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Overcoming Asperger’s

Posted on Jun 20, 2017 10:00:00 AM

With three decades of educational guidance, Score At The Top has had thousands of success stories. Each month we choose one story to share in hopes that it will inspire others. 

Topics: Special Needs, Tutoring

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Topics: Special Needs, Tutoring

A Middle School Decision that Casts a Long Shadow

Posted on Jun 15, 2017 10:00:00 AM

We coddle our toddlers, dreaming big dreams for their future: health, academic excellence, outstanding athletics, sharpness, endowed with common sense, and so on and so forth. Reality usually delivers a different picture, one we customarily learn to live with. Fast forward to middle school, and to more specific dreams that both student and parent may share about the future – dreams that require foresight and advocacy. 

Topics: College Admission, Common Application, College Application, College Planning

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Topics: College Admission, Common Application, College Application, College Planning

Spinning Gold

Posted on Jun 13, 2017 10:00:00 AM

With three decades of educational guidance, Score At The Top has thousands of success stories. Each month we choose one story to share with the hope that it will inspire others.

Topics: College Admission, College Counseling, College Planning

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Topics: College Admission, College Counseling, College Planning

Want to be Sure Summer is the Right Time to Start Test Prep?

Posted on May 30, 2017 2:30:00 PM

The backdrop for summer vacation life is, for most students, missing one overwhelming element: school. Lots has been written and spoken about the pro’s and con’s of boxing away academic discipline in favor of “the beach” (an all-encompassing metaphor for the two and half straight months enjoyed outside any classroom).

Topics: ACT/SAT, Test Prep, Summer School, College Planning

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Topics: ACT/SAT, Test Prep, Summer School, College Planning

SAT and ACT: What We Recommend for Sophomores

Posted on May 11, 2017 3:20:00 PM

The question: “When should I start taking the SAT and ACT?” The anwer: “Early.” If you’re a sophomore who has completed Algebra 2, then the June ACT and August SAT are good targets dates.

How often should you take the test? Probably no more than three times.

While sophomores could consider the June SAT date, still available for late registrants, let’s backtrack: we have two good reasons for suggesting a delay in taking the June test.

Topics: College Admission, ACT/SAT, Test Prep, sophomores

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Topics: College Admission, ACT/SAT, Test Prep, sophomores

Even Brighter Futures for Florida High School Scholars

Posted on May 5, 2017 9:00:00 AM

In an attempt to reward some of the top Florida high school students and to help retain those students for college, the Florida State Senate recently passed the "Excellence in Higher Education Act". The bill is currently working its way through the Florida State House of Representatives. If passed, it would substantially increase "Bright Futures Scholarship" awards to Florida college students. 

Topics: ACT/SAT, Test Prep

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Topics: ACT/SAT, Test Prep

More Changes to the Common Application for 2017-18

Posted on Apr 28, 2017 12:42:37 PM

The Common Application recently announced changes to its application, which is now accepted by about 700 colleges and universities.

Topics: Essays, Common Application, College Application

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Topics: Essays, Common Application, College Application

It’s a totally new SAT test date! So, should you take the August 26th Summer SAT?

Posted on Apr 26, 2017 9:30:00 AM

With the January SAT test date a thing of the past, the College Board is now offering a new “summer” SAT.

Most everyone we know in college admissions thinks it’s a good idea, given the college application schedule that students must set for themselves as they approach the senior year.

An August date gives rising seniors the opportunity to take the SAT at least one more time – way before even the early decision/early action deadlines. Before this year, juniors often chose to either test twice in the spring or wait until October or November of senior year to retest. You can still do that, but the August test is opening eyes to a really favorable new option.

Topics: Common Application

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Topics: Common Application

Musical Chairs and Admissions at Highly Selective Colleges

Posted on Apr 18, 2017 3:15:00 PM

With each new round in musical chairs, one chair disappears, leaving one too few for the remaining contestants, one of whom will be eliminated. The “admissions game” at highly selective colleges shares some characteristics with musical chairs: At the beginning of each new round – in this case, each new application season – two chairs might be added, but so are 20 new contestants. That means a lot more somebodies will end up with no place to sit in the lecture halls, no place to sleep in the residence halls – no chance for admission.

Topics: College Admission, Common Application, Ivy League, ACT/SAT

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Topics: College Admission, Common Application, Ivy League, ACT/SAT

What Works Well – and What Doesn’t – for Improving Learning and Test Scores

Posted on Apr 12, 2017 2:00:00 PM

In a January 2013 report titled Improving Students' Learning With Effective Learning Techniques: Promising Directions From Cognitive and Educational Psychology>1, researchers, after examining 10 learning techniques, presented their findings about which were more effective…

Topics: ACT, SAT Test, Test Scores

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Topics: ACT, SAT Test, Test Scores

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