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October, 2018

A few years ago, when I first got the idea to write a book, I got excited and wrote the book proposal and a chapter and then put it aside. Each day I thought I would come back to it, but instead I procrastinated and told myself I would work on it the following week. Of course I didn't! But then I signed a contract with a publisher and had no choice but to get down to business. I set aside an hour each morning and wrote without interruption. Knowing I could stop after an hour somehow made the process less imposing. Before I knew it I had finished the manuscript.


 

Applying to college is the same; delving into the Common and Coalition Applications, supplemental essays, requesting letters of recommendation, transcripts and sending test scores, can seem daunting.  And it is. But there is only one way around it - just get started:

  • Dedicate a focused 30-45 minutes per day on college related stuff, e.g. essays, filling out applications, requesting transcripts, sending test scores, writing supplements, etc. 
  • Set an achievable goal each day and check it off your list.
  • Turn off Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, SnapChat, Instagram, texting, etc. during that time. 

Then take a step back and admire what you've accomplished!

 

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Standardized Testing


  • Is it better to take the SAT or the ACT?
  • Do I have to report all of my scores?
  • Will I be penalized for taking the ACT or SAT multiple times?
  • Do schools superscore the ACT?
  • Do schools consider non-required test results, such as SAT Subject Tests and AP Exams? 
  • What if I change my mind about which SAT subject tests to take after I register?

 

 
Sending your Official Test Scores
In most cases, you must send official test scores to colleges before your application is considered complete. While most schools allow leeway for the scores arriving after your application has been submitted, but some, such as The University of Michigan require that everything be in the office by the deadline. Therefore, we recommend sending test scores at least
4 week prior to the deadline.

Below are videos showing how to do it.
As always, if you have any questions feel free to ask.

Self-Reporting Test Scores
There has been a recent movement where some colleges are allowing students to self-report test scores during the application process and only require sending official score reports when the student enrolls.

Please check college specific policies detailed in a blog post from Compass Education Group  Colleges that Allow Self-Reporting .  

Financial Aid for ED/EA Applicants
Requirements vary, and it is very important that you check and follow the policy set by each individual school. Some colleges require that you file the FAFSA and CSS/PROFILE as early as the application deadline. 
 
If you cannot find the information on the school website (Admissions page, Tuition and Fees, or Financial Aid page), call the Financial Aid office directly.

Seniors:  You are doing a great job, just keep up the momentum until applications are submitted.

 

Juniors:  We would like to meet after first marking period grades and PSAT scores are back to do a needs assessment and work on your preliminary lists.

 

Sophomores and Freshmen: Keep up your grades and decide which activities you want to delve deeper in.

 

 

 

Sincerely,

Lisa, Beth, Abby and Gurindur
College Bound Mentor, LLC 
Lisa@collegeboundmentor.com 
908-789-8566   
www.collegeboundmentor.com 

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