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I HAVE GOOD GRADES BUT MY SATS AREN’T THAT GREAT. WHAT CAN I DO?

Let us help you craft the writing components of the Common Application and Supplement Questions. If your writing is strong enough, you can overcome lower SATs. You can also become more realistic about your “reach-match-safety” list – this is key to ensuring admission to a college in which you will succeed and be comfortable with the workload. Scroll down to read the question, "How Do You Actually Work."

WHAT IS THE WRITING SECTION OF THE COMMON APPLICATION LIKE?

There are 3 parts to the Common Application: the Activity List; the Personal Essay; and the Additional Information Page. Each is an important element in telling a complete story about the student. Great essays and a solid application are key to getting you into the college of your choice and winning scholarships. We have been incredibly successful with our writing strategies.

I AM HAVING TROUBLE SETTLING DOWN AND WRITING THE COMMON APPLICATION, WHAT CAN I DO?

You are not alone. Many students find it difficult to write essays for the Common App because they don’t know what is expected. Getting organized on a schedule is key to writing. If you cannot do this, please call us – we have 20 years experience with students of all levels and writing styles. We are able to organize each and every student because we know what is expected and how to execute the Activity List, the Personal Essay, and the Additional Information Page.

HOW DO YOU ACTUALLY WORK?

Dr. Martin works directly with each of the 35 students in the program. A phone interview, 30 minutes, covers all areas of your high school experience and an essay topic is created. You are then sent 10 questions to answer prior to the Writing Day.

On the Writing Day, we organize these answers, discuss your thoughts, and construct the essay, activity list, and additional information page. Two other days are scheduled to complete the supplement questions.

After that, all written materials are given a 3 day “rest." All essays are edited again and then are sent to two other editors - grammar, structure, and logic are evaluated and refined.

Our method has been developed to place you in comfortable surroundings at home - you are more relaxed and your writing is better. Computer technology has eliminated the drudgery of commuting to and from offices and writing boot camps, thus saving time and reducing stress.

The beauty of the program is that you are done in 3 days!

The results prove that our method works. View the Successful Placements and Scholarship pages.

WHERE SHOULD I APPLY TO COLLEGE?

Every student has some idea about where he or she wants to go. The most important step in applying to a specific college is the ability to answer the question: Why do I want to go there? If you do not know why, then you need to do more research about the college and questioning of your personal goals. Once you understand what you want out of a college education, you will then be able to match goals to the strengths of a specific college.

WHAT ARE SOME IMPORTANT FACTORS IN CONSIDERING A COLLEGE?

Travel time between home and college should be paramount on any list of factors, whether by car, train, or plane. Consider both the financial as well as the emotional cost of traveling long distances. Once that is determined, make a map with your home in the middle and draw a travel time distance around that. Consider only colleges in that circle. In addition, CollegeStartOnline has developed its own “College Choice Matrix” which quantitatively evaluates all the qualitative factors in comparing colleges. Our results have been outstanding in helping students determine which colleges are ED, EA, or regular admission.

WHAT DO COLLEGES MEAN BY THE ACADEMIC INDEX (AI)?

The AI is a combination of the student’s GPA and SATs/ACTs. Each college has its own critical AI, the number that the student must reach in order to be considered for admission. There are exceptions to this number – exceptional Common Application essays, extraordinary extracurricular activities, and special circumstances. This is why the writing section of the Common Application is so important, especially at colleges which now make standardized testing optional.

I AM ANXIOUS OVER COLLEGE INTERVIEWS, WHAT CAN I DO?

Prepare and practice! CollegeStartOnline’s eBook lists the 20 most frequently asked questions at college interviews and devotes an entire chapter to preparing, what to wear, how to act. The best advice is: Smile, Firm Handshake, and Look the Interviewer in the Eye. The first few seconds of the interview may determine the next thirty minutes, so start off with a good first impression. If you sign up for our program, we will also put you through a mock interview and teach you how to take charge of an interview.

HELP! WE ARE GOING TO NEED FINANCIAL AID, WHAT SHOULD WE DO?

FAFSA is a form that students and parents complete when applying for financial aid. Many people feel it is a complicated task, but if you take the emotion out of it, it simply becomes a form to fill out. The best tip is to complete the application as early as possible.

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