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1. Is my GPA the most important part of my high school profile?
A Yes, your GPA is important, but it is only one factor being considered when
a college reviews your qualifications for admission. Other factors being considered
are ACT/SAT scores, community service and extra-curricular activities, high
school club participation, leadership roles, sports – both school and communitybased
clubs, job history and anything else that helps define you as a unique and
2. Which standardized test do colleges prefer – the ACT or SAT?
A Since the SAT was revamped in 2016, there is not much difference between
the ACT and SAT. Almost all colleges, except Ivy League schools which still
prefers the SAT, will accept either exam.
3. When should I study for the ACT/SAT?
A I recommend beginning to study over the summer between your sophomore
and junior year of high school. I suggest you study and take each test once at
the end of summer as a baseline, then pick the one that you are better suited for
and retake that test again at least one more time. DO NOT take any test more than
three times, your score will not improve enough to warrant the time and cost.
4. Do I need to take SAT subject tests?
AVery few colleges or majors require SAT subject tests, so do your research to
determine if you need to take these exams. Ivy League schools, engineering,
computer science, and some pre-professional programs require the exams to gain
admission, so if those exceptions apply to you, then study and take the exams.
5. How many AP classes should I take in high school?
A You should only take as many classes as you can handle well. It is better to
receive an “A” in an unweighted class than a “B” or “C” in an AP class. Choose
classes in which you have a natural talent or high interest, and don’t stress if you
are not taking every AP class offered at your high school.
6. Can I get college credit for AP courses taken in high school?
A If you score a passing grade of 3, 4, or 5 the college you choose to attend MAY
give you college credit. Each college determines whether it will accept the
scores or not so do your research before deciding which college to attend.
7. Should I take a summer scholar program between junior and senior year of high school?
A I strongly suggest you participate in a program that will enhance your college
application and help you stand out from the many applicants applying to your
preferred college. Showing a commitment to your major and your desire to learn
more about it goes a long way on your college application.
8. Should I apply to a college early decision or early action?
A Many colleges give preferential treatment to applicants who apply within one
of their early admission options. However, there are financial commitments
that go along with early decision so do your research before deciding if this is the
right path for you.
9. Is it necessary to declare a major on a college application?
AYes, most schools prefer a declared major since you will be entering a specific
college i.e. The College of Arts and Science. However, if you are unsure you
can usually apply undeclared. Another option is to consider a liberal art’s major.
Research to learn more about it and determine if it is the right choice for you.
10. Should I take on college debt for undergraduate school?
A This question is tricky to answer. If you are planning on going to graduate
school, you should take on as little debt as possible for undergraduate school.
Save your debt for graduate school. It is not unusual to have $100,000+ debt after
graduate school and you don’t want to add to that with undergraduate school
debt. It will greatly impact your quality of life for 20+ years after you finish your