Ethics in the Independent Education Consultant (IEC) Profession

On Tuesday March 12, 2019, a nationwide bribery and fraud scheme to help students gain admission to elite colleges and universities came to light.  This has shocked members of the Independent Education Consultant community and, I’m sure, many parents of students who are currently using or considering using a college consultant to help their son […]

10 Things Any Student Can Do To Improve Their Success

The college process is complex, and you can’t control all the elements, but here are things that you should do to improve your success. Eliminate interruptions during study time. No calls, texts, emails, social media—nothing but you and the subjects. Stop activities that you don’t enjoy and will not add significantly to your college applications. […]

Essential Skills College-Bound Kids Should Know

Prepare for Independence: This is a list of activities students should know how to do before they leave home. The list is long, but not difficult so review and persevere. Sometimes they will have to learn by trial and error. Most of the items listed apply to all students; some will not be experienced until […]

What To Do When You Are Wait Listed

Decide Whether to Stay on the List – Your next step is to respond and let the college know whether or not you want to stay on the waiting list. It makes sense to keep your spot on the list only if you’re really interested in going to the college. Before you decide, find out whether […]


Superscoring is when colleges consider your highest section scores across all the dates you took the SAT or ACT. Rather than confining your scores to one particular date, these schools will take your highest section scores, forming the highest possible composite score. Example of Superscoring: February 2018: English 27, Math 28, Reading 28, Science 28—Composite 27 […]

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ACT to SAT Conversion Table

This is the official table given by and the College Board. Some colleges may use a slightly different table.

College Application Tracker

Application Tracker College Application Checklist Keep Track of Your Applications Stay on top of your application tasks, e-mails, and deadlines. College 1 College 2 College 3 College 4 College 5 College 6 College 7 College 8 College 9 College 10 Applications Download info/application Common application Coaltion application Early application deadline Regular application deadline Essays How […]

11th Grade College Planning Timeline

Eleventh grade is very important in the college planning process, with standardized testing, defining your college list, connecting with teachers for strong letter of recommendation, and keeping your grades high.  This Fall – This year the college search process really gets going. Make your time productive Students should be participating in constructive activities during the year, colleges […]

Cross-Registration Options for Colleges

Attending a school with great cross-registration options can be a terrific way for you to take classes beyond those offered at your home institution, expand your horizons and experience academic life in a completely different setting. The Claremont Colleges, for example, allow students to take classes at any member institution (Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, Pitzer, […]

Your Checklist for Senior Year

Staying on top of the college process is key to your success. Here is a month by month listing of what you need to do. Please stay current and communicate with us. SEPTEMBER ❑ Start to fill out your Common App, Coalition App, or Specific College Apps. Make sure that we see your essays before they are […]

More Questions to Ask on Your College Visit

The more you know about each college, the better your ultimate decision will be. Ask questions and weigh your options. General Academics How much time do students typically spend on homework? How much writing and reading are expected? What is the average class size of introductory classes? How widely used are teaching assistants on your […]

ACT & SAT Test Dates and Registration

College consultants are seeing the more popular colleges’ test scores rising each year. This means that the test score that would have gotten you in the previous year may not be enough next year. Also the new SAT test scores are higher than the old SAT scores (inflation). Please take whichever test you are better at twice during […]

College Interviews

Preparing for college interviews makes an enormous difference in the ability to get the right messages across to the admissions staff. Students can make a strong impression, which may significantly improve their candidacy. Preparation and practice are key. Some colleges have difficult and thought provoking questions while others just want to see if you would […]

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Colleges Check Your Social Media

What does that mean to you? Carolynn Crabtree, President of Cornerstone Reputation shares these statistics: 67% of admissions officers surveyed searched for applicants on Facebook during the 2014­ – 2015 admissions season 40% found content about the applicant that left a negative impression 53% found content about the applicant left a positive impression 81% of schools […]

College Acceptances for 2018

This was another wonderful year for my 20 seniors. As a cohort they received over $4,000,000 in merit aid offers which is the highest amount yet for Annapolis College Consulting. One student received a full ride scholarship valued at $232,000, and two different students received over $700,000 in merit aid offers. On a per college […]