Common Application Essay Prompts for Class of 2022

Hot off the presses… The essay prompts for the 2021-22 Common Application (for the Class of 2022) are as follows, as announced on the Common Application blog: Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then…

Frustrating College Negotiation

Although I humbly think of myself as a college negotiation master of the universe, occasionally the opposite conclusion gets shoved in my pie hole, like a warning to not believe my own press. Last year, one of my favorite clients got into Cornell (off the wait list) and Johns Hopkins, which was awesome because she deserved…

The Truth Behind the College Board’s Announcement

Test Prep Classes | Financial Aid Changes In case you missed it in the middle of all the inaugural hoopla, last week the College Board folks magnanimously canceled the writing section on the SAT, and did away with SAT subject tests. Did they do so out of the goodness of their hearts?  More importantly, what does…

Pencils Down! SAT kills off subject tests, writing section

In a long overdue move, the College Board announced today that it has killed off subject tests and the writing section.  I’m actually surprised it took this long. Tomorrow at 12pm EST, I’ll be joined live by Lockwood Test Prep head tutor Marissa Uneberg as we try to make sense of it all and what…

The October Surprise

This may seem like a Captain Obvious point but I’m going say it here and now, because it needs to be said. I’ve gotten four-five questions from high school seniors about their current (12 grade) grades, as in whether they “count,” is it OK to take it easy, can I drop an AP, etc. The…