The SAT Is Going Digital

January seems to be the month the College Board announces seismic shifts to its testing policies.  Last year, they removed the Subject Tests in one fell swoop.  This year, they announced plans to replace the paper-and-pencil test with a shorter digital version. Changes will affect students graduating...

Jan 2022

Common App: Supplement Strategies

A few days ago, colleges released their supplements through the Common Application. While the personal statement looms large over the application process, supplemental essays are just as—if not more—important. Here’s what you need to know. 

Add schools to your “My Colleges” section. It’s important to...

Phoebe Keyes, Director of Admission Aug 2021

Beyond the headlines: Was college admission this year really that different?

The strangest admission cycle in history is over, and according to headlines, everything changed: applications were up, acceptance rates were down, test optional policies are here to stay, and underrepresented students were admitted in record numbers.

The truth, obviously, is a little more complicated, so...

Phoebe Keyes, Director of Admission Jul 2021

Changes to the Common Application: The New Essay Prompt

The Common Application recently released its personal statement prompts for the 2021-2022 application cycle. Not much has changed: the most popular prompts remain the same—and you still have the option to pick your own topic—but we were pleased...

Phoebe Keyes, Senior College Admission Advisor Mar 2021

Are AP Exams the New Subject Tests?

When the College Board announced last month they would no longer offer Subject Tests, their press release included language encouraging students to submit AP Exams to colleges instead. This struck a nerve—with families, colleges, and college advisors alike. Historically, most colleges paid little—if any—attention to AP scores. (AP...

Phoebe Keyes, Senior College Admission Advisor Feb 2021

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