How I Did It: Getting into University of Pennsylvania & Working with Frontier Tutoring – Matt’s Story

Posted by Kimberly Hewitt on Friday, October 20, 2017

 

Matt F. is a 2017 graduate of South Anchorage High School who completed a College Admissions Consulting program with Frontier Tutoring during the 2016/17 school year.  He also improved his ACT score by four points after taking our ACT Prep Class during his junior year.  Matt is now a freshman at Penn, where admitted applicants have an average high school GPA of 3.84 and SAT score of 1520/ACT score of 34.

 

In this second installment of our How I Did It series, we're giving you a first-hand account of what it's like to go through the college admissions process with a professional advisor.  Now, let's hear from Matt, along with his mom, Melissa, as they tell us about their experiences working with Frontier Tutoring in a College Admissions Consulting program.

 

 

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Topics: College Admissions, ACT, SAT, College Admissions: Explore Early, College Admissions: Build Your Application Assets, 11th Grade - Juniors, 10th Grade - Sophomores, 12th Grade - Seniors, College Admissions: Apply Right, College Admissions: Test Well, Anchorage

How I Did It: Getting into Reed College & Working with Frontier Tutoring – Hannah’s Story

Posted by Kimberly Hewitt on Thursday, September 14, 2017

 

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Topics: College Admissions, ACT, SAT, College Admissions: Explore Early, College Admissions: Build Your Application Assets, 11th Grade - Juniors, 10th Grade - Sophomores, 12th Grade - Seniors, College Admissions: Apply Right, College Admissions: Test Well, Anchorage

Rising Seniors College Admissions Checklist: Four Summer Focus Areas

Posted by Kimberly Hewitt on Saturday, June 17, 2017

 

With junior year classes in the rearview mirror, summer is the time for rising seniors to roll up their sleeves and lay the foundation for a successful college application process.  In this post, we’ll run through a checklist of four college admissions priorities for rising seniors to work on this summer.  Specifically, we’ll show you how to finalize your college list (the one thing upon which nearly all other decisions depend), determine your SAT/ACT plans, begin essays and applications, and identify financial aid and scholarships.  The checklist includes two essay planning exercises which many of our students have used as the basis for highly successful college application essays.  Let’s get to work!

 

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Topics: Financial Aid & Scholarships, ACT, SAT, College Admissions: Explore Early, College Admissions: Excel Academically, College Admissions: Build Your Application Assets, 12th Grade - Seniors, College Admissions: Apply Right, College Admissions: Test Well, Anchorage

When to Prepare for and Take the SAT/ACT (Including PSAT/National Merit Info)

Posted by Kimberly Hewitt on Tuesday, May 09, 2017

 

10th and 11th graders: If you’re like many students, your SAT or ACT scores will play a significant role in your competitiveness when applying to colleges, with 88% of colleges placing considerable or moderate importance on students’ standardized test scores for admissions purposes.1  Given the importance of your SAT/ACT scores, how should you develop your testing calendar and plans?  In this article, we’ll explore the best time to prepare for and take the official SAT or ACT—including whether juniors should consider the new summer SAT being offered in August 2017, plus what sophomores should do over the summer to determine whether they may be competitive for National Merit recognition on their junior year PSAT.  But first, let’s start with a high-level overview of SAT/ACT testing strategy.

 

 

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Topics: SAT Subject Tests, ACT, SAT, 11th Grade - Juniors, 10th Grade - Sophomores, 12th Grade - Seniors, College Admissions: Test Well, Anchorage, PSAT

PSAT & National Merit Scholarship Guide for Alaska Students

Posted by Kimberly Hewitt on Friday, May 05, 2017

 

NOTE: This post is targeted at rising juniors (10th graders as of May 1, 2017).  If you have already taken the PSAT (11th graders of May 1, 2017), check out this post instead.

 

Summer is a great time for rising juniors to learn about the PSAT and determine whether it’s worth preparing for the test to potentially qualify for recognition and funding under the National Merit Scholarship Program.  Alaska students earning Semifinalist, Finalist, or Winner status have access to generous scholarship opportunities at a variety of colleges. In this post, we’ll break down what’s on the PSAT, how the National Merit Scholarship Program works, and what rising juniors should do ASAP, ideally by August, to see where they stand.

 

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Topics: Financial Aid & Scholarships, ACT, SAT, College Admissions: Build Your Application Assets, 11th Grade - Juniors, 10th Grade - Sophomores, College Admissions: Test Well, Anchorage, PSAT

SAT Subject Tests: Six Things to Know

Posted by Kimberly Hewitt on Thursday, May 04, 2017

 

SAT Subject Tests could be an important part of your college admissions profile.  In this post, we'll cover critical things to know about SAT Subject Tests—like the fact that there is still a penalty for guessing, unlike the regular SAT.  We'll also discuss other FAQs from Alaska students, including which colleges require SAT Subject Tests, what makes for a competitive score.

 

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Topics: SAT Subject Tests, 11th Grade - Juniors, 10th Grade - Sophomores, 12th Grade - Seniors, College Admissions: Test Well, Anchorage

Four Facts About Your High School GPA for College Admissions (Plus an All-New GPA Calculators Kit)

Posted by Chelsea Vining on Thursday, March 16, 2017

 

Of all the things college admissions officers evaluate in your application, your high school grades by far carry the most weight.  (As you'll see in the graph below, the next most important factors are, on average, the rigor of your coursework, your SAT/ACT scores, essay, and recommendations.)  As a high school student, what do you need to do today to ensure your GPA is competitive with the norms for the colleges and scholarships you're interested in before it's time to apply?

 

 

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Topics: 9th Grade - Freshmen, Downloads & Printables, College Admissions: Excel Academically, 11th Grade - Juniors, 10th Grade - Sophomores, 12th Grade - Seniors, Anchorage

Taking Practice SAT/ACT Tests: Why, When & How

Posted by Kimberly Hewitt on Saturday, February 11, 2017

 

 

At Frontier Tutoring, we encourage every college-bound high school student in Anchorage to take advantage of our free practice SAT/ACT testing at the right time as part of their test prep strategy.  And many do—last year, over 40% of Anchorage School District students who took the SAT/ACT electively signed up for a Frontier Tutoring practice test first.  But why, when, and how, exactly, should you sign up for practice tests?  We’ve put together a few tips to help you get the most out of this important resource and navigate the standardized testing and college admissions process.

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Topics: ACT, SAT, 11th Grade - Juniors, 10th Grade - Sophomores, 12th Grade - Seniors, College Admissions: Test Well, Anchorage, PSAT

PSAT Scores Are Out: Alaska National Merit Info

Posted by Kimberly Hewitt on Monday, January 02, 2017

 

If you took the PSAT in October as either a 10th or 11th grader, you should have received your scores last month.  What do your scores mean?  How do they relate to the SAT/ACT?  How does the National Merit Scholarship Program work, and what are the Alaska qualifying scores?  Ultimately, now that you have your scores, what should you do next?

 

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Topics: Financial Aid & Scholarships, ACT, SAT, College Admissions: Build Your Application Assets, 11th Grade - Juniors, 10th Grade - Sophomores, College Admissions: Test Well, Anchorage, PSAT

Numbers Game: Competitive GPA & SAT/ACT Scores at the 49 Most Popular Colleges for Alaska Students

Posted by Kimberly Hewitt on Wednesday, November 23, 2016

 

 

 

When it comes to college admissions, numbers aren’t everything—but how much do they count?  In this post, we’ll discuss the holistic college admissions evaluation process and the relative weights of various parts of your application.  We’ll also give you access to our latest publication, The Frontier 49, which features average GPAs and SAT/ACT scores, along with admission rates, for the 49 most popular colleges where Alaska students apply.

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Topics: College Admissions: Explore Early, 9th Grade - Freshmen, College Admissions: Excel Academically, 11th Grade - Juniors, 10th Grade - Sophomores, 12th Grade - Seniors, College Admissions: Test Well, Anchorage