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Yes, there is such a thing as a dumb question

Yes, there is such a thing as a dumb question

By Will Most, Lyons Township HS, LaGrange, Ill.

December 5, 2014

No crowd is more vexatious than those on college tours. It’s an endless barrage of dumb questions, dealt out by both prospective students and their helicopter parents.

College-crazed juniors up the competition: For the Class of 2016, A- becomes the new F

College-crazed juniors up the competition: For the Class of 2016, A- becomes the new F

By Maxwell Shukuya, Sacramento Country Day School, Sacramento, Calif.

November 12, 2014

At junior Zoë Bowlus's September birthday party, a group of her close friends surround an outdoor table on a cool summer night. But her friends aren't discussing Taylor Swift's new hit or the latest episode of "American Horror Story." Instead their conversation is a parent's dream. It's almost too...

Know the score: Seniors reflect on cost of SAT preparation

Know the score: Seniors reflect on cost of SAT preparation

By Mimi Evans, Dougherty Valley HS, San Ramon, Calif.

October 13, 2014

Note: Student names have been changed. Oliver, a current senior, was singled out. His free diagnostic test indicated that he would already score over a 2100 on the SAT, and so he was placed in Elite’s SAT 2100 Plus Program. Unlike the Elite Boot Camp, in which students attend class four or fi...

‘The Perfect Score Project’ proves to be a must-have guide to the SAT

‘The Perfect Score Project’ proves to be a must-have guide to the SAT

By Shreya Mathur, Dublin HS, Dublin, Calif.

October 13, 2014

Wanting to fuel her son’s motivation to succeed, she plunges into the world of test prep -- 12 months, 7 SATs, and a goal to earn a perfect score while uncovering its secret path.

Don’t fret about the SATs

Don’t fret about the SATs

By Nina Henry, Pascack Valley HS, Hillsdale, N.J.

October 10, 2014

Every admissions officer I’ve ever talked to has said that there’s no hard and fast cut-off for admissible SAT scores, and some colleges don’t even look at SAT scores.

Stop making small talk about college

Stop making small talk about college

By Shane McKeon, Shaker Heights HS, Shaker Heights, Ohio

March 13, 2014

Thanks to his last name, Ezra Zigmond has always been at the bottom of the class list. But in every other respect, he’s always been at the top. To my knowledge, he is the only member of our senior class to be admitted to Harvard University. Harvard, whose admission rate lingers just below six percent;...

College Possible expands options for low-income students

College Possible expands options for low-income students

By Emma Johanningsmeier, Westside High School, Omaha, Neb.

February 13, 2014

For students in the best of circumstances, with the most informed parents, applying to college is incredibly complicated and time-consuming. Signing up for and taking the ACT or SAT, researching college options, figuring out how to submit applications, writing personal essays, gathering letters...

Go north for an education? More Americans are choosing Canada

Go north for an education? More Americans are choosing Canada

By Beth Barnhart, Linganore HS, Frederick, Md.

January 23, 2014

Canada: a country known for maple syrup, moose, Mounties, and ... college? According to Statistics Canada, the number of high school graduates that head up north for college is increasing by 8 percent annually. American students who attend Canadian universities often go for the multicultural society,...