Monthly Archives: February 2017

NACAC COLLEGE FAIR – ATL 3/19

Please be aware that the National Association of College Admissions is having a college fair in Atlanta on March 19th. Although this fair can be overwhelming due to the number of college presenters, presentations, high school students, etc., this fair is well worth your time. Check out the registration site here. Read the list of college fair tips below which I have gathered from various college websites:

1. Visit at least 3 schools you’ve never heard of. You’re there to gather information, so gather as much as you can.

2. Print a sheet of sticky labels that have your contact information on them in order to expedite the information card process. Make sure that these stickers include the following: name, high school graduating year, high school name and state, home address, student email address, and date of birth.

3. Ask about the person standing behind the table -Don’t assume that the person standing behind the college fair table is an alumnus of the institution. College Counselors are drawn to representing universities for various reasons and many will work for schools they did not attend! If you’re looking for other ways to connect with current students or alumni, make sure to check out the school’s website.

4. Get business cards. Ask the college representatives for their business cards. You may want to get in contact with them again if you have further questions.

5. Attend information sessions. Many college fairs offer information seminars on topics such as financial aid, the search process, applications, etc. These sessions will give you the opportunity to ask questions about the college planning and admission process.

6. Follow up. Once the college fair is over, you should read over the college pamphlets that you received and the notes that you took. For the colleges that you are really interested in, follow up by taking virtual tours of the campuses and scheduling onsite college visits.In addition, if you have the Admissions Representatives information, send them an email and thank them for the information they provided you.

In addition to the above tips, try to learn the layout of the program. Be sure to know the programs that are being offered and where most of your colleges of interest are located. This information should be on the NACAC site. Be sure to post your experiences here!

Subject Tests

How many of you have heard the words, “Subject Tests?” These are assessments that can be recommended, required or highly suggested to take for college admissions. The goal behind these exams is to showcase a student’s strength and interest in a subject matter. College Board has created over 20 subject tests in five subject areas: English, history, languages, mathematic and sciences. Each test is an hour long and consists of all multiple-choice questions. The score ranges from 200 -800 points. The best preparation that one can get for this type of exam is to take the relevant course needed, work hard and do well in that class.

Subject tests are given approximately six times during the school year. However, there are some tests that are only offered during specific months. For example, Language with Listening is only offered during November. You do have the choice to take whichever exam you feel you will do well on, but you can only take up to three tests per test date. In addition, you cannot sit for the Subject Test and regular SAT on the same test date.

Not all students take the Subject Tests, in fact there is a smaller percentage that sits for this exam, then the regular SAT Test. If you want to further show a college your deep passion and interest in a particular subject matter, than this test might be useful for you. If you score well, in the 700 -800 range, then you can help yourself stand out in the College Admissions process. Not to confuse you, but some colleges will accept the ACT in lieu of the Subject Tests. This is yet another reason why starting the college admissions process early is important!

Again, not all colleges require the Subject Tests. It is important to reach out to schools of interest to inquire about subject tests requirements. In my past years experiences, colleges like Georgetown, the Ivies, top tier liberal art schools and schools that are recruiting student athletes recommend students to take 2 to 3 subject tests.

Please click on this link to learn more about these standardized tests. Reach out to Wendy at Williams Educational Consultants to learn more!