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    1. 1. Accepted: Getting into Your First-Choice School Prep smarter, score higher—guaranteed or your money back! 1-800-KAP-TEST | kaptest.com/college
    2. 2. Agenda • Top factors in college admissions • SAT and ACT test comparison • What makes a successful essay • Interview tips • Prep smarter, not harder
    3. 3. But First—Let’s Say Hello! • Grade? • Taken the SAT or ACT? • Math vs. Reading? • Dream school? • Biggest application concern? Bart Alvara
    4. 4. Top Factors in College Admissions
    5. 5. Top Factors in College Admissions 1a) Grades in College Prep Courses Advanced Placement International Baccalaureate Dual-enrollment Courses Source: National Association of College Admissions Counseling, “2010 State of College Admission”
    6. 6. Top Factors in College Admissions 1b) Strength of Curriculum Rigor Relevance Quantity Source: National Association of College Admissions Counseling, “2010 State of College Admission”
    7. 7. Top Factors in College Admissions 2) Admissions Test Scores SAT ACT AP & Subject Tests Source: National Association of College Admissions Counseling, “2010 State of College Admission”
    8. 8. Top Factors in College Admissions 3) High School GPA Overall Don’t fall behind Don’t lose focus Source: National Association of College Admissions Counseling, “2010 State of College Admission”
    9. 9. Admissions Test Scores
    10. 10. SECTION FORMAT/ TIME QUESTION TYPES SCORE 2010 Averages Math 3 Sections Multiple Choice Grid-Ins 200–800 516 The SAT at-a-Glance 200–800Critical Reading 5013 Sections Multiple Choice Writing 3 Sections Multiple Choice Essay 200–800 0–12 7.1 492 Tota l 10 Sections 3 hours, 45 minutes Multiple Choice Grid-Ins Essay 600–2400 1509 Experimental Multiple Choice1 Section Not Scored N/A
    11. 11. Understanding SAT Scoring • Correct Answer: +1 point • Omitted Question: 0 points • Incorrect Answer (multiple choice) : −1/4 point • Incorrect Answer (non-multiple choice math questions) : 0 points The SAT at-a-Glance Test Day Tip: If you can eliminate 1 answer choice, guess! Test Day Tip: If you can eliminate 1 answer choice, guess!
    12. 12. FORMAT/ TIME English 1 Section Multiple Choice 1–36 20.5 The ACT at-a-Glance Math 1 Section Multiple Choice 1–36 21.0 Reading 1 Section Multiple Choice 1–36 21.3 Science 1 Section Multiple Choice 1–36 20.9 Writing 1 Section Essay (Optional) 1–36 20.8 2–12 7.1 4–5 Sections 2 hrs, 55 minutes 3 hrs, 25 minutes Multiple Choice Essay 1–36 21.0Total:
    13. 13. • Correct Answer: +1 point • Omitted Question: 0 points • Incorrect Answer: 0 points Understanding ACT Scoring The ACT at-a-Glance Test Day Tip: Answer every question. If you don’t know the answer, guess! Test Day Tip: Answer every question. If you don’t know the answer, guess!
    14. 14. • ACT has “Science” reasoning questions. • ACT has four trigonometry questions. • SAT essay is required and first. • ACT essay is last and not always required. • SAT is 20 minutes longer.
    15. 15. Common Myths • The SAT is an IQ test. • The ACT is easier. • Only take the ACT if you’re good at science. • Competitive schools only accept the SAT.
    16. 16. 75th Percentile ACT Composite Score* 75th Percentile SAT Score CR+M+W* Schools 32–36 2080–2400 27–31 1800–2070 22–26 1510–1790 17–21 1210–1610 INSERT LOCAL SCHOOL NAME INSERT LOCAL SCHOOL NAME INSERT LOCAL SCHOOL NAME Test Score Comparison INSERT LOCAL SCHOOL NAME *25 percent of students scored above.
    17. 17. College Application Essay
    18. 18. The College Application Essay Fact: 80% of colleges use the essay to make their final admissions decisions.
    19. 19. The College Application Essay Here are some ideas to help you start thinking about your essay: Get started! My favorite/least favorite activity… I am most proud of… When I am older, I want to be known/remembered for… Someone who has inspired me… Something (in my personal life or current events) that has changed the way I think… I made a difference in another person’s life when… I feel passionately about (this issue, topic, subject, hobby, etc…) I never thought I would be able to…
    20. 20. Additional Factors
    21. 21. The Student Interview The student interview is your chance to become more than just words and figures on your application or transcript. 1. Before the Interview • Research 2. During the Interview • Stay calm 3. After the Interview • Send the interviewer a thank-you card and email• Prepare questions • Dress appropriately • Answer questions honestly and thoroughly • Convey your excitement
    22. 22. The Student Interview Commonly asked questions: ✓ Why do you want to attend this college? ✓ What will you contribute to our campus community? ✓ How would your friends describe you? ✓ Why do you want to major in ________ ? ✓ Can you elaborate on ________ from your application?
    23. 23. Campus Visits A campus visit allows you to get a firsthand feel for the college and counts as demonstrated interest, so get packing! ✓ Visit as many of your target schools as possible. ✓ Schedule a visit when classes are in session and the admissions office is open. ✓ Speak to students, professors, and coaches to get a clear idea of what campus life is like. ✓ If you’re really interested, consider doing a summer program.
    24. 24. Advanced Placement Exams AP Expert Tips: • If you can get 50% of the questions right, you’ll receive a score of 3! • Practice free response questions with a timer • Answer every question! • Answer the questions you can get right first
    25. 25. Additional Factors Academic Factors • Class rank Non-Academic Factors • Portfolio • Counselor recommendation • Additional test scores: SAT Subject Tests, AP exams, IB exams • Extracurricular activities • Demonstrated interest • Work experience
    26. 26. Social Media 82% of college admissions officers use social media to recruit students!* Here are some things you can do to take advantage of this growing trend: • Manage your privacy settings • “Like” and “follow” schools that interest you • Participate in conversations that showcase your interests and talents • When engaging with a school, check for typos, don’t use shorthand (“u”, “r”), and don’t use inappropriate language • Don’t post anything you wouldn’t feel comfortable putting on your applications • Be mindful, but be yourself! This is an opportunity to interact with schools apart from your applications *Kaplan’s 2010 College Admissions Officer Survey
    27. 27. A Checklist A few things to consider when choosing which schools to apply to:           
    28. 28. College Prep Timeline
    29. 29. • PSAT in October • Take AP and SAT Subject Tests after completing courses • Summer prep for PSAT College Prep Timeline • Extracurricular activities • Prep for AP/Honors
    30. 30. • PSAT in October for National Merit • Focus on academics—this is the critical year! • Research admissions requirements for chosen schools • Prepare for SAT and/or ACT • Take required SAT Subject Tests College Prep Timeline • Take SAT and/or ACT for the last time • Take required SAT Subject Tests • Request letters of recommendation • Fill out FAFSA and research scholarships • Visit schools
    31. 31. Prep Smarter, Not Harder.
    32. 32. It’s All About You! Consider Your… • Goals • Timeline • Schedule • Learning preference
    33. 33. Prep smarter, not harder. How do you learn best? In the classroom? One-on-one?Online?
    34. 34. Good News. Every Kaplan Program… • Uses data to customize learning for you • Includes reports for students and parents • Is guaranteed to raise your score!
    35. 35. Prep smarter, not harder. SAT® & ACT® PSAT® On Demand  Personalized study plan  Online videos  2,000+ practice questions  2 practice tests  Progress tracking $299 PSAT Classroom Anywhere ™ ✓ 9-hour course ✓ 2 full-length practice tests ✓ Online whiteboard to work on problem solving techniques $599 Includes PSAT On Demand, plus: FREE!FREE! $199
    36. 36. Prep smarter, not harder. IN THE CLASSROOM Complete SAT or Complete ACT Prep Unlimited Prep Best for students taking multiple tests Includes SAT and ACT Complete, plus: ✓ 9-hour PSAT/NMSQT course ✓ SAT Subject Test & AP Prep Guides ✓ College Admissions Webinar ✓ Unlimited access Best for students taking one test Includes SAT or ACT On Demand, plus: ✓ 18-hour course ✓ 4 practice tests ✓ Extra practice $699 $1099 On Site or Classroom Anywhere™!
    37. 37. Prep smarter, not harder. Premier Tutoring or Premier Tutoring Anywhere™! With a Tutor *prices based on number of hours purchased Private Tutoring or Small Group Tutoring ✓ Tutors with top scores ✓ One-on-one tutoring ✓ Tailored to fit your goals and schedule Tutoring tailored to fit your goals and schedule Includes College Prep Advantage—the most comprehensive prep Save 10%!Save 10%!
    38. 38. Upcoming Practice Tests • PSAT Practice Test – Saturday, Sept. 14 @ 9:00AM – Apx. 3 hours long – Bring two #2 pencils & a calculator • SAT/ACT Combo Practice Test – Saturday, Sept. 14 @ 9:00AM – Apx. 4 hours long – Bring two #2 pencils & a calculator GRAB A FLIER ON YOUR WAY OUT FOR SIGN-UP INFO.
    39. 39. Upcoming Prep Classes • Prep for the Nov. 2 SAT – 10 sessions (4 practice test, 6 courses) – First Class Begins – Saturday, September 21 @ 2:00 PM • Prep for the Dec. 14 ACT – 10 sessions (4 practice test, 6 courses) – First Class Begins – Sunday, November 3 @ 2:00 PM Sign Up at: www.kaplanatschool.com/prosper GRAB A FLIER FOR SIGN-UP INFORMATION
    40. 40. For more information please call or visit our Web site. 1-800-KAP-TEST | kaptest.com/college Kelsey Pudenz, 817-357-7832 Kelsey.pudenz@kaplan.com

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