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The worst thing that a rising senior can do this summer is nothing at all.

With junior year behind you and no other academic obligations on the calendar, the summer is the optimal time to work on college applications. Create and begin filling out the Common Application, prepare for an additional SAT or ACT exam, visit colleges, complete your college essay, are all examples of checklist items that all college bound rising seniors should be working on this summer. For a more exhaustive college timeline for 9th – 12th graders, click here.

College Admissions in the News

A couple of days ago, the ACT and the College Board today released new concordance tables that allow users to compare scores from the new SAT® test (redesigned in 2016) and the ACT® test.

The 2018 ACT/SAT concordance tables, derived from a joint comprehensive research study conducted by the two organizations over the past nine months, are based on scores of nearly 600,000 graduating seniors in the class of 2017 who took both tests. See table here.

What Worries You Most About the College Admissions Process? Unvarnished Tales of Getting Into College in the U.S.

The good, the bad and the ugly of college admissions in the United State: With the admissions process in the rearview mirror, college-bound high school seniors tell all. Read more.

650 Prompts for Narrative and Personal Writing

Here is a list that touches on everything from sports to travel, education, gender roles, video games, fashion, family, pop culture, social media and more. Click here.

Should Your Teenager Work This Summer?

Does Saving For College Mean You Will Get Less Financial Aid?

True or false? The richer you are, the less you’ll receive in financial aid. This statement is generally true. But if you know the rules of the game, saving for your child’s education won’t significantly reduce their financial aid award. Read more.

By going test-optional, the University of Chicago just caused a disturbance in the elite college market.

An ultra-selective university just dropped the ACT/SAT. So What? Read more.

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