Friday, December 1, 2017

Basic Facts & Assumptions-read this first!

GRADES ARE #1
Grades are always the #1 thing colleges examine for admissibility. #2 is the rigor of courses you are enrolled in: college prep, honors and AP courses. If you are easily earning As in college prep courses, colleges expect you to move up. #3 are test scores (ACT or SAT). Are your scores consistent with your grades? A student with a 3.9 GPA and 550 SAT scores indicates a terrific work ethic that is overcompensating for average test scores. A student with 640 SAT scores and a 2.8 GPA is an underachiever: the test scores say the student is far more talented than the B- average he or she is earning in high school. At most colleges, scores and GPA must be commensurate. Students with the high GPA and so-so test scores should consider test-optional colleges, and students with the B average & high test scores need to work on their grades as much as possible, especially senior year. Use collegeboard.org & Naviance to see which colleges are a good match for you.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Want to Participate in College Athletics?

Those who intend to play sports in college have additional work to do. Some extra tasks are:

Sunday, May 7, 2017

FAQs from Sophomores

I visited Mr. Cilley's Ignatian Leadership classes in April 2017 to answer their questions about college. Here are the most frequently asked questions:


  1. what's a good SAT score? 550 on each section is the national average, and that's a good score if you have a B average at Cheverus. If you are an A student, your scores should be commensurate, in the 600s and up.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

SAT and ACT: Info & Prep

ACT & SAT
Many colleges require standardized testing for admission. All colleges take both exams, the ACT and the SAT, and show no preference for either exam.