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Should I take both the SAT and ACT?

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We normally start our students off with a diagnostic test, so we can assess the student’s strengths and weaknesses and recommend one test over the other.  About half of the students show a propensity for one test over the other, while the other half does equally well on both the SAT and ACT.  For the majority of students, it’s best to choose a single  test, focus all of their energy into that test, and stick with that test.  


There are several benefits to focusing on a single test.  It is better to focus on a single test and become an absolute expert in it. Mastering one test alone is far easier than splitting your attention between two different exams, with different pacing, different question types, and even different topics!  It is also a lot less stressful to study for a single test.


While it can be very rewarding, studying for the SAT or ACT is intensive, exhausting, and time consuming.  Adding a second test into...

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What happens when you can't qualify for student loans or parent loans?

Uncategorized Jun 14, 2022
College advisors Pearl and Andy Lockwood chat about the Parent (PLUS) loan, how to qualify, what happens if you're unable to be approved, more.  
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Summer SAT and ACT Preparation

I get a lot of questions from parents about using the summer to prepare for the SAT or ACT, because they want to take advantage of a calmer period of time, when students aren’t inundated with the demands of schoolwork and extracurriculars.  


Rising Juniors 

Since both tests include Algebra 2 questions, students who have already completed Algebra 2 will really benefit from summer preparation (and taking the exam in early fall/late summer).  For students who will be starting Algebra 2 in their junior year, using the summer to get a head start on test prep might be a good idea; however, it’s important that these students to take the test after they’ve completed a chunk of Algebra 2, so they should plan to do some prep during the school year and take the SAT or ACT in December or the early spring.


Rising Seniors

For seniors, it’s really important to use the summer to review/prepare for the exam.  I’ve seen many seniors...

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College admissions and financial aid trends and predictions

Uncategorized May 29, 2022
In this episode, originally broadcasted on our Facebook page (, Mondays at 10:00am), Pearl and Andy wrap up the key takeaways from their industry conference in dirty, disgusting downtown Philadelphia last week.  Topics included:
*Timing of FAFSA and other financial aid changes on the horizon
*Discussions with parents about debt
*Admissions rates
*Test-optional:  here to stay?
*2 minutes of uncontrollable giggling by Andy over a not-so-private joke with Harry the Intern
**Class of 2023 families:  lock in low tuition and pick up your *VALUABLE* new, Early Action Bonus for our summer Get College Ready Bootcamp, see for details!
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Here’s What You Should Be Doing Now

Uncategorized May 10, 2022

Each month we tell clients "Here's What You Should Be Doing Now," so that they never have to wonder about deadlines for applications, financial aid, when to visit colleges, more. I hope you take the advice to heart! -Andy Lockwood Links mentioned in this episode:

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RIP Safety Schools?

Uncategorized Apr 13, 2022
College consultant Andy Lockwood shares admissions results from the Class of 2022 and what they mean for the Class of 2023
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When a college advisor visits her own kid

Uncategorized Apr 11, 2022
College advisors Pearl and Andy Lockwood talk about Pearl's visit to Ann Arbor to see their kid.  Andy gets all snarky and sarcastic about some of the people who go to UMICH

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Admissions Results

Uncategorized Apr 07, 2022
College consultants Pearl and Andy Lockwood discuss this year's results for the Class of 2022 so far, and what they mean for families with Class of 2023 or younger kiddos headed to college!
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Sat changes, upcoming ACT and new last minute “cram” courses

Uncategorized Mar 17, 2022
Today college advisors Pearl and Andy Lockwood brought in Lockwood Test Prep head tutor, Marissa Uneberg to chat about the pending SAT changes, the upcoming ACT and our new last minute "cram" courses.
Also discussed:  when is the "right" time to negotiate financial aid and merit aid awards, current. changes to the College Board logins -- boring but important -- and answers to some live questions about the proper use of the 529 and more!
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College Coffee Talk: College Board changes, Student Loan interest suspension, more

Uncategorized Mar 07, 2022
College advisors Pearl and Andy Lockwood chat about:
*The annoying changes from the College Board and how it affects you and your CSS Profile
*Student Loan interest suspension, how long it will last and will loans be forgiven?
*College visit tips and recent observations of freaky tour goers by Andy and his daughter Sammy
*More, including some live Q&A
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