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More Reading in SAT Math

March 5th, 2019

Recently, while working with some math teachers, I recommended that they include word problems–lengthy word problems–like those found on the SAT on their quizzes and tests. To which, they replied, “Why? We don’t teach just SAT-Math.” Of course, SAT-Math isn’t some esoteric branch of mathematics. It’s algebra – a lot of algebra. But, a plethora … Continue reading “More Reading in SAT Math”

SAT vs ACT Pros and Cons

November 7th, 2018

If you know A-List’s Director of Staff & Curriculum Development John Oh at all, you know he loves a good sports analogy. The Old Switcheroo Well, this switch is not that old since the SAT changed in 2015. Lately, a few of my students have defected from the ACT to the SAT. Depending on one’s point … Continue reading “SAT vs ACT Pros and Cons”

College Admissions Tasks to Start Over the Summer

August 6th, 2018

We hope you’ve been enjoying your summer! For those seniors who haven’t gotten started on college applications and essays–NOW is the time to start working with an advisor (before schedules fill up!). Simple ways to start your college applications over the summer: Draft and revise your personal statement. Get a head-start on supplemental essays. Research colleges and create a … Continue reading “College Admissions Tasks to Start Over the Summer”

2018 ACT-SAT Concordance Charts: Better Understand Your Scores

June 19th, 2018

The ACT and College Board have released a new set of ACT-SAT Concordance charts to directly compare ACT and SAT scores. If you have a score in one test, you can use these charts to determine what a similar score on the other test would be. So, for example, if you got 1100 on the … Continue reading “2018 ACT-SAT Concordance Charts: Better Understand Your Scores”

Diversity Fly-In Programs at US Universities

May 17th, 2018

Many colleges and universities across the country have created free fly-in programming for underrepresented and diverse prospective students. These programs range in length and focus, but all of them give students free airfare and lodging, so they can actually visit schools on their list when it seems financially untenable. Fly-ins also focus on prospective students … Continue reading “Diversity Fly-In Programs at US Universities”

So…What’s the Deal with SAT Subject Tests (SAT IIs)?

April 9th, 2018

A-List’s Director of Client Services and Senior Tutor Sherwyn Fullington introduces SAT II subject tests. Watch below to learn more. 

Resume Tips for Recent College Graduates

April 6th, 2018

The time is almost here. You can’t hide from it. You can’t avoid it. It’s happening: you are graduating in May. Now before I go any further take a breath. You’re going to be okay. Most of us have been through it and have survived. It will be a huge change and feel crazy and … Continue reading “Resume Tips for Recent College Graduates”

Advice for Getting Off the Waitlist from a College Advisor

April 3rd, 2018

Waitlisted? We’ve got recommendations for you! We know that being waitlisted at your top choice school was not your ideal outcome, but it’s not a hopeless situation. If you’ve found out that you were waitlisted, there’s still a chance that you could have a spot at your dream school. Most universities cannot currently predict how many … Continue reading “Advice for Getting Off the Waitlist from a College Advisor”

Early Decision Admissions- the New Normal?

April 2nd, 2018

The Wall Street Journal recently ran an article on early decision admissions being the “new normal” for top universities. They cite that last year Harvard admitted 14.5% of early-action applicants versus 3.3% from the regular admissions pool. Every year, A-List College Advisors meet with families to discuss the pros and cons of early admissions. While there’s a definite … Continue reading “Early Decision Admissions- the New Normal?”

Advice from an ACT/SAT Guru: Going the Distance

April 4th, 2018

For her book “Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance,” Angela Duckworth probes the best of the best in business, industry, athletics, arts, and the military. And, these best of the best are-obviously-gritty people. She defines grit as “the tendency to sustain interest in and effort toward long-term goals.” Her definition reminds me of two … Continue reading “Advice from an ACT/SAT Guru: Going the Distance”