Nobody can–or should–be defined by a number. Nonetheless, numbers matter quite a bit in the college admissions process. But should they? If the numbers up for discussion are high school grades, just about everyone agrees on the importance of evaluating past academic performance as a predictor of future academic success. Despite dramatic variance in grading
No one who lived through the 80s could forget Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, Robin Leach’s encomium to American opulence. But wealth, at its best, offers much more than lavish mansions and gold-plated yachts. Once life’s necessities have been taken care of, parents and children alike are free to dream, to plan, and then
How do you get to Carnegie Hall? You probably know what the old joke says: Practice, practice, practice. Really, practice is the only way to get to most destinations worth aspiring to. And not just any practice will do. Only perfect practice makes perfect, so if you want to improve, embrace the right kind of
As winter ends and another wave of state tests begins, spring fever once again gives way to opt-out fever. Why do so many otherwise academically-motivated parents consider–and actually allow–having their children sit out the state tests that have become tied to Common Core Standards? Simply put, the initial presentation of these exams lacked that special
Following the philosophy of “if you can’t beat them, join them,” ACT has once again restyled its 10th grade assessment test. While this exam was called the PLAN or more recently the ACT Aspire, students and parents alike often referred to it as the “pre-ACT.” Choosing the path of least resistance, ACT recently announced that
Meet Martha, a motivated, overachieving high school student. Martha lives by the credo, “If it’s not perfect, it’s not done.” In college-level vocabulary terms, she is assiduous, diligent, and exacting. In short, Martha is a perfectionist. Her indefatigable commitment shows in her outstanding grades, yet she struggles time and time again on standardized tests. Why?