What College Admissions Officers Look For: Part 3

This month, we’ve been talking about the top three factors that college admissions officers consider when making admissions decisions. So far, we’ve covered the first two: grades and course rigor. Today, we tackle the third most important factor: SAT and ACT scores. Why are SAT and ACT scores important? With so many headlines about colleges that have dropped test…

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Posted October 19th, 2017

What SAT and ACT Scores Do I Need?

According to surveys by the National Association of College Admission Counselors, admissions officers routinely cite SAT and ACT scores as one of the most important factors in admission decisions, so it’s no wonder that students stress about the SAT and ACT. Students everywhere worry about what SAT or ACT scores they need to get into their dream colleges.   SAT …

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Posted August 28th, 2017

Understanding Your SAT Score Report: Free Resources

  Once you've taken the SAT, you get to play the waiting game for a couple of weeks until you get your score. Once you get your SAT score, can you tell how well you did on the test and figure out where you need to improve?  We can, and we're going to show you how. We have a couple of resources that are available for free: A recorded webinar called "Under…

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Posted July 7th, 2017

Top 10 SAT and ACT Prep Tips

  Since SAT and ACT scores are among the most important factors in college admissions, it can be hard to deal with the anxiety that often comes with these tests. Follow these test prep tips to boost your scores and lower your stress levels.   Start with a Practice Test Any test prep plan should start with a practice SAT or practice ACT. Before you c…

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Posted March 28th, 2017

Why the PSAT Matters to You

It's just the PSAT, right? As in "pre-SAT"? As in "just practice"? Wrong. The PSAT has always been more than "just a practice" test because it also acts as the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT), meaning that eligible students who take the PSAT are automatically entered to compete for the prestigious National Merit Scholarship. This alone has long made the…

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Posted October 20th, 2015

6 Ways to Boost College Applications Over Summer

Summer break is just around the corner -- do you have plans yet? Some students look forward to months of fun in the sun, and there's certainly nothing wrong with a little relaxation. But for students who want to improve their chances of getting into a dream college, summer is also a chance to bolster resumes and college applications. Although a lot of selective summe…

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Posted June 13th, 2015

INFOGRAPHIC: Old SAT vs. New SAT

Are you confused about the difference between the old and new SAT? Let our infographic help explain: [caption id="attachment_11923" align="alignleft" width="735"] These are just a few of the many differences between the old and new SAT. To learn more about the new, harder SAT and how C2 can help your student master it, visit the company's website at www.c2educate.com.[/ca…

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Posted January 9th, 2015

New SAT: Early Prep No Longer Optional

Students have long been advised to prepare for the SAT well in advance – after all, procrastination is rarely a good idea. But because the current SAT is a very formulaic test, there are some tricks that students can use to get moderate score improvements in a fairly short period of time. On the new SAT, these tricks will no longer suffice. Students hoping to score we…

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Posted November 11th, 2014

The Common Core: Will It Affect You?

Last month, we hosted a webinar called "What the New SAT Means for You" (watch it on demand here), during which we discussed the link between the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the new SAT (learn more about the new SAT here). During the Q&A period of the event, we discovered a common question: Will the Common Core affect students in states that don't use the C…

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Posted August 5th, 2014

What the New SAT Means for Middle School Students

In March, the College Board announced massive changes to the SAT, a test that millions of college-bound students take each year. Most current high school students will still take the current version of the SAT, with 9th graders having the option of taking either test depending on when they time their testing dates. But today's middle school students will face an entire…

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Posted June 7th, 2014