Easiest Route to Ivy League May Be Playing Rich Kids Sports

The Atlantic has an insightful new article that exposes how powerful the advantage of playing a "rich kids sport" can be for getting into top colleges: The Cult of Rich Kid Sports. These rich kid sports are water polo, squash, crew, lacrosse, and skiing, activities that require money to learn how to play. At Harvard, … Continue reading Easiest Route to Ivy League May Be Playing Rich Kids Sports

“Side Door” Acceptances into Elite Colleges

William Rick Singer is the college consultant who helped some rich and famous people cheat their way into elite colleges. Singer's "side door method" helped those unable to scale the ivy walls via merit (front door) or donations, influence and connections (back door). The San Francisco Chronicle concisely sums up Singer's modus operandi: * Administrators of … Continue reading “Side Door” Acceptances into Elite Colleges

Trends in College Admissions

Trends in College Admissions An Eventful Year Are SAT Subject Tests (SAT IIs) on their way out? Today, few institutions require the tests, and many require them only of STEM and engineering applicants. What this means is that for many students, 11th grade is not the nightmare it used to be. For more information: Are the … Continue reading Trends in College Admissions

Harvard Admissions Secrets Revealed

Does Harvard set a quota on how many Asian-American students are accepted and are acceptance standards for Asian-Americans higher than for other racial groups? A case seen as a referendum on affirmative action is taking place in Boston, with possible repercussions on admissions not only at Harvard but at all colleges. For an excellent discussion … Continue reading Harvard Admissions Secrets Revealed

New York City’s Leading Private School Consultant for 20 Years

New York City's Leading Private School Consultant for 20 Years We are proud to announce that in 2019 Abacus Guide Educational Consulting will celebrate our 20th year helping students find and get into top New York City and Westchester schools. It's a been a very satisfying journey for everyone involved. As NYC's leading private school … Continue reading New York City’s Leading Private School Consultant for 20 Years

Specialized Science High Schools’ and Harvard’s Admissions Controversies

. Lisa Belkin does a great job summarizing elite schools' admissions controversies that have recently been in the news: . Two school admissions policies made news last week for opposite reasons — Harvard University, because it is accused of admitting too few Asian-American students, and New York’s most selective public schools, because the city’s mayor … Continue reading Specialized Science High Schools’ and Harvard’s Admissions Controversies

Avenues College Admission

Avenues college admission--how good is it? My clients who are interested in Avenues The World School are always most interested in knowing how this relatively new, for-profit school is doing with college admission. Since Avenues will just have its first graduating class in 2016, families are concerned whether graduates will be able to be placed … Continue reading Avenues College Admission

Is It Worth Paying a NYC Tester to Discuss Your Preschooler’s IQ Test Results?

Manhattan testers often offer a fee-based service: interpreting your child's IQ test results.  Many concerned parents, often first-time parents,  eagerly sign up.  For example, if a child's IQ test scores are uneven, a nervous mom may want to understand how this could have happened. Parents worry if their children have deficits.  IQ tests like the … Continue reading Is It Worth Paying a NYC Tester to Discuss Your Preschooler’s IQ Test Results?

Anthony James Green Launches The Perfect 12 SAT Essay Manual

My friend and colleague Anthony James Green has just launched his eagerly anticipated new book, The Perfect 12 SAT Essay Manual.  Anthony writes: Getting a perfect SAT Essay score is easy.  But if you want to do it, you need to understand one thing: The SAT Essay has NOTHING to do with good writing.  Getting a … Continue reading Anthony James Green Launches The Perfect 12 SAT Essay Manual

NYC Private School Interviews: How to Ace the Admissions Interview

From a client today: We had a busy day yesterday!  We had our parent interview at <well-known Manhattan private school> and we were soooooo glad to have been prepped by you.  It went very well! Hooray!  At Abacus Guide, we prep parents and middle and high school students for private school interview success.  If you're … Continue reading NYC Private School Interviews: How to Ace the Admissions Interview