Saturday, September 1, 2012

Application for Extended time for the ACT

This is the 2011 application

You also need a letter from a Doctor, and IEP, a master letter of Recommendation, and report cards and similar documentation addressing the substantial and detrimental impact NOT  having the extended time will have on you.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Do Colleges See my PSAT Score?

 Do colleges see your PSAT scores? 

Yes. If you do well. You can also request to report your PSAT scores if you score well enough to be commended as a National Merit Semi- finalist. Basically, colleges hear about you for the first time if you perform well on this test. Otherwise, they hear nothing until you actually apply....Colleges don't care about a low PSAT score. They care about a high one because that probably means you will do very well on the SAT. 

There is this huge misconception that the PSAT is not important, that no one will ever see or know your scores. Even other test prep companies and school guidance counselors mis lead you to believe this, and it couldn't be farther from the truth. 

When you do well on your PSAT, colleges know!  Your score is not hidden in some secret database, opened only with a master lock and key.

I've seen a number of Kweller Prep students receive letters of praise from top colleges, based strictly off their PSAT scores. The letter sounds something like this: 

"Dear Krystle, based on your outstanding PSAT score, we at Harvard University invite you to apply to our fine college. We are going to waive the application fee based on your PSAT score. We know, just because you did so well on your PSAT, that you will probably do super well on your SAT, and we will likely want you as our student. We wish you continued success in your endeavors." 

More formally, colleges may send you a letter that sounds like this: 

"Your PSAT results and self-reported GPA tell us that you’re a great candidate for admission."

No such letter usually means no high score. It's like the fancy lexis car is coming to you !!! It's saying, here, you have proven yourself, and now you can have me on a discount !!!

Also some high schools put high PSAT scores on student transcripts for colleges to see. 

Look, the bottom line is that in this economy, you should encourage your child to do everything he or she can to save your precious dollars on exorbitant university tuitions.

Having a good PSAT score can really open doors. It can put you a step above the rest, making your child eligible for millions of dollars in preliminary national merit scholarships. 

About the PSAT: 

The PSAT/NMSQTis administered by the College Board, a non-profit company. Students are eligible for millions of dollars in National Merit scholarships if they perform well on this exam. 

The 2012 PSAT test dates are scheduled for Wednesday, October 17 and Saturday, October 20. 

For more information on these scholarships, see:

About  Kweller Prep

Designed for the busy student, Kweller Prep started as a small New-York based test prep and college prep company, but has become one of the top boutique learning centers in the world. Kweller Prep offers online, one-on-one and small group enrichment test prep and courses.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Jennifer Karan, Executive Director, SAT Program at the College Board

Helping Students Be Seen in the College Admission Process
By: Jennifer Karan, Executive Director SAT Program at the College Board

As a former teacher, I know that educators are committed to democratizing the classroom experience – to ensuring equal opportunity for all students.  But with so many external and environmental influences leaving such a heavy mark on resources and instructional designit will likely be a long time before we are able to put all students on an equal footing toward a college education.

Until then, it is critical that college admission officers have a credible way to understand and navigate the differencesamong students from various backgrounds and academicprograms.

The SAT has a proven track record as a fair and valid predictor of first year college success for all students, regardless of gender, race, or socio-economic status. Since its creation in 1926, it has helped students provide evidence of their academic credentials in a manner that eliminates the inconsistencies across high school grading systems and what has become pervasive grade inflation.

The world may have experienced extraordinary change inthe 86 years since the first SAT was administered allowing students from all geographies and circumstances access to higher education’s hallowed hallways, but the benefits of the SAT have not.  Ensuring students are able to reliablydemonstrate their college-preparedness is essential to the admission process and helping students understand where they can achieve success.  

It’s not so easy to do that.

Decades’ worth of external research and research generated by the College Board shows that the SAT is an impartial and effective measure that validates college readiness. Whether a student went to a nationally recognized high school or – in recent years – the financially strapped local public school, SAT scores provide a national, standardized benchmark that neutralizes the risk of grade inflation and allows those who are prepared to stand out.

Students from all over the country submit their SAT scores each year when applying to college. In so doing, these students are providing admission staff with the most objective measure available, ensuring a fairer admissions process in which a hard-earned score is the differentiating factor, rather than a high-school zip code.

With all the inequalities that exist in education today, despite the best efforts and great intentions of dedicated teachers and administrators, it is encouraging to know that there are two million plus students who take the SAT each year—two million plus attempts at eradicating undeniabledisparities in education.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Sample letter requesting extended time

Sample Letter Requesting Extended School Year Services
Date you write your letter (Include month, day and year)
Your name
Your full address
Full name of person to whom you are writing (Special Education Director of the school
Person’s Title
Name of School or office building
Full address of school or building
Dear (Use their title [Dr.; Mr.; Mrs.;] and last name):
I would like my son/daughter, (your child’s name) who has an autism spectrum disorder
to be considered for extended school year services.
I am writing to request an IEP team meeting to discuss adding these services to (your
child’s name)’s IEP.
The next two paragraphs should only be used if they apply to your situation.
(If you believe there are certain individuals from the school that would be helpful at
the meeting, you may make a request for their attendance. *Note: The school has
the right to determine who should attend the meeting.)
I would like to request that (name and position of the individual from the school) attend
the team meeting. I believe his/her input would be a valuable contribution.
(You may wish to bring someone from outside the school setting to the meeting.)
I have been working with (name and position) and will be bringing them with me to the
team meeting.
The following times would work well with my schedule: (List dates and times. It is
helpful if you can offer “windows” of time – example: 3:00 p.m. to 5 p.m. It is also
helpful to offer at least three different dates and times.) Please let me know what times
work best for you.
Thank you for your attention to my request. I may be reached at (your daytime phone
number). I will expect to hear from you by (give a date – example the end of the week;
within five school days of receipt of this letter, etc.)
Sincerely yours,
Your full name


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