A Few of My Favorite / Most Useful, Free SAT Resources:
Free “Ask Me Anything” Online Webinars:
Parents interested in learning more about the SAT, college admissions, application strategy, and anything else related to the college process are invited to free “ask me anything” sessions online three times a week, where I’ll answer all your SAT, college, and academic questions, and often be joined by some of the best college consultants and admissions experts in the country.
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NCAA Information on college athletics, divisions, scholarships, and more. http://www.ncaa.org/wps/wcm/connect/public/ncaa/academics
NCSA 35,000 College Coaches Use NCSA to Find Athletes. http://recruit-match.ncsasports.org/fasttrack/landing/general/faces.jsp?lnkSrc=SAEF-PPC&Gcamp=A05Recruit03-PEF&gclid=COXj9vrXv7ACFQ-AhwodQjKJpw Varsityedge Varsityedge provides information for parents, student-athletes, & coaches on the college recruiting process and what it takes to play at the next level. Here you will find information on athletic scholarships, recruiting, financial aid, recruiting rules, college applications, visiting schools, life as a college athlete, coaches/player interviews, NCAA rules, and much more.http://www.varsityedge.com/
Picking the right college for you:
Student Reviews Reviews of colleges by students, What do students say? Reviews of U.S. 4-year colleges and 2-year community colleges by college students and alumni. http://www.studentsreview.com/ Colleges That Change Lives (CTCL) Colleges That Change Lives, Inc. (CTCL) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement and support of a student-centered college search process. We support the goal of each student finding a college that develops a lifelong love of learning and provides the foundation for a successful and fulfilling life beyond college. http://www.ctcl.org/
College Board College Search
Although there’s no magic formula for choosing a college, you can start by asking yourself some questions that help most students find the right fit.
Use this guide to:
- Learn about some key college search categories.
- Answer questions to discover what’s important to you.
- Get advice from college students and educators.
https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/find-colleges/how-to-find-your-college-fit/college-search-step-by-step Princeton Review Browse our college rankings section, evaluate different schools, and pick the best match to meet your educational goals.http://www.princetonreview.com/college-rankings.aspx US News Education Use our exclusive rankings to find the best college for you. The US News search tool will help you narrow your search to find the perfect college. http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges
Financial Aid Resources:
Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on the web: www.fafsa.ed.gov
To Request a PIN code: www.pin.ed.gov
To search publications (i.e. the Student Guide): www.studentaid.ed.gov
Computer Assisted Scholarship/Grant Help
FastWeb: www.fastweb.com Scholarship Search: http://www.scholarships.com/financial-aid/college-scholarships/ College Board Scholarship Search: https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/scholarship-search Zinch: http://www.zinch.com/scholarships/search?gclid=CP3vvNvbv7ACFY4FRQodjRhKoQ Grant Search by State: http://www.collegescholarships.org/grants/state.htm
Student Loan Information
National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS): nslds.ed.gov
NSLDS was designed for student and parent borrowers to track and manage their federal student loans and/or grants.
Concordance table / official SAT / ACT conversions:
The official ACT site here: http://www.act.org/aap/concordance/
Test Prep for Parents
My book, Test Prep for Parents. It’s awesome.
Free SAT Diagnostic Exam:
You can find a free, downloadable SAT diagnostic exam using the following link: http://sat.collegeboard.org/practice/sat-practice-test This is an actual SAT offered by the College Board, with grading rubric included. Please follow all instructions exactly. We also highly recommend that you printthe test and take it on paper to emulate a real test.
What do colleges want?
One of the best ways to learn more about prospective colleges and what they’re looking for in student applications is at College Data, which can be accessed here: http://collegedata.com/ The College Data admissions tracker is especially useful for tracking specific colleges and their current admissions trends. You can access the admissions tracker here: http://www.collegedata.com/cs/admissions/admissions_tracker.jhtml I also highly recommend that you check out my article, How to Get Into College in Four Easy Steps, by visiting the following link: How to Get Into College in Four Easy Steps Cheers! Full ACT Diagnostic Exam
Best Value Colleges:
Following is a link to the list of Best Value Public Colleges, as evaluated by Kiplinger’s: http://www.kiplinger.com/tools/colleges/ Here is a list for best overall value colleges (not necessarily cheap, but simply a “good value”): http://www.usatoday.com/news/education/best-value-colleges
College Evaluation and Decision-Making Resources:
You can find an Amazon link to the Fiske Guide, a highly recommended college rating book, using the following link: http://amzn.to/JVr386 ”The Student’s Guide to Colleges,” as mentioned in our interview: http://amzn.to/JVrRKb A guide to colleges for students with learning disabilities can be found here: http://amzn.to/JtWjso The Best 376 Colleges according to Princeton Review can be found here: http://amzn.to/JdQRJy ”Cool Colleges,” a book about excellent colleges for more alternate students: http://amzn.to/JVrC1K
Official College Rankings:
You can find the official US News and World Report rankings for every major college and university using the following link:http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges
Best Score-Optional Colleges:
You can find a full list of all score-optional colleges and universities using the Fair Test website using the following link:http://fairtest.org/university/optional About.com also offers an excellent list of the top 20 Score Optional colleges at the following URL:http://collegeapps.about.com/od/choosingacollege/tp/great-schools-low-sat-scores.htm
Recommended Books for the SAT and ACT:
If studying for the SAT, you should purchase the following three books: The Official College Board SAT Guide: http://amzn.to/JA2ZaQ Barron’s SAT: http://amzn.to/JQFDtp McGraw Hill’s 12 Practice SATs: http://amzn.to/JdSTtd Additionally, we highly recommend purchasing Anthony’s new book,Own the SAT, which can be purchased at www.OwnTheSAT.com If studying for the ACT, you should purchase the following three books: The Real ACT (3rd Edition): http://amzn.to/IGb0aw McGraw Hill’s 10 Practice ACT Tests: http://amzn.to/KLfOeT 1,296 ACT Practice Problems: http://amzn.to/IGb61U
College Contact Information:
There are two great ways to find specific college admissions and financial aid departments’ contact information. The first is to go to:http://CollegeData.com From there, search for a particular college on the site – the Admission office contact details are listed under the Admission tab and financial aid contact is listed under the Money Matters tab. Another good source is each colleges’ website; looking at Admission and Financial Aid tabs should provide contact details. Simply Google specific schools and you’ll find each school’s website, which will always list these contact numbers for you.
Local and Outside Scholarships:
The best resource we’ve found thus far for full scholarship searches is COLLEGE PROWLER. This website has a ridiculous amount of information on college scholarships, and free membership entitles you to incredible search resources. Just use this link to peruse the site: College Prowler Scholarship Search We also recommend Zinch, a resource software which not only improves your application, but uses an incredible database to search out and gain scholarships for you. You’ll love it! Zinch College Admissions and Scholarship Software Cheers! Let us know if you find any incredible scholarship resources and I can add them directly to my database.
The Common App:
Following is the official resource center on the Common Application, including the list of schools which use it and a free download of the form. We recommend that you download it as soon as possible to understand what’s asked, and to prepare your thoughts regarding the application as soon as possible! https://www.commonapp.org/CommonApp/default.aspx
To learn more about the incredible 80/20 principle and how it applies to standardized testing, please visit our article on the topic, hosted at Test Prep Authority: http://TestPrepAuthority.com/testingandthe8020principle
SAT 2s and Subject Test Resources:
For Anthony’s free, three-part guide on selecting the right SAT Subject Tests to take (and studying for them properly), simply click on the link below – it’ll teach you everything you need to know about the topic: All You Need to Know About the SAT Subject Tests (SAT 2s) Following is the College Board resource center on SAT Subject Tests. Use it to register, to find out which tests are offered, and to learn more general information on these exams:http://sat.collegeboard.org/about-tests/sat-subject-tests/faq Following is the official College Board book on ALL subject tests. Be sure to use THIS book, and no others, when decicing which subject tests you want to take, as it’s the most accurate and indicative of the material tested: Official College Board SAT 2 Subject Tests Guide
Speed Reading and Advice:
For our free article on speed reading and how it can help your SAT and ACT scores (and college performance in general), please visit our free article on the topic here: http://www.TestPrepAuthority.com/speedreading We also very highly recommend the book Speed Reading for Dummies, which can be acquired via Amazon here: Speed Reading for Dummies More than anything, speed reading simply requires an attitude adjustment and a lot of practice. Read my article first to get a feel for what it takes, then use the Speed Reading for Dummies book to take your skills to the next level. You can explain speed reading in seconds, but it takes a long time to master. Get on it!
Personal Tutoring Resources:
I’ve personally trained an elite group of SAT tutors to provide 1-on-1 instruction to clients anywhere in the world via online software. If you’re interested in learning more, you can email info@EliteScoreSociety.com for a booking sheet and extra information.
You can also email “Network” to SAT@AnthonyJamesGreen.com, in which case I’ll send you a full list of all recommended 1-on-1 tutoring resources.
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Early Decision and Early Action Schools:
You can find a list of all schools using the Early Decision option here: http://www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/applying/applying-101/articles/2009/09/30/colleges-where-applying-early-action-helps You can find a list of all schools using the Early Action Option here:http://www.scholarshiphunter.com/collegeshaveearlyaction.html
How to Register for the PSAT and PLAN:
You can learn more about registering for the PSAT, including dates and registration directions, using the following site:http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/psat/reg.html You can learn more about registering for the PLAN (the PSAT for the ACT), including dates and registration directions, using the following site: PLAN (the PSAT for the ACT)
ACT and SAT score ranges by college:
About.com has an excellent list of colleges throughout the college with a 25-75 split system for SAT and ACT scores. Use the following link to go to their A-Z list of scores by college: http://collegeapps.about.com/od/choosingacollege/a/CollegeProfiles.htm You’ll notice that, when you scroll down, scores are given in a “split range.” In other words, an SAT Critical Reading score might be presented as: 620-700. This is the “25%-75% split.” What it means is that only 25% of admitted students scored below a 620 on their Critical Reading section, whereas only 25% of admitted students scored above a 700. I If you are below a 620, it will be very difficult to achieve admission to this school. If you’re within the middle range, your application will be opened and reviewed along with all other applicants’. If your score is above the 75% range, you’ll have a large leg-up in terms of admissions and scholarships. To find out how much scores MATTER to each school, simply go to: http://www.CollegeData.com Under Admission tab. There are check boxes indicating how much testing is emphasized “very important…somewhat important”…etc. Use this data to weigh your college application decision based on your estimated scores.