Posts Tagged 'college entrance'

How Can You Tell if Your Child Is Really Being Recruited for University Athletics?

Every year, thousands of excited high school students receive phone calls, letters, and pats on the back from the athletic coaches of their dream colleges.  But only a tiny percentage actually make it to the courts, diamonds, fields, and stadiums of universities, leaving those hopeful high school graduates wondering what went wrong.  Is your child actually being recruited for college sports?  Why do many colleges lead students into thinking they have a prized spot on their athletic team? Continue reading ‘How Can You Tell if Your Child Is Really Being Recruited for University Athletics?’

Using SAT and ACT Score Choice and Superscore to Your Advantage

Most students know that in order to apply to college, they must take the SAT or ACT. Yet far fewer students know the policies for submitting these tests to colleges, and the guidelines colleges use when considering test scores. With the College Board’s relatively recent introduction of Score Choice for the SAT, in addition to disparate policies on superscoring at universities across the country, deciding what to do (or not do) with your SAT and ACT scores has become a complex process. This article will guide you through the concepts of Score Choice and superscoring, and will explain how and when you can use them to your advantage. Continue reading ‘Using SAT and ACT Score Choice and Superscore to Your Advantage’

Planning Summer Break: Activities that Look Best on College Applications

It’s February, and school work, clubs, and winter sports probably dominate your freshman, sophomore, or junior’s daily thoughts and routine.  Consequently, summer break may seem like a long way off.  The fact is, however, summer activity opportunities are currently becoming available, and the rosters for these activities are already filling up.  In other words, now is the time to plan ahead while summer prospects that expand your student’s passions and look great on college applications are still available.  What activities do both?  Read on for specific advice about the best summer activities for your high school student from a college admissions perspective. Continue reading ‘Planning Summer Break: Activities that Look Best on College Applications’


Starting junior, and sometimes even sophomore, year, students begin to think about colleges and college applications. One big question students ask is, should I take the SAT or the ACT? There is a lot of pressure surrounding this decision, which can make taking the test even more stressful. Don’t be intimidated by these tests. This article will highlight the main differences between the tests and serve as a good starting point for juniors and sophomores. Continue reading ‘SAT vs. ACT’

Cardinal Education Featured in Parenting on the Peninsula

Cardinal Education provides a concise yet informative guide to the college admission process in the November 2011 issue of Parenting on the Peninsula. We discuss topics such as intended major, extracurricular activities, and essay writing.  Continue reading ‘Cardinal Education Featured in Parenting on the Peninsula’