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Test Optional for College Admissions

A few days ago, Cornell’s admission offices came out with its standardized testing policy for next year. In short, the school has a two-pronged approach to testing: Three undergraduate schools will be test blind, which means that scores will not be used in admissions....

Farewell Subject Tests and SAT Essays

Earlier this month, the College Board did two things that I applaud: It decided to get rid of the essay portion of the exam.  It has eliminated the Subject Test product line. Frankly, I’m not mourning the elimination of the essay. First of all, it was the last part of...

How to Hire a College Consultant

Where I live in the suburbs of New York City, there are many people who call themselves College Consultants. College Planners. Independent College Consultants. University Specialists. IECs. You can put the word college or university with some kind of consulting...