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Prep for placement tests

23 Feb

As you are narrowing your college selection choices, make sure you are staying on top of English and math placement requirements.

Most colleges need to know if their entering freshmen are going to be able to handle the rigors of college-level coursework. If you have not been contacted by your colleges about your English/math placement status, do a search under “placement testing” on the various college websites. On that web page you will find the college’s minimum requirements for placement into the various levels of mathematics and English, as well as other courses.

Typically, students need to (1) get high scores on the SAT or ACT, (2) pass a transferrable English composition exam from a college, or (2) pass an Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate exam in English/Critical Reading/Writing and mathematics. If you didn’t meet the muster, you’ll need to do a placement exam.

In California those tests at public colleges are the following:

  • Accuplacer for most community colleges
  • English Placement Test (EPT) and Entry-Level Mathematics (ELM) for California State University campuses
  • Analytical Writing Placement Examination (AWPE) for the University of California campuses

Since these are typically given in April and May, you need to check into this right now, so that you are able to enroll in classes this summer.

One more thing for your college checklist!


Super-excited to share with you this fun gift book for both high school and college grads.

Releasing in April, it’s a problem solver for gift-buying for the grads on your list.

Each of the 50 Life Lessons was written by a recent college grad–something your college grad(s) truly WILL read and take to heart.

Pre-order here:

Enjoy your last months

14 Feb

I’m sure that if you’re a senior you’re thinking, I can’t wait until this is all over!

With all the pressures of testing, college applications, senior projects, scholarship paperwork and interviews — it’s just challenging to be a senior!

I totally empathize! I well remember thinking I could not WAIT until I was done with chemistry and essays and long bus rides to and from school. And then it was all over.

The rest of your senior days will fly by — and then you’ll be sobbing on graduation day, because those days are gone and you will realize that you won’t be seeing your friends much anymore.

I often see students experience a form of grieving, actually, that they didn’t let their thought process slow down some in the last months, especially — those months when you are sharing the traditional senior activities. Prom. Senior show or play. Senior banquet. Senior project presentation. Baccalaureate. Senior trip. And then . . .  commencement and grad parties.

Open your eyes. Soak in the sights and sounds of the various characters in your class. Someday, believe it or not, you’ll look back on these days with fondness and even wistfulness.

I’m not in the least encouraging you to give in to senioritis tendencies. Nope, not at all. If you do, you’ll regret not doing your best . . . and could lose scholarships and even worse, entrance into your chosen school.

Yes, the college years are wonderful! However, the demands are even greater intellectually and personally. So, for now . . . enjoy the moments!



One GREAT resource and gift idea for graduation is this cute book. It’s available for pre-sale now and a perfect gift for both high school and college grads. 

Here’s a link:

Good deal for future teachers

1 Feb

Thinking about teaching? GREAT! There will be many teaching jobs available as the baby boomer generation continues to retire in the next handful of years.

Federal TEACH Grants can provide up to $4,000. To qualify you must do the following:

  • Be enrolled in, or plan to complete, coursework to begin a teaching career.
  • Maintain a cumulative 3.25 GPA or better.
  • Sign an agreement to serve as a paid, full-time teach in a high-need field serving low-income students.
  • Agree to teach at least four academic years within eight years of completing your program of study.

One caveat: If you fail to complete your obligation, the grant converts to an unsubsidized Stafford loan that you (the student) must repay with interest.

However, for those determined to go into teaching, the TEACH Grant is a great help.

For more info, you can go to this government website:


I’m super-excited about this new book coming out with Worthy Publishing in April–a perfect one-stop-shopping idea for all the graduates on your list, both high school and college grads. It’s available now for pre-order and early delivery to you on all online bookstores, including here at this Amazon link: