Test-Optional College Admissions

Evelyn Jerome-Alexander, M.A., CEP Evelyn Jerome-Alexander, M.A., CEP
Posted at April 3

As things are moving quickly in the world of college admissions, we’re hearing a lot about colleges deciding to go test-optional, even if it’s just a temporary move.  What do colleges mean when they say they are test-optional, and who benefits from a test-optional admission process?

Why do colleges go test-optional?
Colleges decide to go test-optional for different reasons.  There are studies showing different data about what the SAT and ACT actually indicate, whether or not they correlate to students’ ability to succeed in college.  Additionally, some studies indicate that the tests discriminate against different types of students.   You may believe the tests show intelligence, and that a higher score means you’re smarter than someone who has a lower score, but that’s not necessarily how colleges interpret test scores.

When colleges announce a new test-optional policy, they may be attempting to level the playing field, to attract more students who don’t necessarily ...more

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Foundation for Teaching Economics
Posted at March 18

With the situation regarding COVID-19 changing hourly, we have changed application requirements and deadlines for our summer programs.

1) The deadline to apply to all FTE programs has been extended to April 15, 2020.

2) With schools closing nationwide, we understand that obtaining letters of recommendation and transcripts will be challenging. Effective immediately, we are waiving the application requirement for a letter of recommendation and high school transcripts.



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Coronavirus Throws Colleges A Curveball

Evelyn Jerome-Alexander, M.A., CEP Evelyn Jerome-Alexander, M.A., CEP
Posted at March 14

In between running to pick up your kids from what could have been their final day at school in person for the semester and dashing to the supermarket to grab the last package of TP, you might have a few questions about how coronavirus will impact your child’s college application process.

Hopefully this post will provide some answers.  Feel free to contact us if you have questions specific to your child’s college admission process.

Class of 2020

You’re probably right in the throes of receiving your college admission decisions.  Congrats!  A handful of colleges are still reviewing application files; most colleges have reviewed files remotely for years and can easily transition back to remote file review as they make their final admission decisions.  You’ll get your decisions soon!

However, if you didn’t visit all of the colleges to which you applied, and were planning to visit during spring break, you may find yourself in the strange position of having to make a decis...more

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FTE Summer Programs and COVID-19

Foundation for Teaching Economics
Posted at March 6

The Foundation for Teaching Economics (FTE) is closely monitoring the outbreak of COVID-19. FTE is in close contact with our campus partners. Based on current conditions, all programs are proceeding as planned. Should a campus closure require the cancellation of a program, full refunds of the program fee will be given. For participants who voluntarily withdraw, refunds will be made according to the FTE stated refund policy and schedule.


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Quick Webinar: Three College Admission Tips for Parents

Evelyn Jerome-Alexander, M.A., CEP Evelyn Jerome-Alexander, M.A., CEP
Posted at February 7

Happy to present our '3 College Admission Tips for Parents' webinar



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Foundation for Teaching Economics
Posted at 12/20/2019

Excited to announce that Foundation for Teaching Economics has posted the summer 2020 student applications along with all of the sites, dates and types of programs that we will be hosting next year! Check it out here: 2020 Program Sites and Dates


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Paying for College

Evelyn Jerome-Alexander, M.A., CEP Evelyn Jerome-Alexander, M.A., CEP
Posted at 11/6/2019

For many families, the stress of paying for college has increased the anxiety level for the entire, already-stressful process.  Helping parents navigate this part of the maze has become an ever-more important role for those of us who guide families through the college search and application experience.There’s a flood of information about there about paying for college – sometimes offering advice on how to maximize your eligibility for need-based aid, even if they don’t know your individual financial situation.  There’s so much information that you’ll begin to wonder what’s true and what’s not, and what really applies to you.  So we’ve curated some information for you here that we think is useful to everyone.  You are not alone in your concern about paying for college!

How can you educate yourself about HOW the college financial aid process works?  Here’s a good starting point – spend 30-ish minutes watching our Financial Aid webinar.  This will give you so...more

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What's the Difference Between Early Decision and Early Action?

Evelyn Jerome-Alexander, M.A., CEP Evelyn Jerome-Alexander, M.A., CEP
Posted at 8/28/2019

We’ve posted information about the differences between Early Decision, Early Action, Restricted (or Single Choice) Early Action, Rolling Admission and Regular Decision in past articles, but if you aren’t quite sure of what these mean, this post is for you!

If you're a reader - read below!  If you'd rather watch a short video with the info, click here.

Early Decision

  • Binding contract.
  • Student, school counselor and parents sign an agreement saying that if student is admitted, s/he WILL ATTEND that school.
  • Must withdraw all other applications if admitted.  This means you will never find out if you would have been admitted to UC X or Y Other College.
  • Must place a deposit at school within a few weeks of being admitted.
  • Counselor agreement says the counselor will ONLY send the student’s final transcript to that college if student is admitted.
  • May only apply to ONE college ED.
  • The ONLY acceptable reason for not honoring an ED commitment is if the college does not meet your DEM

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