Lee Bierer - Nationally Syndicated Columnist and Independent College Counselor.

Is ACT or SAT best for you? – Part II

Depending on type of student, one test may be better than other. Most colleges now accept the SAT or ACT tests. But the tests differ in content and style: the ACT is seen as content-based, the SAT more critical thinking and problem solving. Last week’s column focused on the basic differences     Continue Reading...

Lee Bierer - Nationally Syndicated Columnist and Independent College Counselor.

Everything you ever wanted to know about standardized tests, but were too afraid to ask – Part I

Just say the words “standardized tests” to a family with a high school junior and you can see everyone’s blood pressure jump. Parents are concerned because they are hearing conflicting messages regarding the importance of these tests. It used to be that most college admissions decisions were     Continue Reading...

Lee Bierer - Nationally Syndicated Columnist and Independent College Counselor.

Spring break means it’s time for campus visits

Spring break is coming and for any family with a high school junior, that means it’s time for a road trip. This is part two of my suggestions on how to make the most of campus visits: Let them know you’re there – make sure you register in the admissions office so they have a record     Continue Reading...

Lee Bierer - Nationally Syndicated Columnist and Independent College Counselor.

Road trip: How to make the most of campus visits

When planning your campus visits for spring break, don’t fall into the overbooked trap of “If it’s Tuesday it must be Tulane.” Over-scheduling fosters frayed nerves and in the end, a far less productive trip. To get the most bang for their buck, families typically try to     Continue Reading...

Lee Bierer - Nationally Syndicated Columnist and Independent College Counselor.

Parents have several roles on campus visits

It’s almost time for spring break season. For many high school juniors that will mean loading up the minivan and heading out to visit college campuses. Many families believe in empowering their high school students during the college admissions process. However, the campus visit planning, often     Continue Reading...