Valspeak and the College Admissions Process

Jessica: “Should I like write on the cover page of like the graded paper? You know, like Union College Supplement – Graded Paper?” Ivy Coach: “You can write ‘Union College Supplement – Graded Paper,’ but please delete the word ‘like’ as this is not appropriate for oral or written speech … 

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Inconsistencies in the New SAT Score-Reporting Policy

In November, when we wrote the blog, “College Board’s New Score Reporting Policy – Score Choice,” we made references to our June blog on the same topic where we spoke to a College Board (CB) representative and learned that some of the particulars of this new policy were not yet … 

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SAT Score Choice

In June of 2008, when the College Board went public with their new score reporting policy, there was little specific information about the plan. In fact, before we wrote our June 23rd blog on “Change in SAT Policy Expected to Increase Revenues and Market Share,” we called the College Board … 

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How to Get Great Teacher Recommendations

1. Since some colleges have different guidelines, make sure you read the instructions on each application before you choose the people who will write your recommendations. 2. For the majority of colleges, however, restrict your choices to the following junior year courses (English, math, history, science, and foreign language) and … 

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Ivy Coach College Admissions Seminars in China

On July 19th and 22nd, Ivy Coach gave seminars in China on the U.S. college admissions process. One seminar was at Beijing University and another was at a high school in Nanjing. The turnout was fantastic for both. What was so wonderful was that we met some incredible students who … 

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He Who Guards His Tongue

It is imperative in the college admissions process (and in life) that students think before they speak because once the words are spoken, even an apology can’t take them back. If before you write anything you read it over several times, checking your grammar, spelling, punctuation and certainly your tone, … 

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Deciding on the College to Attend

You have been through the stressful and at times grueling application process. Once your applications were mailed, you began the long waiting period for admissions decisions but now the decisions are up to you. You have received multiple offers of admissions, you are excited about many of them, and you … 

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Harvard College, Shame on You!

The administrators at Harvard College should take a course in business planning at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business because obviously they haven’t learned anything from what’s being taught at HBS. The deadline for applications for transfer students for fall 2008 was February 15th but a few days before the 15th, … 

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