Many college applications, the Common Application included, give you a lot of freedom to choose your topic. This freedom, unfortunately, can lead to confusion and bad decision making. Can you write about sex or drugs? Is it okay to argue for or against abortion? Surely that trip to Central America is a good topic, right?
College admissions officers encounter certain bad essay topics over and over again. Granted, a really skillful writer can make pretty much any topic work, but college applicants would be wise to steer clear of these 10 bad essay topics.
Also be sure to check out these essay tips for the five new Common Application essay options.Bad Essay Topics - 10 Essay Topics to Avoid originally appeared on About.com College Admissions: U.S. on Thursday, May 29th, 2014 at 10:45:33.Permalink | Comment | Email this More...
If you're planning to take the popular June 7th SAT, the regular registration deadline has come and gone, but late registration is available until Wednesday, May 28th. The June exam is popular among high school juniors. Scores will be available online on June 26th. If you aren't happy with your scores, you have all summer to beef up your skills and then retake the exam in October. Register online here. You'll need to pay a $27.50 late registration fee on top of the regular exam fee.
To learn what SAT scores you're likely to need to get into some of the country's more selective colleges and universities, these articles can help:
SAT Score Comparison for the Ivy League
SAT Score Comparison for Top Public Universities
SAT Score Comparison for Top Universities (non-Ivy)
SAT Score Comparison for Top Liberal Arts Colleges
Last Chance to Register for the June 7th SAT originally appeared on About.com College Admissions: U.S. on Tuesday, May 27th, 2014 at 15:54:52.Permalink | Comment | Email this More...
The colleges that require SAT subject tests are some of the most selective in the country. As a result, the students who take subject tests tend to be stronger than the much larger group of students taking the regular SAT. Average scores on subject tests are typically in the 600s, and colleges will often be looking for scores up in the 700s.
The articles below provide score information for some of the most popular SAT Subject Tests:
Biology Subject Test Scores
Chemistry Subject Test Scores
Literature Subject Test Scores
Math Subject Test Scores
Physics Subject Test ScoresWhat's a Good SAT Subject Test Score? originally appeared on About.com College Admissions: U.S. on Friday, May 23rd, 2014 at 22:55:46.Permalink | Comment | Email this More...
New England has some of the most prestigious, selective and historic colleges and universities in the country. To see if your grades and standardized test scores are on target for some of the region's top schools, check out these graphs of GPA, SAT and ACT score data for admitted, rejected, and waitlisted students: Amherst | Babson | Bates | Bentley | Boston College | Bowdoin | Brandeis | Brown | Coast Guard | Colby | Connecticut | Dartmouth | Harvard | Holy Cross | MIT | Middlebury | Olin | RISD | Smith | Trinity | Tufts | Wellesley | Wesleyan | Williams | YaleGPA, SAT and ACT Data for Top New England Colleges originally appeared on About.com College Admissions: U.S. on Thursday, May 22nd, 2014 at 15:04:14.Permalink | Comment | Email this More...
If you want to get into a top public university such as Berkeley or UNC Chapel Hill, you're going to need good grades and strong standardized test scores. Realize that these prestigious universities do not have a cut-off for grades, ACT scores, or SAT scores. Highly selective universities have holistic admissions, so the admissions officers will be looking at more than empirical data. Challenging courses, a winning essay, and interesting extracurricular activities also play an important role. In many cases, letters of recommendation, a strong interview, and your demonstrated interest can also improve your chances.
That said, the numbers do matter, and higher is better. These graphs show GPA, SAT score and ACT score data for accepted and rejected students at ten of the country's top-ranked public universities: Berkeley | Chapel Hill | Georgia Tech | Illinois | Michigan | UCLA | UCSD | Virginia | William & Mary | WisconsinGPA, SAT and ACT Data for Top Public Universities originally appeared on About.com College Admissions: U.S. on Thursday, May 22nd, 2014 at 13:42:52.Permalink | Comment | Email this More...