Find out what happened in the world of college applications and standardized testing in November and get some handy tips to help you and your student through the college application process.
Choosing a College: It's a Numbers Game
The Department of Education posted some data the other day that was rather concerning. Two-thirds of students who filled out the FAFSA only selected one school for the report to be sent to.
U.S. News posted an article about why this is so concerning. This means that students are running the risk of being rejected from that one school and not being able to attend a university anywhere that year. They also miss out on the opportunity of being able to select the school that offers the best financial aid package.
Meanwhile, Forbes reports that there are some students who apply to an astonishing 30 or even 40 schools! While one school is too risky, applying to 30 or 40 schools is incredibly expensive and time-consuming; plus it can make actually choosing a school to attend much more difficult.
In the article, Forbes offers three factors that will help students decide on how many schools to apply to: time, money, and college selectivity.
You might also want to check out our post 7 Tips for Deciding Which Colleges to Apply to.
Employers looking at SAT/ACT scores
As we see more and more schools go test optional, it may seem as if SAT and ACT scores are becoming less significant. However, My Central Jerseyreports that there are some pretty big companies who use standardized test scores as a part of the application process.
Why? In the article, Jonathan Wai, an intelligence expert and researcher at Duke University’s Talent Identification Program (TIP), says the SATs are considered to be a measure of “general intelligence and general ability.” He added that research has shown that general ability “actually predicts occupational success across a range of occupations.”
Some of these companies include Amazon, Goldman Sachs, and McKinsey. And of course, Testive asks for SAT & ACT scores when we're hiring coaches since they need to have scored in the top 1% of the test they're going to coach.
This may seem scary, but don't let it intimidate you! It mostly just means that, even though some schools are paying less attention to scores, a few employers are still paying attention (for now).
Here are some other articles that have been published in the past month that offer helpful information:
- U.S. News has some advice for International students who are hoping to attend university in the States.
- Time Magazine has some tips on asking teachers for recommendations.
- If your student is thinking about starting college in the spring rather than the fall, U.S. News has 6 facts to help your student prepare.