Free Downloads from Smart College Visit
Dec04

Free Downloads from Smart College Visit

Some free resources to help you along your college journey: COLLEGE / CAMPUS VISITS Student-to-Student Questions to Ask on a College Visit (PDF) – keep this list of questions handy and note how answers vary by student and by each campus you visit. Campus Visit Evaluation Form (PDF) – keep track of each visit, likes and dislikes, and any other notes to better help you evaluate (and later remember) each college. SAT / ACT TEST PREP All You Ever Need to Know about SAT and ACT (PDF) – published by Bell Curves and Smart College Visit, this guide covers four areas of test prep to help you prepare for the SAT or ACT: environment, scoring, content and test taking tricks. COLLEGE VISIT TRAVEL PLANNING Smart Fuel Calculator (online) – Easy to use fuel calculator to help plan costs when visiting colleges. College Visit Tip: To save money on travel to visit colleges, create you own travel bundle and book hotel and flight together on Smart College...

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Takeaway Tweets & Transcript from #CampusChat with Akil Bello, Bell Curves
Aug26

Takeaway Tweets & Transcript from #CampusChat with Akil Bello, Bell Curves

 Most Wednesday evenings, CampusChat is a lively, lighthearted conversation with an expert on topics related to college life, campus tours, or college admissions. My expert guest and co-host was Akil Bello, co-founder of Bell Curves, a test preparation and tutoring services company in New York. Test Prep was the topic of the August 25, 2010 chat and, instead of "light" or "lively," I'd say the conversation was more like "intense" and "engaged."  Getting into college is serious business and no one denies the important role test scores play when it comes to college admissions. While we debated whether or not the SAT and ACT is good or bad, our opinions really don't matter. The truth is that test scores are real and admissions counselors do consider them when reviewing applications.  Our conversation began by looking at when, or how, a parent (or student) determines test prep help is needed. Akil made these recommendations: akilbello: There is at least one free practice test available for ever major test. Have them take one timed. #campuschat akilbello: Best way to choose between SAT and ACT is to take a free practice test of each #collegechat Others added: SuzanneShaffer: I would recommend they take those practice tests early–sophomore year #campuschat jeannieborin: @akilbello big believer in practice tests – compare these tests to amarathon - and no one would show up to that w/out practice #campuschat RELATED RESOURCES  College Board's SAT 2009 Profile Rep http://bit.ly/9QVXqA A free ACT is found here (PDF) http://www.act.org/aap/pdf/preparing.pdf A free SAT is here http://sat.collegeboard.com/practice/sat-practice-test According to Akil, the biggest advantage to test prep is that the students become familiar with the nuances of the test itself and the information covered on the test. Learning the "how" is just as important at the "what." And while we focused on how test scores are used or perceived whether you are a student, parent, or admissions professional, Megan Wilson, from WCU reminded us that college admissions is still a human process: @megs0124: Students need not be afraid to call schls&chat w/admiss about their scores.I love hearing from concerned students. #campuschat The complete transcript is available here from...

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