests online. Our tiny school’s recent National Merit Scholar said she attributed her success to doing the SAT Question of the Day on a daily basis. Good scores equal GREAT scholarship money by doing well on the SAT. Go to to see the various ways you can practice for this test, so you are well prepared.

3. SAT Skills Insight

This will help you increase your skills in challenging areas.

4. My SAT Online Score Report

Learn what your strengths and weaknesses are, so you can better prepare for the test.

5. My College QuickStart

If you have taken the PSAT, My College QuickStart is an invaluable tool to help you prepare for the SAT and create a personalized study plan. Again, the website is

Just a few reminders about the SAT and the ACT:

  • Freshmen, sophomores and juniors interested in going to a four-year university should take the PSAT on October 14. See your high school counselor to sign up for this test.
  • Seniors will need to have the SAT and/or ACT taken by the December test dates. Register online:
  • Juniors should take the test(s) by May or June of next year (the SAT will be redesigned then–read more about this on the College Board site), and then again probably the fall of their senior year.
  • Test scores are sent free to a half dozen colleges free if you indicate those colleges when you sign up. Otherwise, it costs more money later.
  • Fee waivers for these tests are available from your school counselor (saving you $54.50 for the SAT, ) if you qualify for free or reduced lunch or if you are receiving another form of government assistance.