What You Need to Know About the Latin SAT Subject Test

By IvyWise on Wednesday, November 25, 2020
Read This If You’re Considering Taking the SAT Subject Test in Latin

By Andy, IvyWise Master Tutor

Once you’ve determined that you’re interested in taking SAT Subject Tests, the next question on many students’ minds is which exams they should take. While every SAT Subject Test is one-hour and designed to assess your knowledge and skills in a certain subject, the exams themselves vary greatly.

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What to Know About AP Subject Tests

By IvyWise on Monday, November 23, 2020
An Overview for Students Who Are Interested in AP Subject Tests

AP Subject Tests are likely to be a part of many students’ high school experience as students take advanced courses in order to boost their course rigor. These exams can be an excellent opportunity to demonstrate your expertise in a subject that you are passionate about and maybe even earn some college credit.

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Just Admit It: What’s Going on With Standardized Testing?

By IvyWise on Friday, November 20, 2020
Learn What’s Happening With Standardized Testing Right Now

It’s a question on many students’ minds, particularly during an application cycle marked with uncertainty: what’s happening with standardized testing? With an increasing number of schools transitioning to test optional policies, some applicants may wonder if it is even worth it to take the SAT or ACT.

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Class of 2025 Early Decision Notification Dates

By IvyWise on Thursday, November 19, 2020
class of 2024 early decision notification datesEarly Decision and Early Action Notification Dates for the 2020-21 Application Season

The college admissions season is flying by, and before you know it early admission decisions will be released. Here’s our annual list of early decision notification dates!

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Tips for Success in a Flipped Classroom

By IvyWise on Wednesday, November 18, 2020
Learn How to Make the Most of a Flipped Classroom Experience

By Kaitlyn, IvyWise Master Tutor

The flipped classroom model is gaining popularity as schools continue to adapt to the changes brought on by the ongoing pandemic. In a flipped classroom, the instruction doesn’t take place in class. Instead, class time is spent answering questions and discussing topics, with videos and note taking reserved for homework.

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Why Extracurricular Activities Matter

By IvyWise on Monday, November 16, 2020
Understand Why Extracurricular Activities Count and What You Can Do to Stand Out

There’s no denying that extracurricular activities are important: 81% of US universities assign some level of significance to a student’s after-school endeavors when it comes to making admissions decisions. Colleges want to learn about their applicants holistically, including the causes they are passionate about and what they enjoy doing in their free time. 

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Behind on Your College Apps? You’re Not Alone

By IvyWise on Friday, November 13, 2020
Get Back on Track If You’ve Fallen Behind on College Applications

If you feel behind on your college applications this semester, you’re not the only one. 47% of all high school seniors have not started applying to college yet, according to a survey by Niche and Tudor Collegiate Strategies.

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First-Year Enrollment is Down – Is this Good News for the Class of 2025?

By IvyWise on Tuesday, November 10, 2020

What Do Enrollment Declines Mean for the Class of 2025?

From canceled SAT exams to extended application deadlines, the Class of 2025 has faced plenty of changes throughout their admissions cycle. In the midst of this disruptive era, there’s also another factor that could impact admissions this cycle: first-year enrollment is down.

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Coronavirus Cancellations: Admissions Testing and College Updates

By IvyWise on Monday, November 9, 2020
Memorial Church and Harvard Yard on campus of Harvard University at sunset. Harvard University is a private Ivy League research university in Cambridge, MA.The Latest on How Colleges and Universities in the US are Responding to COVID-19

The response to concerns over the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has deeply affected college bound high school students with school closures and the cancelling of large gatherings, including campus visits and admissions tests.

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Colleges Extending Early Application Deadlines

By IvyWise on Wednesday, November 4, 2020
Discover Whether Your Early Decision Choice is Extending Their Deadline

 

For students submitting a college application in 2020, the admissions cycle has been anything but ordinary. From campus tour closures to SAT/ACT cancellations, the COVID-19 pandemic has continued to impact the admissions process. 

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How to Give Back Without Leaving Your Living Room

By IvyWise on Monday, November 2, 2020
Giving Back While Staying Socially Distant

Although many students are eager to give back and make an impact, volunteering in 2020 poses some significant challenges. With many outreach programs on pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some students may be wondering how they can help their community without leaving home. 

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List of SAT/ACT Optional Colleges for 2020-21

By IvyWise on Monday, November 2, 2020
2020-21 test optional schools UPDATED: List of 2020-21 Test-Optional Colleges

In light of cancellations for many spring and summer ACT and SAT exams because of COVID-19, a number of colleges have decided to shift to a test-optional admissions process for the 2020-21 admissions cycle.

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Should I Write About COVID-19 in My College Applications?

By IvyWise on Thursday, October 29, 2020
College Counselors Give Advice on How to Address COVID-19 In College Applications

As seniors prepare to submit applications during an admissions cycle unlike any other, many students may be wondering whether or not they should discuss the pandemic and if so, how? While there isn’t a universal approach that will be best for every applicant, there are some tips students should keep in mind when planning their approach. 

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How to Stand Out When Applying for Scholarships

By IvyWise on Monday, October 26, 2020
Make the Most of Applying for Scholarships with These Tips

Scholarships are a win-win: students can help reduce the costs associated with attending college while also adding to their resumes. As an added bonus, the vast array of different scholarship options out there means there is truly an opportunity for every student.

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IvyWise Pro Bono Student Feature: Alexis

By IvyWise on Friday, October 23, 2020
IvyWise Pro Bono Student Alexis Shares Her Tips for Students Applying to College

For current seniors, the college application process is in full swing. It can be a high-stress time for many, particularly during an application cycle that has been marked by changes brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s so important to have perspective when going through the admissions journey, which is why we’ve reached out to one of our own students, Alexis, to share some advice for future applicants.

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ISEE vs. SSAT

By IvyWise on Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Compare the ISEE and SSAT

 

For students and families who are interested in the private school application process, there are generally two major tests on their radar: the ISEE and the SSAT. While both exams have a lot in common, there are also some distinct differences between the tests that students should keep in mind. 

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College Admissions Changes During a Global Shift

By IvyWise on Friday, October 16, 2020
Learn What College Admissions Changes to Expect Now and in the Future

The college admissions process has always been multifaceted and complex, but the changes brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic have added a new layer of uncertainty. From limited testing options to a lack of campus tours, college applicants are experiencing a new playing field with several noteworthy differences. 

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How Tutors Can Help Students with Independent Projects

By IvyWise on Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Learn How Working with a Tutor Will Level Up Your Independent Projects

By Carrie, IvyWise Master Tutor

When most students think of tutoring, academic support and test preparation are likely the first two things to come to mind. While both are undoubtedly important components of tutoring, students also have the opportunity to receive guidance on independent projects through mentorship.

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5 Ways to Demonstrate Creativity in Your College Apps

By IvyWise on Friday, October 9, 2020
Learn How to Emphasize Creativity and Why it Counts

Students who are eager to stand out on their college applications can’t overlook the importance of demonstrating creativity. Based on a recent Adobe study, 95% of admissions decision-makers believe in the value of creative skills. Despite this, only 20% of the same group report that students demonstrate their creativity “very well” on college applications and nearly 70% of students don’t know where to showcase these skills on their college applications.

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The Pros and Cons of Applying Early This Fall

By IvyWise on Wednesday, October 7, 2020
Young african american woman sitting on the table using computer laptop serious face thinking about question, very confused ideaAn Admissions Counselor’s Top Considerations for Applying to College Early

 

By Carolyn, IvyWise College Admissions Counselor

The weather here in my home state of Tennessee is finally starting to cool, there is pumpkin spice creamer in my coffee, and I just squashed what will (hopefully) be one of the last mosquitoes of the year. And with the change in the seasons, of course, comes the first wave of college application deadlines. Over the past several years, applying early to colleges has become a popular trend, and many colleges have developed a multi-deadline admissions process that might include Early Action, Early Decision, Single-Choice Early Action, and/or Regular Decision options. Whether or not to apply early can be a stressful decision even in “normal” years, but even more so in the current application cycle that is already rife with change and uncertainty.

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