New SAT and ACT Comparison Concordance Tables

April 16, 2018

The New SAT and ACT Comparison Concordance Tables

(redesigned SAT)

Compare your SAT to your ACT scores.


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1590 35
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1560 35
1550 34
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1520 34
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1490 33
1480 32
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Christian College Fairs in October 2017

September 25, 2017

Christian college fair is October 16 at Scottsdale Christian Academy in Phoenix AZ


Christian college fair is October 17 at Valley Christian High School in Chandler AZ


Colleges in attendance will be:


  1. Anderson University, IN
  2. Arizona Christian University
  3. Azusa Pacific University
  4. Bethel University
  5. Biola University
  6. California Baptist University
  7. Central Christian College of Kansas
  8. Colorado Christian University
  9. Concordia University Irvine
  10. Corban University
  11. Dordt College
  12. Eastern University
  13. Grove City College
  14. Hope International University
  15. Huntington University
  16. Lee University
  17. LeTourneau University
  18. Lipscomb University
  19. Manhattan Christian College
  20. North Park University
  21. Northwest Nazarene University
  22. Northwestern College
  23. Oklahoma Baptist University
  24. Oklahoma Christian University
  25. Patrick Henry College
  26. Point Loma Nazarene University
  27. Providence Christian College
  28. San Diego Christian College
  29. Simpson University
  30. Southeastern University
  31. Southwestern Assemblies of God University
  32. The King's College
  33. Trinity Western University
  34. University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
  35. Vanguard University
  36. Westmont College
  37. Wheaton College
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Visual and Performing Arts college fair October 5, 2017

September 25, 2017

Visual and Performing Arts college fair, colleges in attendance on October 5, at the Scottsdale Performing Arts Center


Colleges in attendance will be:

  1. -AMDA College & Conservatory of the Performing Arts
  2. -American Academy of Dramatic Arts
  3. -ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts
  4. -Berklee College of Music
  5. -Cogswell College
  6. -Columbia College Chicago
  7. -Cornish College of the Arts
  8. -FIDM/The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising
  9. -Illinois Institute of Technology
  10. -Laguna College of Art and Design
  11. -Moores School of Music University of Houston
  12. -New York University Steinhardt Music & Performing Arts
  13. -Northern Arizona University
  14. -Oregon College of Art and Craft
  15. -Pacific Lutheran University
  16. -Pacific Northwest College of Art
  17. -Roosevelt University
  18. -San Francisco Art Institute
  19. -Savannah College of Art and Design
  20. -The University of Arizona
  21. -University of Colorado Boulder
  22. -University of Colorado Denver
  23. -University of Denver Lamont School of Music
  24. -University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  25. -University of North Carolina School of the Arts
  26. -University of Northern Colorado
  27. -University of Redlands
  28. -University of Southern California
  29. -University of the Pacific
  30. -Vanderbilt University
  31. -Western Michigan University


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BIG College Fair Phoenix October 22 2017

September 25, 2017

List of colleges in attendance at the Phoenix college fair October 22,

The fair will be downtown at the Civic Plaza.

  1. -Adams State University
  2. -Albion College
  3. -American Jewish University
  4. -American University
  5. -Arcadia University
  6. -Arizona State University
  7. -Augsburg University
  8. -Augustana College
  9. -Azusa Pacific University
  10. -Black Hills State University
  11. -Boise State University
  12. -Bradley University
  13. -Bryant University
  14. -Buena Vista University
  15. -Butler University
  16. -California Baptist University
  17. -California Lutheran University
  18. -California Polytechnic State University
  19. -California State Polytechnic University Pomona
  20. -California State University-East Bay
  21. -Central Washington University
  22. -Chapman University
  23. -Coe College
  24. -Colby-Sawyer College
  25. -CollegeAmerica-Phoenix
  26. -Colorado Christian University
  27. -Colorado Mountain College
  28. -Colorado School of Mines
  29. -Colorado State University
  30. -Colorado State University-Pueblo
  31. -Concordia University-Irvine
  32. -Cornell College
  33. -Cornish College of the Arts
  34. -Creighton University
  35. -CSU Maritime Academy
  36. -Dickinson College
  37. -DigiPen Institute of Technology
  38. -Dillard University
  39. -Dixie State University
  40. -Drake University
  41. -Drexel University
  42. -Eastern New Mexico University
  43. -Eastern Washington University
  44. -Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  45. -FIDM/The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising
  46. -Florida Institute of Technology
  47. -Florida Polytechnic University
  48. -Fort Lewis College
  49. -George Mason University
  50. -Gonzaga University
  51. -Grand Canyon University
  52. -Hawaii Pacific University
  53. -Hendrix College
  54. -High Point University
  55. -Hofstra University
  56. -Holy Names University
  57. -Hult International Business School in London
  58. -Illinois Institute of Technology
  59. -Johnson & Wales University
  60. -Lake Forest College
  61. -Lehigh University
  62. -Lewis & Clark College
  63. -LIM College
  64. -Long Island University-LIU Post Campus
  65. -Loras College
  66. -Loyola University Chicago
  67. -Loyola University New Orleans
  68. -Marist College
  69. -Marquette University
  70. -Marymount California University
  71. -Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences
  72. -Metropolitan State University of Denver
  73. -Miami University
  74. -Michigan State University
  75. -Mills College
  76. -Missouri University of Science and Technology
  77. -Montana State University-Billings
  78. -Mount Holyoke College
  79. -Mount Saint Mary’s University
  80. -Musicians Institute
  81. -New College of the Humanities
  82. -New Mexico State University
  83. -New Mexico Tech
  84. -Northern Arizona University
  85. -Norwich University
  86. -Nova Southeastern University
  87. -Occidental College
  88. -Oklahoma City University
  89. -Oregon Institute of Technology
  90. -Oregon State University
  91. -Pacific Lutheran University
  92. -Pacific University
  93. -Penn State University
  94. -Pepperdine University
  95. -Portland State University
  96. -Prescott College
  97. -Providence College
  98. -Purdue University
  99. -Reed College
  100. -Regis University
  101. -Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  102. -Richmond, The American International University in London
  103. -Rocky Mountain College
  104. -Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
  105. -Saint Ambrose University
  106. -Saint Leo University
  107. -Saint Louis University
  108. -Saint Mary's College
  109. -Saint Mary's College of California
  110. -Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
  111. -Salve Regina University
  112. -Samford University
  113. -San Diego State University
  114. -San Jose State University
  115. -Santa Clara University
  116. -Santa Monica College
  117. -Savannah College of Art and Design
  118. -Seattle Pacific University
  119. -Seattle University
  120. -Seton Hall University
  121. -Simpson College
  122. -Snow College
  123. -Soka University of America
  124. -South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
  125. -Southeastern University
  126. -Southern Methodist University
  127. -Southern Utah University
  128. -St. Edward's University
  129. -St. Mary's University
  130. -St. Olaf College
  131. -Sweet Briar College
  132. -Syracuse University
  133. -Texas A & M University
  134. -Texas Christian University
  135. -The Art Institutes
  136. -The Citadel
  137. -The College of Idaho
  138. -The George Washington University
  139. -The University of Alabama
  140. -The University of Arizona
  141. -The University of Montana Western
  142. -The University of New Mexico
  143. -The University of Tampa
  144. -Trinity University
  145. -Trinity Western University
  146. -Tulane University
  147. -U.S. Army Cadet Command th Brigade
  148. -University College Dublin
  149. -University of Advancing Technology
  150. -University of Alaska Anchorage
  151. -University of Arkansas
  152. -University of California Santa Barbara
  153. -University of California-Berkeley
  154. -University of California-Davis
  155. -University of California-Irvine
  156. -University of California-Merced
  157. -University of California-Riverside
  158. -University of California-San Diego
  159. -University of California-Santa Cruz
  160. -University of Colorado Boulder
  161. -University of Colorado Colorado Springs
  162. -University of Dubuque
  163. -University of Evansville
  164. -University of Hawaii at Manoa
  165. -University of Houston
  166. -University of Kansas
  167. -University of La Verne
  168. -University of Mary
  169. -University of Missouri
  170. -University of Nevada-Las Vegas
  171. -University of New Haven
  172. -University of North Dakota
  173. -University of North Texas
  174. -University of Northern Colorado
  175. -University of Oregon
  176. -University of Pittsburgh
  177. -University of Pittsburgh at Bradford
  178. -University of Portland
  179. -University of Providence
  180. -University of Redlands
  181. -University of Rochester
  182. -University of San Diego
  183. -University of San Francisco
  184. -University of Tennessee
  185. -University of the Pacific
  186. -University of Utah
  187. -University of Wyoming
  188. -Utah State University
  189. -Utah Valley University
  190. -Vanderbilt University
  191. -Vanguard University of Southern California
  192. -Villanova University
  193. -Wartburg College
  194. -Washington College
  195. -Washington State University
  196. -Weber State University
  197. -Western Michigan University
  198. -Western Oregon University
  199. -Western State Colorado University
  200. -Western Washington University
  201. -Westminster College
  202. -Westmont College
  203. -Whittier College
  204. -Whitworth University
  205. -Willamette University
  206. -Woodbury University


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September 19, 2017

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Colleges That Change Lives College Fair Scottsdale

August 1, 2017

Go to the College Fair 8/15

Scottsdale, AZ August 15, 2017

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 7:00 PM

Embassy Suites by Hilton Scottsdale Resort
Mohave I-Kiva III, Hacienda I-Paloma III Meeting Rooms
5001 N. Scottsdale Road
Scottsdale, AZ  85250

The program begins promptly at 7:00 PM with a 30-minute information session. A college fair follows immediately afterwards, lasting approximately 1.5 hours. This program is offered to the public free of charge. No pre-registration is required.


Colleges anticipated to be in attendance include:

  1. Agnes Scott College
  2. Allegheny College
  3. Antioch College
  4. Austin College
  5. Beloit College
  6. Birmingham-Southern College
  7. Centre College Cornell College
  8. Denison University
  9. Earlham College
  10. Eckerd College
  11. Emory & Henry College
  12. Goucher College Guilford College
  13. Hampshire College
  14. Hendrix College
  15. Hillsdale College
  16. Hiram College
  17. Hope College
  18. Juniata College
  19. Kalamazoo College
  20. Knox College
  21. Lawrence University
  22. Lynchburg College
  23. Marlboro College
  24. McDaniel College
  25. Millsaps College
  26. Ohio Wesleyan University
  27. Reed College
  28. Rhodes College
  29. Saint Mary’s College of California
  30. Southwestern University
  31. John’s College
  32. Olaf College
  33. The Evergreen State College
  34. University of Puget Sound
  35. Ursinus College
  36. Wabash College
  37. Whitman College
  38. Willamette University
  39. College of Wooster

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Top 12 Dorm Mistakes

June 30, 2017

Top 12 Dorm Shopping Mistakes

Top 12 Dorm Shopping Mistakes

With high school graduation behind us, we are turning our focus to the day we will drop our youngest kids off at their freshmen dorms. Though we prefer to stick our heads in the sand and ignore the inevitable, it is time to get them ready for the tiny living spaces that will be their homes away from home. Five years ago, we were rookie moms and made our share of rookie mistakes. Frankly, we bought a lot of crap. This time, with experience on our side, we hope to give you some thoughts on how to approach what might be your last back-to-school shopping life.

1. NOT a School Supply List

My daughter’s college mailed a “What to Bring” list with seven categories and 82 separate items. Do not treat this like the school supply lists from your child’s elementary school where, scavenger hunt-style, we dutifully checked off each item while wheeling a cart through Staples. Instead, concentrate on basic needs. Anything and everything else can be ordered later online.

2. Dorms are Miniscule

Keep this mantra in mind... Less is More, Less is More. Dorm rooms are tiny, and spaces, shared. There is minimal room for the necessities and no room for extras. Forget oversize.

3. Kids are Pigs

Ever seen a photo of a lived-in college room? Appalled? We are, too. The dorm room you help your kid set up will begin to deteriorate the moment you wave your tearful goodbye. In the next nine months, your son or daughter will welcome friends into that room where every surface will be treated as a chair. Some of the “dorm room essentials” you eagerly purchased in July will be stuffed in corners, unopened, and collecting dust until they are rediscovered in May.

4. The Container Store Savings

Everything about college is expensive, and that includes dorm shopping, so look for some great shopping deals. If you live near one of 50 Container Stores staging a College Savings Event, July 13-27, your son or daughter can attend with a 20 percent off coupon in hand. Look on the Container Store Facebook events page for more info about each location and a downloadable coupon. Some stores will be having special evenings exclusively for collegiate shoppers with tote bags for early arrivers, prizes, music and water and snacks from Whole Foods. There will be a set up for “selfies” and in-store specialists waiting to help.

5. Underbed Space? You Have No Clue

This is the single biggest question mark that your kid may not know the answer to until move in day. So those bed risers you were convinced would be perfect? They don’t work with bunk beds and are unnecessary with many elevated beds. Resist the urge to plan for this space until you know the dimensions.

6. Be Careful with Meds

This is one area where over buying is dangerous. Whenever our teenagers were sick, we knew which analgesic, decongestant, or antihistamine to dole out. We have decades of experience in understanding how over-the-counter medicines should be taken. Our kids do not, and, if we send them off to college with all the meds and none of the wisdom, it is very easy for them to over medicate as they battle their first cold while trying to finish a paper and study for a test. So prescription meds, Band-aids, a thermometer, and Neosporin - yes. But leave out multiple meds that have the same active ingredients. This is on the advice of none other than Dr. Travis Stork of the The Doctors so take it from him if not from us! (BTW, Target will give send you a free first aid kit bag if you purchase three items like Band-aids or headache remedies.)

7. Don’t Buy Crap

Even the most careful kid will be hard pressed to keep their college possessions in good shape as they move in and out of dorm rooms and college apartments for the next four years. Fragile and dainty will become ripped up and broken. Whatever goes in your shopping cart must be judged for durability. Put it back on the shelf if it doesn’t pass muster.

8. Flying or Driving?

There is a fork in the road here and you already know which path you will take with your freshman kid. If you are flying, it will be impossible to bring much more than your child’s clothes, electronics, x-long sheets/comforter, and prescription meds. Seek out the “click and pick up” services from The Container Store, Bed, Bath and Beyond and Target. If you are driving your kid, you may still want to use this service and have a far more comfortable ride.

9. No Room for Luggage

As adults, we are accustomed to traveling with luggage, but we also have closets wherever we land. College kids have minimal storage space, so consider the collapsible duffel bag that is hanging around in your basement as the perfect piece of luggage. When our son began to drive himself back and forth to school, he used garbage bags for luggage which meant he had a starter pack for the trash can when he arrived.

10. One Pillow is Not Enough

Your kid’s dorm bed will function as bedroom/living room/study, and the pillow he sleeps on will not be enough to lean back onto as he studies. Bring a second bed pillow, a large square pillow in a sham, or a backrest pillow to cushion the hard wood or wall.

11. Power Struggle

Your kid will travel to college with a phone, maybe an iPod, a computer, possibly a printer or a lamp, and, if the dorm is not air-conditioned, a fan. Girls will also throw into their bags a blow dryer and hair straightener. All of this translates into a serious need for extra plugs. Do not forget a power strip with surge protection on a long cord. Some of these come with built-in USB port chargers, which can be very handy.

12. Eating not Cooking

A mini-fridge is a real necessity and the single piece of equipment that roommates need to discuss before move-in day. There is space for only one, so rent or buy, decide to share the cost or someone can own outright. Plan on helping your son or daughter get this in-house before you turn off on the highway back home. The summer before my eldest went to college, I had a powerful nesting urge, much like I did 18 years before when I prepared for his nursery. I pored over every dorm room essential, checklist, and must haves at every store with a dorm display. This time my approach is completely different.I will buy two sets of x-long sheets and my daughter will pick out a comforter in a color that she loves. We have an egg crate mattress topper to add to the slim pad that is supplied by the school. She will pack her clothes, shoes, and electronics. Fortunately, she knows the dimensions of the under bed space in her dorm room so we will buy heavy plastic storage drawers to fit. They will double as luggage for our drive. She will bring a poster for the wall with photos of friends, family, and her dog. We know where the closest CVS is for stocking up on the generic supplies. The stores all have college lists, but view them with a discriminating eye. Step stools? Paper towel holders? Lots of extra plastic boxes? Think twice.

Here is what will NOT make the cut:• Alarm clock - there is an app for that.• Furniture - there is no space for a futon or side table or anything decorative.• Kitchen - no toasters or blenders, no dishes, cups, or silverware that must be washed after use.• Media storage - no need for CDs or DVDs, all media comes through her laptop.• Pictures in frames - ditto, just flip open the laptop.• Plants - guaranteed to die.• Cleaning supplies - in our dreams, sadly, college kids don’t clean, so no vacuum, no mop.• Desk Lamp - worth checking first if it is needed.Many rooms have adequate overhead light and computers are backlit.• Composition books, binders, dividers - some of these have gone the way of the dinosaur. Let your kid start class and figure out his own study methods. Many kids prefer to take notes online and have far fewer paper needs than they did in high school. Don’t rush to waste money on a bunch of dead trees.• Desk chair - be very careful here, most colleges provide a chair and you will just end up driving it back home.• Printer - might also be an enormous waste of money. Many schools have networked printers available to students and assignment are often turned in online. Desks do not have much room and the floor is a filthy place for an expensive piece of electronic equipment.

Well worth considering:• Shoe racks for the closet floor or hanging over the closet door. Shoe space is very limited and this creates a bit more.• Closet storage maximizers that hang from the closet bar provide a great place to put sweaters, sweatshirts, or any bulky items.• Fan if the weather/air conditioning suggest the need for it. Compact fans can do a big job in steamy dorm rooms. No need to buy a big one.• Hooks that tape to the wall are handy for jackets, towels, or jewelry to keep things (wishful) off the floor.• Small rugs are worth considering but be wary this may not get vacuumed all year. Small throw rugs that can go into the washing machine might work best.• Shower caddy - first check what the bathroom situation is. If your child is using a large communal bathroom at the end of the hall, this might be a necessity. If the bathroom is close at hand and shared by few, a waste of money.• Mattress pad and bed bug protector - money well spent!• Trash can? Some rooms come equipped, others do not, worth checking first.• Is your child a coffee/tea drinker? A small electric kettle or the mini Keurig might be a big moneysaver if they are used to a couple of daily cups of caffeine.• Towels - consider monogramming or a distinctive color. Basic whites are too easy to mistake for another’s towels.

One final thought about move in day: It will be crowded, it will be hot, and there will be lousy parking. You child will come face to face with her new roommate for the first time and you will also shake hands with your counterparts. Help her make up her bed and pull the sheets snug. Drive her to the nearest store for shampoo and her favorite body wash. Help her stock the mini fridge.Finally, slip her a letter  telling her how proud you are of her and how this day is one you  know she worked hard to achieve. Tell her you love her. Hug her tight and know that it is time for her to take it from here.

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7 Things to Do Before Your Kid Goes to College

June 30, 2017

7 Things to Do Before Your Kid Goes to College

Randye Hoder - Jun 12, 2014


For the millions of parents wh


o will send a son or daughter off to college in the fall, this is the summer of lists: making travel arrangements, picking meal plans and ordering linens and other items for the dorm.

But two lists, in particular, are of the utmost importance: One will help kids with the realities of being on their own for the first time. The other will prepare them—and you—for the emotional toll of this major milestone.

The first list is practical. As parents, we pride ourselves on getting our kids ready to leave the nest and soar on their own. But then reality sets in—and the kids land with a thump.

I remember feeling like a terrible parent when my oldest, Emma, called home at the beginning of freshman year to ask me how many stamps she needed to mail an envelope and where to buy them.

My good friend, Mindy, says she felt like a failure when her daughter called to ask, “Do you separate laundry by weight?”

Another friend, Ruth, who has seen three children through college, recalled a litany of first-year cluelessness: “How do you know what light bulbs to buy?” “How do I send a box by mail?” “How do I find a dentist?” “I think I broke my foot. Did I?”

Whether such ineptitude is a byproduct of us having overindulged our kids is beside the point. No need to beat yourself up now. Just use this summer to teach a few of life’s basic skills—and save yourself some panicky late-night calls, not to mention feelings of parental inadequacy.

1. Teach them to do laundry and then insist that they do their own—clothing, sheets and towels—for the entire summer. By the time they get to college with a roll of quarters in hand, they’ll have the hang of it.
2. Teach them the basics of banking—how to use an ATM card, how to write a check (or make a payment online), how to deposit money and how to balance their account. As an added bonus, then ask them to teach you how to use Vimeo.
3. Teach them how to navigate public transportation. Most kids go off to college without access to a car, and obviously they won’t have you to schlep them places. If they don’t already know, teach them how to get around on buses, subways and trains, and then take away the car keys for a while so that they gain confidence.
4. Teach them how to cook a few things. While most freshmen are on some kind of meal plan, knowing how to cook at college can come in handy. Many dorms have communal kitchens, and it can be fun to occasionally make a meal and eat with friends. And just in case your kid ends up living off campus at some point, knowing his or her way around the kitchen will be useful. Plus, making a point of cooking and eating together a few times a week over the summer is a nice way of spending time together as a family.

That said, don’t be surprised if the last thing your teen wants to do is hang out with you. As I wrote at the time, the summer before my daughter left for college, she went AWOL. As far as I was concerned, Emma went out with her friends too much, spent too much time at her boyfriend’s house and stayed out way too late.

Over time, I came to understand that Emma’s uncharacteristic rebellion and moodiness were her ways of “soiling the nest.” In order to make it easier for her to leave in the fall, she was going to make my husband and I so miserable that we couldn’t wait for her to go. In other words, she was doing exactly what she was supposed to do—getting ready to grow up and out.

Given all this, emotions can run high, so as promised, here are a few more tips to make it easier to let your son or daughter go:

5. Make sure your grad sets aside some one-on-one time with you, your spouse and any sisters or brothers, and does so regularly through the summer. It doesn’t matter what you do as long as it’s fun. (This does not include going to Bed Bath & Beyond to buy stuff for college.) Head on a hike, take a walk on the beach, go out for lunch or coffee, watch a movie—whatever makes sense for your family.
6. If you can manage it, take a family vacation. It doesn’t have to be anywhere fancy (and can even be a long weekend away). My friend Ellie and her husband, David, took their kids on a road trip up the California coast before their eldest went off to college. “All the kids have said it was their favorite trip we ever did,” Ellie says.
7. Buy them one beautiful thing. This advice comes from Lisa Heffernan, cofounder of Grown and Flown, a parenting blog for teens and older children. “This moment, these last days, are worthy of commemorating,” she says. “Do not let them slip by unmarked. Jewelry and watches are traditional choices for senior year, but beauty and meaning, not expense, are the salient factors in this purchase.”

On that front, I indulged Emma—something I don’t usually do. I bought her a somewhat extravagant comforter for her bed at school to make her feel cozy, comfortable and at home. It was my way of tucking her in from afar.

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SAT test tries to one up ACT test and vice verse

April 28, 2017

SAT test tries to one up ACT test and vice verse

In 2016, Two Million (2,090,342) took the ACT test with an average composite score of 21 (20.8) out of 36.

1,681,134 students in the class of 2016 took the SAT—either the new or old—at least once through June 2016 with an average score of 1002 out of 1600

An ACT score of 21 is the equivalent SAT score of 1000. So these students are scoring about the same for either test. I always encourage students to take both tests, decide which one you feel stronger about, and then focus on that one test as every college will take either score.

When College Board announced they were “Redesigning” the SAT Test, they also made a critical move to one up ACT as College Board was losing market share to its competitor. College Board dropped the January test date and added an August test date.

In previous years the first test students could take during the school year was the September ACT test. Now College Board offers a new August date to beat or be first taking it from ACT.

As the hilarity of these two competitive companies tries to gain footing to be King of the (Test) Hill, American College Testing just announced a July ACT test date starting July 2018. The test date will be July 14, 2018.

This is great news for students. Prep and study in June over your sophomore-junior summer then take the July 14, 2018 test. These students who are moving into their junior year of high school can potentially be finished with the test by getting the score they want and need. When a student achieves the score they want and need they do not need to take the tests any more.

Now that ACT has this new test date let’s see what College Board does…

Next test dates for the tests.

Next SAT Dates Next ACT Dates
June 3, 2017

August 26, 2017 ⇐ New Test Date

October 7, 2017

November 4, 2017

December 2, 2017

March 10, 2018

May 5, 2018

June 2, 2018

June 10, 2017

September 9, 2017

October 28, 2017

December 9, 2017

February 10, 2018

April 14, 2018

June 9, 2018

July 14, 2018 ⇐ New Test Date


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Common App Essay Prompts for 2017-2018

April 27, 2017

2017-2018 Common Application Essay Prompts


1. 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 please share your story. [No change]

2. The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience? [Revised]

3. Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome? [Revised]

4. Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma - anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution. [No change]

5. Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others. [Revised]

6. Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more? [New]

7. Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you've already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design. [New]

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