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College Admission Testing in the Era of COVID-19

“What should I do about testing?” 
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Jasmine's Take: A Look at College During COVID-19

This year, new college students face a daunting challenge: starting a new chapter of their lives during an ongoing pandemic and their college plans very different than they'd envisioned. While some colleges are holding entirely in-person classes, others have opted for a fully-remote or hybrid model in the interest of limiting exposure to COVID-19. Interested to hear what current college students ...
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Writing the Common App Activities List During a Global Pandemic

At first glance, the Activities List seems like a straightforward section of the Common Application; a simple place to list up to 10 extracurricular activities and describe your personal involvement and contributions.  In reality, it is one of the unique opportunities for an admissions committee to gain an understanding of who you really are as a person and to see beyond your GPA and test scores. ...
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Does Test-Optional Really Mean Test-Optional?

It feels like not a day goes by right now that an announcement isn't made about a college or university becoming "test-optional." Some have announced temporary plans that apply solely to the class of 2021 or even 2022, while others have decided to remove testing requirements indefinitely. However, there is one question that we keep hearing from students and parents: Does "test-optional" really ...
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Jasmine's Take: 5 Tips to Get Started on Your Common App Essay

College application season has almost started, and for many rising seniors this means that it’s about time to start on the Common Application...which includes the dreaded essay. If you’re like me, then you may have found the idea of writing a personal essay to encapsulate yourself for colleges a little stressful, to say the least. Having survived the process with minimal pain, I can safely say ...
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