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As students are working on their college applications, they are immersed in the details and requirements - writing prompts, academic interests, family information, and questions. One particular application question prompted this week's question for Larry.


Q: Why do colleges ask "Have you previously applied"?


A: Some archive applications for a time and some do not. Some will simply reactivate a record in their archive - some will not.


Unless you are lying throughout your application, why not answer? You are either a transfer student now, in which case you are being measured mostly according to your record of achievement in college, or you have taken time off without going to college, in which case your academic record is the same as it was before (and the college you are applying to now can see the chronological gap since high school graduation).


So deal with the fact that you previously applied, if you did. Don’t treat is as your dirty little secret, turn it to your advantage. If you can see no way to do that, apply elsewhere.


We have helped students who did not get accepted to their first choice, highly selective colleges. They were accepted at other excellent colleges and attended first year there, having remarkable success. They then applied to the other colleges once again, as transfer students, were accepted, did well, and graduated. Being very familiar with the details, we can certainly understand how and why all this happened as it did.


In addition to first time applicants, Larry also provides guidance to transfer students. This process has different requirements, complexities, and deadlines. Larry has helped many transfer students find their college fit. If you would like to learn more, please contact him at larry@learningassoc.com.

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Larry receives numerous questions about college admissions from applicants and their families. While this week's question is about Ivy League admissions, Larry's response can be applied more broadly.


Q: What trumps a perfect SAT score when being admitted to an Ivy League college?

A: A perfect GPA overwhelms a perfect SAT score and makes the test largely irrelevant. Many students with perfect test scores are not admitted to the most selective US colleges.


AP courses completed with high AP test scores can result in a class placement advantage. On the other hand, the influence of SAT scores disappears after acceptance to one of these colleges.


Larry works with students of all academic profiles and extracurricular interests. If you have questions about college admissions or would like to learn more about our program, please contact him at larry@learningassoc.com.

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As a college admissions advisor, Larry receives numerous questions from applicants and their families. This week he addresses a topic on the minds of many high school students - college admissions testing.


Q: Which is easier, the SAT or ACT?


A: The overwhelming use of these two tests is as a marker for college admissions, so it might be best to limit consideration to that purpose.


When an applicant submits scores to a college, the test scores are being considered in context - by comparison with historical applicant scores and scores of applicants in the current pool. For context when considering the test scores of applicants who submit ACT v SAT, the colleges can also turn to the concordance tables worked out by psychometricians at ACT and College Board.


Therefore, there is no meaning to any argument about “which is easier.” In relatively few instances, one of the tests is more suitable for a student than the other, but when looking at large numbers of test takers the outcomes are equivalent.


If you have questions about college admissions or would like to learn more about our program, please contact Larry Blumenstyk at larry@learningassoc.com.

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