The College Board is rolling out a redesigned SAT, slated to be given for the first time in March 2016. After a complete overhaul, the test is now designed to quiz students on the skills that are most valued by colleges. If you will be taking the new SAT, you may be wondering how the test is different, what you can expect, and how you can best prepare yourself to address these new questions. Here’s a look at some of the most challenging questions on the new SAT: 1. Data interpretation questions in the SAT Reading test The SAT Reading test will no longer be a mix of questions on vocabulary and prose. On the new SAT, all of the questions ... Read More About 4 Most Challenging Questions on the New SAT
As a college applicant, it is up to you to demonstrate your strengths to your prospective college. Your high school transcript, resume, and personal statement all provide admissions officers with valuable insight as to who you as a student and who you as a person. However, colleges also often require a letter of recommendation from those who have worked closely with you in an academic or professional setting, such as a teacher or a former internship supervisor. These recommendations allow the college to get to know you beyond your test scores and see how others view your character. Although the content of the letter may seem out of your hands, ... Read More About 5 Things to Consider When Seeking Teacher Recommendations
Varsity Tutors brings you insider tips and advice straight from nationally recognized admissions experts. Anne M. Richard provides pre-law and educational consulting at AMRichard Consulting, which she established in 2014. She earned her undergraduate degrees in English and economics and her master’s degree in economics at Boston College before attending Yale Law School, where she earned her law degree. In addition to her experience working in private practice and as a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, she has served as dean of admissions at three top-tier law schools—The University of Virginia School of Law, The G ... Read More About Ask a Law School Admissions Expert: Anne M. Richard
Each year, millions of incoming and current college students fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, better known as the FAFSA. Completing the FAFSA allows students to see if they qualify for federal grants, loans, and scholarships to be used to help pay for college—maximizing their search for financial aid. Completing a FAFSA requires students and their families to fill out dozens of forms summarizing tax returns, demographic information, and personal information the year preceding the one in which the student plans on attending college. This means that a student who will attend college for four years may complete four F ... Read More About What are the FAFSA Changes for 2017-18?
The tutors behind Varsity Tutors are not just here to teach – they’re sharing their college experiences as well. Alexandra earned her bachelor’s degree in biology at Oberlin College and is pursuing a master’s degree in elementary education at John Hopkins University. She lives in Chicago and specializes in ACT Science tutoring, ACT Reading tutoring, writing tutoring, and several other subjects. See what she had to say about her experience at Oberlin College: Describe the campus setting and transportation options at Oberlin College. Alexandra: Oberlin College is in the very small town of Oberlin, OH, about 40 minu ... Read More About What is it Like to Attend Oberlin College?