This free college planning website provides a simplified way to navigate
the college process. You will find answers to your many college planning
questions and you won't be asked to provide your name or any other
personal information.


How to begin the college process.

What it takes to get into a Highly Selective College.

How to appeal a college decision.

How high a score you need to qualify as a National Merit Semi-Finalist.

How to increase your chances if  you are wait listed.

Tips and strategies for the college essay.

College opportunities for students with learning disabilities.

Options if you don't want to go to college.

Academic summer programs for high school students.

And much more.

How To Begin

You may want to begin with the category
Choosing A College. This section
will cover the basic information you need in order to get started.

If you are a junior or senior in high school, you should take a look at the
College Planning Calendar. This calendar includes a monthly check-list of
important things to do in the area of college planning.

As you continue your research, you may explore each category that interests
you.  If you have questions that are not answered, you can check the
Frequently Asked Questions section.

After working for many years as a college/career advisor in a public high
school where 98% of the students attend college and 85% attend a four year
college, I have gained a great deal of knowledge about the college process
and I would like to share it with you.

Good luck with your college search!


SAT and Subject Test Dates

Oct. 11, 2014
Nov. 8, 2014
Dec. 6, 2014
Jan. 24, 2015
March 14, 2015 (SAT only)
May 2, 2015
June 6, 2015

Sign up for the SAT at: www.collegeboard.com


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Public high schools normally take the PSAT on Saturday and private high
schools normally test on Wednesday. Check with your high school for PSAT
sign up information.

ACT Test Dates

Oct. 25, 2014
Dec. 13, 2014
Feb. 7, 2015 (no New York testing)
April 18, 2015
June 13, 2015

Register for the ACT at: www.actstudent.org

WHAT'S NEW...............

   NEW SAT in SPRING 2016

David Coleman, president of College Board, announced a new PSAT will
be available in 2015
and the first full length practice tests will be released
in spring 2015. The new SAT will be available in March 2016.

The current vocabulary section will be replaced with common words
used in context
and more relevant to college coursework.

The math section will concentrate on proportional reasoning, linear
equations and linear functions
. It will include precalculus.

An optional 50 minute analytical writing section will be included. Direct
evidence and arguments will be required.

NEW ACT in 2015

A new ACT will be available on computer in 2015.  Paper copies will also
be available.

The new test will have free-response question and students will be able
to manipulate on-screen images to form conclusions, according to Jon L.
Erickson, president of ACT Inc. education division. The content won't be
changed. It will continue to be based on what is learned in the classroom.

KHAN ACADEMY is creating practice problems and free instructional
videos. They will be available in spring 2015.


The essay questions for the Common Application have changed.

New prompts:

Select one and write no more than 650 words.

1. Share a story that is central to your identity.
2. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure.
3. Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea.
4. Describe a place or environment where you are perfectly content.
5. Discuss an accomplishment or event that marked a transition from
childhood to adulthood within your culture, community or family.



New information on Gluten Free College Dining Experiences
(See the Frequently Asked Questions Section)

Colleges with strong gluten-free support:



Many college fairs will be held throughout the country.

Check www.nacacnet.org for a location near you.


Academic Resume: Highly Selective Colleges Page
Appealing A College Decision: Appealing A Decision Page
Common Application: College Essay Tips Page
FAFSA: Financial Aid Page
Gap Year: Gap Year Page

Gluten-Free kitchens on college campuses: Frequently Asked Questions
Letters of Recommendation: Highly Selective Colleges Page
Learning Disabled Information: Colleges for Learning Disabled Students
National Hispanic Recognition Program: National Merit Scholarships Page
National Merit Scholarship Cut Off Scores: National Merit Scholarships

PSAT Information:   National Merit Scholarships Page
Summer Programs: Summer Programs Page
Testing Information: How To Choose A College Page
Wait List Information: Getting Wait Listed Page

Also see the Index on the left side of the page.
College Planning Simplified