Category Archives: For Juniors

Test-Optional Schools

Test-Optional Schools In recent years, many more colleges have become “test-optional” or “test-flexible.”  The question of whether the SAT’s fairly measure a student’s ability to succeed in college has been debated for decades.  Some see the exams as biased and unable to accurately portray a student’s intelligence or potential.   Some test-optional schools do not … Continue reading Test-Optional Schools

Why It Is Important for Juniors To Take the PSAT in October

Many students and parents do not realize the importance of the PSAT/NMSQT and might therefore push-off test prep until later in the academic year.  However taking the PSAT and doing well has significant benefits for certain students: Scholarship Opportunities The National Merit Scholarship Program is open to all PSAT-takers National Achievement Scholarship Program for Black … Continue reading Why It Is Important for Juniors To Take the PSAT in October

Playing College Sports: Seven Questions To Ask

Many high school athletes dream of playing college sports. Some are genuine scholarship material. Some view their sport as something that enriches their lives and will “walk on” or play at the club or intramural level. Either way, athletic dedication and achievement can make a difference in the admission process. But…. Athletes and parents should … Continue reading Playing College Sports: Seven Questions To Ask

It’s Finally Here! Test Tips to Survive the Big Day

You have prepared and studied for months and now the time has come to actually take the SAT/ACT test.  Here are some last-minute test tips to get you across the finish line.  The Night Before Take A Break – That’s right. No studying. Call your parents in to read this right now if they are having a … Continue reading It’s Finally Here! Test Tips to Survive the Big Day

Essay Optional: Should I Register for this part of the SAT?

At CPC we recommend students sign up for the Essay Optional portion of the SAT test. Students have nothing to lose except 50 minutes of test time. The Essay Optional score is completely separate from the Reading/Writing score. What do they have to gain? Some colleges require the Essay Optional portion, while many colleges are … Continue reading Essay Optional: Should I Register for this part of the SAT?

How Early Should Your Student Start The College Planning Process?

How early is too early to start the college planning process? Late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s was a father of 9 and a humorous man.  He had a statement that is one of my favorites: “In a big family, the first child is kind of like the first pancake.  If it’s not perfect, that’s … Continue reading How Early Should Your Student Start The College Planning Process?

Why SAT Scores May Go Down the Second Time Around

SAT scores went down???? It is one of the most frustrating experiences for your student after a second nerve-racking round of test taking, your student’s SAT scores went down.  Surprising to students and parents, SAT scores do not always increase the second time around – even with test prep and investments in resources. According to … Continue reading Why SAT Scores May Go Down the Second Time Around

How Does CPC Motivate Your Student to Perform on the SAT or ACT?

Motivation is the key first step in SAT Prep Any good Test Prep program requires intensive, consistent work. We believe ACT/SAT lessons delivered before the student is internally motivated are next to useless. Motivating the student – At CPC, our initial sessions are designed to show the student why they should want to study for the test.  We take the time … Continue reading How Does CPC Motivate Your Student to Perform on the SAT or ACT?

Students that Benefit from Test Optional and Test Flexible Admissions

A growing number of colleges and universities realize the limitations of standardized tests and are offering test-optional or test-flexible admissions. Test optional means that the student chooses whether or not to send their SAT or ACT scores to the admission office. Some schools may require additional information, i.e. additional letters of recommendation, additional essay etc. … Continue reading Students that Benefit from Test Optional and Test Flexible Admissions

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