Friday, November 2, 2012

Sample College Admission Essay - under 500 words

6:15 AM. Book-Bag. Check. Cheer uniform. Check. Snack. Check.

Cheerleading has become an indispensable component of my being, and since becoming a member of the squad, my life has never been the same. I have established many outstanding friendships, learned to work well with others, overcome many obstacles, and blossomed as both an athlete and as a student. When I first enrolled in XXXXXX  High School, I became a cheerleader. From early on, I had witnessed my older sister, XXXX, enjoy the sport and I aspired to participate in it as well.  

As I approach my senior year of high school, I can’t help but reflect on my years as a student-athlete. One of my greatest elations manifested from joining the cheerleading team at my school, even though being on it faced its unique set of challenges. The paramount obstacle I faced was the incredible time commitment. I was in practice for as long as five hours, and then I’d go to a basketball game for three or four. Sometimes, I had to participate in a pep rally instantaneously after school, then go to a practice, and then get on a car pool to Hofstra University or Mitchell Field for a football game. Oftentimes, sporting events would run much longer than planned, and we were required to sojourn until the very end and assist with clean-up. Conversely, I established incredible time-management skills thanks to cheerleading. As a cheerleader, it is expected that I maintain my grades. Thus, when not at a game, I always made studying my top priority, and vice versa.

Something I am extremely grateful for is that I know, that as a cheerleader, I am representing my school and a icon of school spirit and delight at our school events. Just last week, St. Francis Prep hosted an open house for prospective students. Many of them are just shy of seventh grade. My cheerleading team members and I were all lined up and ready in uniform and pom-poms to greet them creating a warm and friendly ambiance at my school. Knowing that I am frequently looked up to by my peers as a symbol of school spirit gives me immense confidence and pride. In addition, the cheerleading squad is like my second family. Although there were many times when cheerleading was tedious, time-consuming, and trying, I wouldn’t change my sport for the world.

In conclusion, I know that I will deliver much added value to any college. I demonstrate the right commitment, dedication, and attitude required to succeed in an undergraduate institution. I absolutely plan to remain as a cheerleader at the college I shall attend. I am ready now, more than ever, to become the ideal college student and athlete.

I know now that I possess the prerequisite skills I need to make an excellent addition to your University. I eagerly await your reply. 

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Thursday, November 1, 2012

SAT POSTPONED- extension classes at Kweller Prep

All NYC Public School SAT testing has been cancelled
Makeup to be administered on 11/17/2012
Sunday Testing Makeup to be administered on 11/18/2012
Due to the inclement weather, the November 2012 SAT test has been postponed until further notice in most schools (See details below).

The test has been tentatively rescheduled for Saturday November 17, 2012 (Sunday November 18, 2012 for Sunday Testers.)

Kweller Prep will be offering an extension course for the upcoming SAT test. It will include new books and materials and of course, our excellent strategies.

The course will run from Monday November 12, 2012 until Friday November 16

Class meets from 7:00 to 9:00 pm

The course cost is $299 including new books and materials.

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Due to the inclement weather, the November 2012 SAT test has been postponed until further notice in most schools (See details below).

The test has been tentatively rescheduled for Saturday November 17, 2012 (Sunday November 18, 2012 for Sunday Testers.)

Kweller Prep will be offering an extension course for the upcoming SAT test. It will include new books and materials and of course, our excellent strategies.

The course will run from Monday November 12, 2012 until Friday November 16

Class meets from 7:00 to 9:00 pm

The course tuition is $299 including new books and materials.

register by emailing or calling 1 (800) 631-1757

New Students Welcome.

Location at Queens Office Only

Kweller Prep Tutoring & Educational Services
Parker Towers Building 104-40 Queens Blvd Suite 1F
Forest Hills, NY 11375


Taken directly from the college board website:

The College Board is deeply concerned about all those affected by Hurricane Sandy. At this time, our main concern is for the safety of our student test-takers, their families and the educators and staff who help administer the SAT. We are in the process of trying to reach test centers affected by the storms that hit the east coast of the United States. We will be posting information about SAT test center closings for November 2012 as it becomes available.
In the event that we are unable to contact a test center, students and parents should assume that if the school is closed on Friday, November 2, it will not be administering the SAT this weekend. Students can also contact SAT customer service at 866-756-7346 to check on the status of their test center.
Students for whom the SAT is cancelled on this weekend will receive notification of a makeup date via emailas soon as we are able to schedule it. Alternatively, they may choose to transfer their registration to another national administration at no charge.
To the best of their ability in current conditions, SAT Test Center Supervisors are asked to notify local media outlets if their centers are unable to open due to effects of Hurricane Sandy. In addition to the list of closings below, the College Board will distribute a list of test center closings to local media outlets on Friday afternoon.
Students whose test centers are closed should not try to test elsewhere on test day — supervisors cannot admit standbys or walk-ins


June 2009 SAT topic:

Assignment: Do we benefit from learning about the flaws of people we admire and respect?

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Paragraph 1

            Sometimes, the same people who we admire may have flaws that make them less than admirable. Nonetheless, sometimes we learn more by being conscious of people’s flaws than from what makes them venerable. It has been noted by a prominent writer that, “The discovery that someone we admire has done something wrong is always disappointing and disillusioning… Yet, even when people we consider heroes have been tarnished by their faults, they are no less valuable than people who appear perfect….great ideas and great deeds come from imperfect people like ourselves.” Examples to support this are found throughout famous literary works. One illustration is in the novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by protuberant author Mark Twain. In this narrative, the protagonist learned from the flaws of his father, thus leading him to become less like him in the future. Another classic illustration is in the tale, The Scarlett Letter, by legendary author Nathaniel Hawthorne. Here again, a child acknowledges the flaws of her mother and is determined to never repeat them herself. Both paradigms elucidate examples where children benefit from learning about the flaws of the same people they were meant to look up to.
Paragraph 2

            In the novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by famous author Mark Twain, the protagonist, Huckleberry Finn is an adolescent boy who is raised in a conservative Southern Society. The town where he was raised was St. Petersburg Missouri, a modest community, filled with G-d fearing church-goers, children with nearly perfect school attendance, and clean tree-lined suburban homes and streets. However, the family of Huckleberry Finn is nothing like the norm in his community.  Huckleberry Finn’s father, “Pap” Finn, was the town drunk, and beat him regularly while his mother was nowhere to be found.  While a child intuitively admires and respects his dad, and a parent is generally a role model, Huckleberry Finn benefitted greatly from observing the flaws of his abusive father. In fact, in one scene, Huck had to fake his own death to escapes from Pap’s incessant physical abuse, killing a pig and spreading its blood all over the cabin. Consequently, Huck learned to be nothing like his father when he grows up, and as such, by observing Pap’s flaws at a young age, he was able to benefit from them.


         Another instance in a novel where a character benefits from observing the flaws of someone who she admires and respects is in The Scarlett Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, the protagonist, Hester Prynne, decided to pursue a forbidden courtship, committing adultery and ultimately having a child out of wedlock with the once esteemed Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale. Hester was to wear the Scarlett Letter “A” to remind her of the sin she had committed. Pearl, Hester Prynne’s daughter, realized the turpitude that her mother committed. Again, while a parent is generally someone who a child admires and respects, Pearl learns immensely her mother’s flaws. In fact, it is Pearl who provides the harshest, and most penetrating, judgment of her mother.


              In conclusion, literary works support the notion that sometimes, benefits are derived from learning about the weaknesses of individuals who are praised, commended, and much-admired. As expressed in the first example, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by prominent author Mark Twain, a child can learn greatly from the flaws of his father.  Additionally, in the literary work, The Scarlett Letter, by legendary author Nathaniel Hawthorne, a daughter acknowledges the flaws of her mother. In both instances, the children made the decision not to follow in their parents’ footsteps.  Both children benefited by learning about the flaws of their parents and resorted to not repeat them.

Paragraph 1:
THESIS STATEMENT (Taken from assignment)
QUOTE the BOX (do a “…” to connect the BUT statement
Introduce Example 1
Introduce Example 2
Restate Thesis
Use plenty of transitions, variety in sentence structure, and be CLEAR

Paragraph 2
Restate Thesis
Only focus on Example 1
CONNECT ex 1 CLEARLY to thesis
Restate Thesis
Use plenty of transitions, variety in sentence structure, and be CLEAR

Paragraph 3
Restate Thesis
Only focus on Example 1
CONNECT ex 1 CLEARLY to thesis
Restate Thesis
Use plenty of transitions, variety in sentence structure, and be CLEAR

Paragraph 4
THESIS STATEMENT (Taken from assignment) statement
Re-Introduce Example 1
Re- Introduce Example 2
Restate Thesis
Use plenty of transitions, variety in sentence structure, and be CLEAR

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Kweller Prep in the New York Times!

Every year, eighth graders hoping for a spot at one of New York City’s top public high schools sit down for two and a half hours of reading comprehension, logical reasoning, algebra, geometry and scrambled paragraphs in what is formally called the Specialized High School Admissions Test but informally known simply as “the test.”
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The exam this year was, as usual, to be given to most students in a single weekend, with about 19,000 children scheduled to show up to their testing site this past Saturday and 14,000 more on Sunday. But that simple plan fell victim, like so many others, toHurricane Sandy’s approach. The Education Departmentadministered Saturday’s part as planned but rescheduled Sunday’s for Nov. 18, three weeks later.
Three weeks is a long time in the life of an eighth grader — even more so for eighth graders who had been studying hard all summer. It is also a long time for the private tutors and test preparation centers that help these students.
Cory Zacker put it succinctly Monday morning via Twitter: “SHSAT rescheduled to Nov 18th for thousands of students. Hang in there, you have a few more weeks to prepare.”
Ms. Zacker runs Mosaic Tutoring, which operates out of the Upper West Side but sends $100-an-hour tutors to students’ homes across the city. Among its pupils were four who were scheduled to take the exam on Sunday. “They all got in touch with me,” she said, “and said: You know how we thought we were done? We’d like to continue.”
“Most of them were disappointed. They really felt they were ready to go; then the rug gets pulled out from under you,” she said. “They weren’t thrilled about it. But they’re using the time wisely.”
Kennedy Test Prep, in Flushing, Queens, had about 40 children studying for the test, mostly through a $599 course of 10 three-hour classes. “I’m probably going to get e-mails from parents who missed the Sunday S.H.S.A.T. asking me to do a little extra work,” Daniel Kennedy, the owner, said. “If we’re talking about the S.H.S.A.T., I’ve seen students learn a lot in three weeks.”
Another tutoring service, Kweller Prep, blogged that it was offering a $499 course from Nov. 5 to 16 with “new books, materials and test questions.”
For those students who took the test on Saturday and fear that its contents will leak out, giving their cohort a greater advantage, there is no cause for alarm, the Education Department assures.
“The process for administering the S.H.S.A.T. each year always spans multiple weeks,” said Erin Hughes, a spokeswoman for the Education Department, “whether it be for Sabbath observers, those requiring special accommodations during testing, or the makeup testing period. To account for the multiple days of testing, students who test at different times are provided different versions of the exam. The same will occur this year.”
Elisa Schmidt, 13, is hoping her scores will help her make the jump from Holy Child Jesus School in Richmond Hill, Queens, to Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan or the Bronx High School of Science, two of the eight schools that use the test for admission, when she starts ninth grade next year. She took the exam on Saturday and was not pleased to hear that others got a reprieve until mid-November.
“I thought it’s not very fair because they have three more weeks to study, and that can amount to a lot for some of them,” Elisa said. “It makes it a little bit harder for some people because the test is based not really on how good you are but how good everyone else is in comparison. I think it makes a difference in what school some people are going to get into.”
But if she had been offered the chance to postpone her own exam, she is not sure she would have accepted it. “It would have been more time to study,” she said, “but it would have also been more time to worry.”

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Monday, October 29, 2012

Hunter High School 2013 ELA & Math Cut off Scores

What are the cut-off scores for the ELA & Math?

For those taking the January 2014 Hunter Entrance Exam:

The qualifying cutoff score for 2014 Hunter Entrance Exam is 343 in math and a 346 in ELA. That means that your current 6th grader can take the test if he or she scored a 343 or higher in math and a 346 or higher in ELA when he or she took the test in April of 2013 (last school year, in the 5th Grade). No exceptions to this rule. Don't waste your time calling Hunter and asking to let your kid test if he or she missed it by a couple of points.

Congratulations for those of you who made it in! Kweller Prep Hunter classes start as early as Sept 21 for those interested.

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ü Small groups of 8 students
ü 10 Simulated Hunter High School Practice Tests
ü Hand-grading & Thorough Explanations
ü Top-Notch Books, Materials, & Instructors
ü Excellent Core Math & English Test-Taking Strategies
ü Excellent Critical Reading, Comprehension, Writing, Grammar and Vocabulary Building, and Essay Writing Techniques

Course Dates: November 17, 2012 - January 6, 2013
Test Date: Friday, January 11, 2013
Locations in Queens & Manhattan

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Queens: Parker Towers 104-40 Queens Blvd Suite 1F, 11375
Manhattan: Regis Towers 445 Park Avenue Suite 9A, 10022

Is Kweller Prep the Next Big Thing?

It never ceases to amaze me how many students and families show appreciation for the Kweller Prep program in the neighborhood. Open 7 days a week, with a nearly 100% success rate of getting middle school students into specialized high schools of their choice, and getting high school students into the colleges of their choice, Kweller Prep is certainly doing something right.

But the founder, Frances Kweller, is not a school teacher. In fact, she is a fully licensed NYS attorney, who opened Kweller Prep years ago on credit cards after seeing a gap in the education system and need in her childhood community to better understand the education system.

To date, nearly 2,000 students and families have come through her door.

Maybe it's the monthly workshops for parents.

Maybe it's the incredible amount of time spent with each admitted student.

Maybe it's that Kweller Prep, a tutoring program founded by Attorney Frances Kweller, has expanded it's educational services to include high school and college tours.

Maybe it's that the class size never exceeds 8 students.

Whatever the case, this program is effective. And one after the other, Kweller Prep kids succeed.


So why does it feel that Kweller Prep is working when, so many times, public and even private schools are not?

So much talk of how test prep centers are responsible for "teaching kids."

So many kids saying they learned more 1 hour with a tutor than 1 week at school.

Maybe schools should model themselves after tutoring centers?

Clearly, test prep centers like Kweller Prep are doing something right.

Sample Short Answer to the College Application

This is a simple, clean, clear response to the essay prompt. Most importantly, this essay remains in the student's voice.


Short Answer:
Steps Ahead is a dance studio in Howard Beach, except it taught me so much more than just dance. I blossomed at Steps Ahead, first as a student from the tender age of four years old to becoming a dance instructor myself at seventeen.  When I was younger, I used to always look up to and admire my dance teachers. As a small shy child, dance was frequently my only escape, where I could shed my shyness to embrace my confidence from within. For years, I looked forward to going to dance everyday. My teachers pushed me to become not only a better dancer, but also a better person and I will never forget all that they’ve done for me.

I was selected to attend La Guardia High School for the Performing arts, in part due to my high SHSAT test scores and moreso as a result of my excellent audition for the school’s dance team. I knew that without years of practice at Steps Ahead, I never would have made it in. That shy girl from within disappeared the day I got my acceptance letter.


As early as my freshman year of high school at La Guardia, the school dance coach recognized that I had talent. She invited me to become her assistant teacher. That very moment gave me flashbacks to all those times I spent with my teachers’ assistants and how their role as an assistant played such a made such a lasting impression in my life. I became overjoyed with the thought of stepping into their place. I have been an assistant to my dance teacher for 4 years, and it gives me great pleasure to know that I am someone who the students can look up to. This experience truly allows me to become a role model for the students. It brings a smile to my face to know that I am apart of their life in such a positive way and I hope and pray to influence them to reach their fullest potential.


October 26, 2012

Dear Parents and/or Guardians:

Unfortunately, the SHSAT has been cancelled in all 5 boroughs for all Sunday testers.

It has been rescheduled for Sunday November 18th at the same respective locations.

Kweller Prep will offer the Math and English core classes for the SHSAT for $499 from November 5-16, 2012.

We will use new books, materials, and test questions.

One-on-one tutors are available to work around your child's schedule as well.

The course will meet from 5:00 to 8:00 pm, Monday to Friday for two solid weeks before the Nivember 18th 2012 test.


Celebrity College Scholarships!

The Christopher Reeve Award

Christopher Reeve was more than just Superman; he was super at giving back. Throughout his lifetime, he gave to the Make a Wish Foundation and Save the Children.

In order to qualify for the Christopher Reeve Award, students should be nominated by a non-relative who must detail the student’s community service efforts in the application. The application should show the student’s “tremendous passion and caring in serving his or her community.”

The Christopher Reeve Award is worth $1,000 and nominations are accepted between September 1 and October 31 each year.

Michael and Juanita Jordan Scholarship

Michael Jordan has turned his slam dunks in scholarship opportunities for students. The Michael and Juanita Jordan Scholarship is open to juniors in Chicago, Illinois.

To apply to the Michael and Juanita Jordan Scholarship, students must fill out the FAFSA as well as have a 3.0 GPA.

The Michael and Juanita Jordan Scholarship is worth $5,000.

G-Unity Scholarship

G-Unit makes more than music; they make scholarship opportunities. The G-Unity Scholarship is available to students attending Queensborough Community and LaGuardia Community Colleges.

To qualify for the G-Unity Scholarship, students must be high school graduates of Campus Magnet School, Hillcrest High School or Springfield Gardens High School. Additionally, students must have a cumulative GPA of 70 or higher, consistent attendance, two letters of recommendation as well as have written a brief essay for the scholarship.

The G-Unity Scholarship provides a credit to each recipient’s tuition bill for $1,400 each semester. Scholarship winners also receive a $150 credit to the bookstore each semester.

Letterman Telecommunications Scholarship

David Letterman pays tribute to his home state and college with the Letterman Telecommunications Scholarship.

The Letterman Telecommunications Scholarship is open to full-time students who are telecommunications majors or minors. While grades are not a criterion, applicants must have a goal to become a professional in the telecommunications industry.

The Letterman Telecommunications Scholarship recipient will receive $10,000 toward their education. First runner-up will receive $5,000 and second runner-up will win $3,333. This year’s deadline is Monday, March 28th

The Alec Baldwin Drama Scholarship

Alec Baldwin graduated from the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU in 1994, and in 2009, he made a very sweeping gesture to herald his alma mater. The thespian donated $1 million to start the Alec Baldwin Drama Scholarship Fund.

The Alec Baldwin Drama Scholarship is open to students who not only possess talent but also an outstanding work ethic, leadership skills, willingness to collaborate, and ability to take risk as well as constructive criticism.

Alicia Keys’ Open Doors Scholars Program

Throughout her music career, Alicia Keys has been quite vocal as well as active in helping to provide education for America’s youth.

Alicia Keys’ Open Doors Scholars Program is open to students in Jacksonville, New Orleans, Atlanta or New York City’s Harlem, who are part of the organization, Frum Tha Ground Up.

Each scholarship from the Alicia Keys’ Open Doors Scholars Program is worth $5,000.

Scholarship Seinfeld Program

Jerry Seinfeld isn’t joking around about the Scholarship Seinfeld Program. The aim of this program is to give back specifically to the students of New York City. Each year, the program selects recipients from a specific borough of the city, and this year, they’re selecting from public high schools in Queens.

To qualify for the Scholarship Seinfeld Program, students must be from the specified borough, graduating with a GPA greater than 85, planning to enroll in an accredited four-year college or university and demonstrate financial need.

The Scholarship Seinfeld Program covers up to $10,000 of any unmet need; including tuition, room and board, books, etc. Applications are available each year in December.


John Lennon Endowed Scholarship

The John Lennon Endowed Scholarship began as a donation to the United Negro College Fund from Yoko Ono after Lennon’s tragic death in 1980.

This scholarship is open to college students with a cumulative GPA of 3.0. Students applying for the John Lennon Endowed Scholarship must also be communications, mass media arts, performing arts or mass communications majors.

The John Lennon Endowed Scholarship is worth up to $5,000, and the deadline is in January each year.

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