We had some good news this week from <three top schools>. Your instincts and advice were spot-on every step of the way here. We are so grateful for your help and all the time you gave us along the way. We will call you soon to talk about the decision, but I wanted to let you know the good news in the meantime.
NYC private school acceptance decisions are coming soon, and Abacus Guide Educational Consulting clients are feeling good. One wrote us today:
Thanks so much Emily, I appreciate the follow-up. We sent out our love letters yesterday, so looks like there isn’t much to be done at this point. We will try to move on with our lives for the next few weeks. We have done our best with your support and guidance and the kids have learned a lot from this experience.
My students applying to NYC private schools are taking these tests more than once, and typically seeing score gains on the second administration.The ISEE is required for admission to NYC private middle or high school--you can also take the SSAT, a competing test. With all these options, students are now often taking the tests more than once, seeking the highest possible score. This is a boon to the test companies, and unfortunate for students, as competition ratchets up. Just three years ago, students generally took these tests only once.
Character Skills Snapshot:
More day and boarding schools are requiring or recommending this supplement to the SSAT that is supposed to evaluate students' initiative, intellectual engagement, open-mindedness, resilience, self-control, social awareness, and teamwork. I don't think you can measure character skills by taking an online, at home assessment test. Schools do students a disservice by bringing this test into the admissions process.
Some schools now have a common (shared) middle school essay as well as the common high school essay introduced a few years ago.
Are SAT Subject Tests (SAT IIs) on their way out? Today, few institutions require the tests, and many require them only of STEM and engineering applicants. What this means is that for many students, 11th grade is not the nightmare it used to be. For more information: Are the SAT Subject Tests on the Way Out?
Which SAT or PSAT administration you take may make a big difference in your score, as some test dates feature tests that are markedly easier than others, a problem because then the curve becomes too difficult as one mistake means a significant score penalty: Trouble with October 24th PSAT Scoring Curve
Some colleges are now trying to get students to commit early not only through Early Decision 1, but through Early Decision II. New Front in College Admissions: Nudging Students to Decide Early As elite colleges compose more and more of their classes with candidates who have committed early, students who are looking for best fit vs. best name are disadvantaged.
Harvard is getting sued and sued. Besides the high-profile admissions lawsuit alleging that Harvard's admissions process discriminates against Asian-American applicants, Harvard is dealing with several other legal challenges.