How to Get Into College Without Being Indicted

This is the unedited version of an opinion piece that was published in Newsday last week. I am a private college advisor, and  have a slightly different take on the recent college admissions scandal.   I’m disgusted by the lack of fairness described by the indictment, and on behalf of the hard working kids who…

How to Avoid the “Trump SAT Problem”

I admit that, sometimes I have to wrack my brain to come up with entertaining and informative subject matter for my emails, posts and other marketing activity. Today is not one of those times. I caught only about 20 minutes of recently disbarred attorney cum “fixer” (a broken fixer?) Michael Cohen’s congressional testimony, but I have to…

ACT and SAT Questions Answered Tonight

Which test is best for my kid and her colleges, ACT or SAT? Which test is easier to improve on? How many times should my child take it? Are some test dates easier than others? Do you have to report all scores to your colleges? What if your kid is a bad test taker? Are companies…

Free Diagnostic ACT/SAT This Saturday

Yesterday I spoke to a mom about registration for our ACT and SAT Prep tutoring and classes that start right after New Year’s.  She asked me a common question: “Should my son take both?” The answer: “No.”  Sorta. Many 11th (and some 10th) graders waste too much time preparing for both the ACT and SAT,…

Why 95% of Families Fail at College Planning

Lotta Class of 2019 Seniors on edge this week, waiting (by checking 28x per day) for Early Decision notices to come out. It’s a big deal to find out where you’e headed to college. I certainly don’t begrudge anyone for setting a goal and going after it, you-know-whats-to-the-wall. I was one of those kids too, back…