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Time for College: A Parent 12/11/2017

Time for College: A Parent’s Guide to the College Scene

Are you ready to send your child off to college? Are you unsure where to start in preparing for your child’s college career? Do you know the best approach for financial aid and how to complete a FAFSA form? Do you know that there are thousands of available scholarships? What is a good timeline for SAT/ACT test preparation?

We have a team of experts that will answer all of your questions and guide you in the right direction. Many parents/students start this process in their senior year of high school. This severely limits your child’s options. We suggest starting the college process in a student’s sophomore/junior year of high school.

Please join us for a three hour seminar that will discuss: how to select the school that best fits your child’s needs/interests, financial planning, completing the FAFSA application, tips on completing the college application, available scholarships, and how to prepare for the SAT or ACT test.

Let us help you get ready for the big day when your son or daughter heads off to college!

Hosted by All-Pro Tutoring & Test Prep – www.allprotutoring.com

Both parents and students are welcome to attend. Fee: $25 per family

Saturday, February 3, 9:30am-12:30pm.

To register contact Niagara Univerity's Office of Continuing Education at 286-8189.

The BEST SAT® Prep Course in WNY! 12/05/2017

The BEST SAT® Prep Course in WNY to be held at Niagara University!

Includes three simulated SAT® tests. Perfect schedule to prep for upcoming official exams.

We don’t want you to spend over $1000 for other SAT® prep classes, but we do want you to get the prep material that you need to do your best!  That’s why we redesigned this program and will provide you will all you need…for a lot less. So, get ready to ace your SAT test! This 33-hour comprehensive course offers an in-depth study for the SAT® test.  As a student in this class, you will receive dynamic and interactive classroom instruction, proven test-taking strategies, relevant and up-to-date testing information, Barron’s SAT® 29th edition study manual, and three simulated SAT® tests.

Fee: $795 - To register contact Niagara University's Continuing Education Department at (716) 286-8189

Class Schedule

Date

Day

Start Time

End Time

Session

April 7

Sat

9:00am

2:00pm

Course Overview/Simulated Test 1

April 9

Mon

6:00pm

8:30pm

Class: ELA

April 11

Wed

6:00pm

8:30pm

Class: Math

April 16

Mon

6:00pm

8:30pm

Class: ELA

April 18

Wed

6:00pm

8:30pm

Class: Math

April 23

Mon

6:00pm

8:30pm

Class: Essay Overview

April 25

Wed

6:00pm

8:30pm

Class: Math

April 28

Sat

10:00am

2:00pm

Simulated Test 2

April 30

Mon

6:00pm

8:30pm

Class: ELA

May 2

Wed

6:00pm

8:30pm

Class: Math

May 5

Sat

 

 

Official SAT® Test Date*

May 19

Sat

10:00am

2:00pm

Simulated Test 3

June 2

Sat

 

 

Official SAT®  Test Date*

 

2018 SAT® test dates are: March 10, May 5, June 2, August 25, October 6 & November 3.                                                                                           

*Course does not include scheduling and registration costs for the official SAT® test.

Success! 11/25/2017

                

Congratulations to some of our recent students who worked so hard to increase their test scores. We are so excited for all and want to share their score boost with you!

K. S. from Amherst High School raised her SAT score from 1220 to 1360. Up 120 points!

A. R. from Williamsville North High School raised his SAT score from 1290 to 1410. Up 120 points!

K. H. from Chesteron Academy raised her SAT score from 1000 to 1050. Up 50 points!

J. B. from Grand Island High School raised his SAT score from 1110 to 1270. Up 160 points!

J. S. from Grand Island High School raised his ACT score from 21 to 29. Up 8 points!

D. R. from Depew High School raised his SAT score from 1080 to 1140. Up 60 points!

B. M. from Williamsville North High School raised his score from 1340 to 1430. Up 90 points!

E. B.  from Pioneer High School raised her ACT score from 33 to 35. Up 2 points!

H. B. from Williamsville East High School raised his SAT score from 900 to 1,250. Up 350 points!

T. C. from St. Joseph's Collegiant Institute raised his Geometry Regents Exam score from 70 to 83. Up 13 points!

H. T. from Amherst High school raised her SAT score from 970 to 1170. Up 200 points!

D.C from Canisius High School raised his SAT score from 1110 to 1190. Up 80 points!

M.R. from Frontier High Schol raised her SAT 1280 to 1290. Up 10 points!

B. W. from Canisius High School raised his SAT 930 to 1140. Up 210 point!

 

Starting the College Search: How Parents Can Help 11/16/2017

Finding a college that is a good fit and affordable for your teen can be overwhelming with thousands of colleges to choose from. There isn’t a magic formula for building a college list, but there are a few key steps you can take as you and your high schooler start the college search and learn about your financial aid options.

  1. Explore your financial aid options. The most important thing you can do is work with your teen to figure out how to pay for college. Completing the FAFSA during your their senior year of high school, searching for scholarships, including local scholarships and opportunities offered by your employer, and saving for your teen’s education are important steps that can help lessen the financial burden of college.

  2. Determine what your teen is looking for in a college. It’s important to have an open and honest conversation with your teen about what they’re looking for in a college.Do they want to attend a school located in a city or a more suburban or rural setting? Do they want to go to a large school or somewhere smaller? Do they have a particular major in mind?Discussing the answers to questions like these can help you and your teen narrow down their options and identify the “must haves” when it comes to building their college list.

Visit colleges and attend college fairs. Visiting a college is a great way to get a feel for a college and whether your son or daughter might want to apply there. When you’re on campus, make sure to give yourself plenty of time to explore and talk to lots of different people, including students, professors, and staff.

  1. BigFuture’s Campus Visit Checklist can help you make the most of your visit. If you can’t make it to a college campus, you can learn a lot about different colleges online or by attending a college fair.

  2. Get advice. You aren’t alone and neither is your son or daughter. Talk to people around you who may have gone through the experience as well—family members, other parents, teachers, school counselors, faith leaders, or other community members.Talk to them with your teen about their college goals and get their suggestions. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, especially if this is the first time you are navigating the process!

Through the entire college application process, BigFuture, the College Board’s free college planning tool, can help you and your teen. Use our College Search tool to find colleges based on the characteristics that are most important to you and save your college list with your College Board account.

One of the best things you can do as a parent during this time, is to be supportive. It can be a stressful time for both you and your teen, so focus on the destination, and enjoy the journey.

And don’t forget to celebrate the successes and milestones along the way. Putting in the hard work now will be worth it when your teen gets that college acceptance letter in the mail!

By Cassandra Larson, Executive Director for the Access to Opportunity Program at The College Board.

For your college planning needs/questions contact All-Pro Tutoring & Test Prep (716) 400-2767 or 310-3319. We are partnered with Send Your Kids to College, Western New York's only nonprofit college planning organization.

Planning Your College Admissions Test Prep Timeline 10/26/2017

Freshman Year: No standardized test for you. Work on your grades!

Sophomore Year:

October – if your school offers the PSAT, it’s a good idea to take it. The PSAT is a “P”reliminary SAT; the contents is similar to the SAT, but the PSAT is shorter, easier, and essay-less.

Two main benefits of taking the PSAT as a sophomore:

  • It’s good practice for the SAT and a PSAT score will show which areas of the test you might be weaker in.

  • It’s good practice for your junior-year PSAT (listed below).

The benefit of taking the Pre-ACT as a sophomore:

  • It’s good practice for the ACT and a Pre-Act score will show you which areas of the test you might be weaker in.

Junior Year: 

October: it’s a good idea to take the PSAT.                                                                                 

The two main benefits of taking the PSAT as a junior:

  • It’s good practice for the SAT.

  • A good score can earn you National Merit recognition, which may include a scholarship!

(See http://www.nationalmerit.org/nmsp.php)

Spring:

  • SAT/ACT – You will likely start taking one or both of these at this point (technically, you can take these tests earlier, but it’s always better to wait until junior year, when you’ve studied the requisite content, especially the math). Each test is offered three times during the spring, but the dates are staggered so that the ACT and SAT are never on the same weekend.                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

  •  SAT subject Test – These are one-hour multiple-choice test in specific subjects (e.g., Spanish, U.S. History, Biology) given on the  same dates at the SAT. You cannot take both the SAT and a Subject Test on the same date, but you can take up to three Subject Tests, which are a good way to show off your strengths. Remember that students opt into the Subject Test, so take the ones in area where you know you will excel.

Senior Year:

Fall: Hopefully you’ve taken the SAT and/or the ACT, and/or the Subject Tests by now, but if you want to improve your scores, you’ll have one or two more opportunities usually in October and November. Although some colleges may not accept scores from November test dates. Check with your college counselor to be absolutely sure.

Spring: Enjoy life! You got into college! All your dreams are coming true! And that’s due in large part to the fact that you planned out early which tests you would take and when you would take them.

Please contact us if you have any questions/concerns regarding the ACT or SAT tests. 

Also don't forget to register for our FREE Simulated ACT/SAT tests.

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