Time to Register for SAT Class

Juniors: The first meeting for the group preparing for the May SAT is this Sunday, March 8th at 1:30.  You need to try to be finished with testing this year, so you can concentrate on applications in the fall. Give me a call at 678-849-5158 for information.

Sophomores: If you are on an accelerated math track, this may be the right time for you to take the course, also. Get in touch.

Not a Senior? It’s time to plan!

So many students and their parents think there is little to do toward applying for college until the senior year.  WRONG!  By the senior year, I can only help package your credentials in the most appealing way.  For underclassmen – even middle school students – I can help you figure out how to improve your credentials before it’s too late.

SAT/PSAT/ACT Prep Begins August 18th

The first class for this school year begins next Sunday with a pre-test from 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm on the bottom floor of Brenau University’s Jacobs Building, to the right of the Green Street PO on the corner of Academy Street NE.  (If this day and time are impossible for you, we can make other arrangements.)  This is the time to prepare for the October 5th SAT, the September 21st ACT, and for juniors who typically score in the upper percentiles (95+) on standardized tests and may have National Merit recognition prospects, the October 16th or 19th PSAT.  My average improvement is 210 points, and some students in each class typically improve 300 or more points.  Give me a call at 770-297-9867 or email me at jean@DuPreeCollegePrep.com.






Summertime Plans

Now that SAT and ACT testing is over until the fall, there’s nothing you can do to help your college plans along this summer.  Right?  WRONG!  If you don’t work on something during the summer, either you will be swamped in the fall, or you will lose ground in getting into the colleges you want.  And this doesn’t apply only to rising seniors.  High school underclassmen – and even middle school students – need to be using summers well and planning for how to structure curriculum and extra-curricular activities at school and beyond to maximize their potential for acceptance into dream schools.  It’s VERY late for seniors to be able to affect their prospects in those ways, but there are many other tasks they need to be doing this summer.

Applying to colleges is as time-consuming as a part-time job, and leaving all of that for the fall with the load of senior year activities, leadership positions, and actual part-time jobs is unwise.  Before school begins, you need to have a clear plan for finishing SAT (including Subject Tests, if required) and ACT testing early in the fall.  Your list of colleges that fit you well should be completed by now, including online research and preliminary visits.  You need an orderly plan for tracking application requirements and deadlines; colleges have no sense of humor about deadlines or missing requirements.  By the start of school, you should have explored your essay requirements and drafted essays that can be used for multiple colleges and scholarships.  You should have identified teachers to ask for required recommendation letters and made friends with your guidance counselor, and you need to approach them in a way to simplify the process for them and enhance the results for you.  Finally, you should have a frank conversation with your parents and anyone else who may contribute to your college costs about realistic expectations.  Identifying colleges that are generous with scholarship money, as well as completing applications for outside scholarships, is important.  Still think you want to leave it all for fall?  I didn’t think so.  If your head is spinning in circles right now, I can help by reducing your time investment, targeting opportunities that are right for you, and maximizing your prospects for success at a cost your family can handle.

Even if you are not yet a senior, many of these activities can be worked on well before the senior year, making the load more manageable.  For example, if you haven’t done anything other than watch TV, play video games, and go to the lake all your life, digging up an essay idea that will stand out from the crowd will be tough.  It can be done, but think how much easier it would be to write an essay about yourself, if you have something to write about.  And believe it or not, everybody needs to be applying for scholarships; some scholarships and grants are even targeted for middle school students!  And redheads, short people, left handed students, and folks who wear duct tape to prom.

Get in touch, and let’s get to work.  I promise you’ll still have lots of time to play.

One-Day ACT Science Class on Tuesday, June 4th

To help SAT Prep Course “alums” prepare for the Science section of the ACT, I am offering a one-day class on Tuesday, June 4th from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the Jacobs Building of Brenau University.  The Science section of the ACT is the only section without a comparable part on the SAT.  Class will begin with a Science pretest, move to a brief summary of differences between the SAT and ACT, continue with instruction and hints for how to approach the seven parts of the Science section, include independent practice and tutoring during class, and finish with a post-test.  Since each Science section takes only 35 minutes, we should have time to complete this agenda in the single session.  Cost is $200, including the $35 textbook with examples prepared by the ACT test makers .  If you are interested in joining us, please email me at jean@DuPreeCollegePrep.com.  I look forward to hearing from you.

College Panel at Westminster in Atlanta on September 6th

Plan ahead for a great panel of college admission representatives on Thursday, September 6th from 7:00 to 8:30 pm at 1424 West Paces Ferry Road, NW in Pressly Hall in the McCain auditorium.  Panelists include Janet Rapelye of Princeton University, Rick Funk of the University of Alabama,  Leigh Weisenburger, Dean of Admissions at Bates College, and Arlene Cash, head of admissions at Spelman College.  A panel discussion will be held with a focus on the college admissions process including tips on financial aid/scholarships.   Students and parents, grades 9-12,  from all Atlanta-area schools (public and independent) are invited.  (Gainesville folks, We are considered Atlanta area.)  Bring friends.  For directions to Westminster, go to http://www.westminster.net/about_us/our-campus/maps-directions/index.aspx