Tag Archives: college prep

It’s the longest summer on record. The summer before college. You’d like nothing more than to just get there already, but freshman year won’t begin until late August. So, to keep you excited about your upcoming college life—congratulations, by the way!—we’ve put together a list of four things you can do to prepare for college […]


Like George Washington and the mythical cherry tree, SAT Subject Tests™ can grow larger than life if you aren’t familiar with what they are or how they work. What are they? These admission exams in different subjects highlight the areas in which you excel. They test high-school-level knowledge via multiple-choice questions. How do they work? […]


College interviews can be as important to college acceptance as a job interview is to landing a coveted position in the professional world. If a college offers an interview opportunity (either on-campus or with a local alumnus), you should definitely take advantage of it. Don’t be intimidated! It’s a positive sign of the college’s interest. […]


Test anxiety doesn’t have to be all bad. Despite butterflies in the stomach, clammy palms, and lightheadedness that the morning of a test can cause, a healthy amount of test anxiety can actually be motivating. People who have experienced test anxiety will go a long way to avoid that feeling again—including making time to get […]


PSAT scores have been released just in time to add some confusion to chaotic midterms and holidays. Getting your test scores back can be exciting or excruciating. Knowing how to interpret what your test scores are telling you is an important part of improving. Fortunately, understanding your PSAT scores isn’t too hard. Just take it […]


Usually just the sound of the word “midterms” is enough to make high school students panic. Having a test in every subject within the same week can be excruciating. But it doesn’t have to be. Good study skills—plus mindful test-day preparation—will help high schoolers calm down and perform well on their midterms. Even better, these […]


If you’re in 11th grade, you have a lot going on. That’s just a fact. And we totally get it. Not only are you probably ramping up your coursework including AP® classes, but you’re also more involved in your extracurricular activities, maybe have a part-time job, and are responsible for other commitments among your family […]


May 1st marks college decision day, the national deadline for many colleges, on which high school seniors must make their final college choice. Choosing which college to attend is likely the most significant life decision most seniors have had to make. While this is an exciting time worthy of celebrating it can also be confusing, […]


What qualifies as good performance on college admissions tests is changing. More teens than ever are applying to college, and that means more students are taking college admissions tests. Increased competition leads many students to look for ways to reach their full potential on these critical tests. Luckily, your young scholar has many excellent test-preparation […]


by Ashley McCarrick

You can choose how to spend your summer – endlessly playing video games or wasting time on social media, never making progress toward your future goals – OR – you can choose to include a few meaningful activities that have a chance to impact your life and future. Even if you choose the latter, you […]


by Ashley McCarrick

You are not alone. I see it in my office each and every year as deadlines approach like roaring freight trains. The stress is palpable and seems to emanate from every pore of your high-school being. The faces may be different but the stories are always the same. You are terrified of failing and afraid […]


by Ashley McCarrick

If you’ve never created a resume before, it can be intimidating at first. The best resumes are the ones that most accurately reflect your interests, talents, and personality. You want to show the college your involvement in activities that mean something to you, not just list everything you have ever done in high school. Step […]