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Kimberly Shepherd
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Friday Funny: Choking back the tears... #ksa #collegeplanning #fridayfunny
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NEWSFLASH: The best way to lose weight is to reduce your caloric intake and increase your activity level. (I hope you were sitting down for that. If not, please sit down for the following mind-altering update.)

"High school GPA is a better predictor of ability to pass college English and math than placement exams or SAT scores, research finds." I can't believe this is an ongoing conversation. Call me if you want to work with someone who doesn't need a study to know this.

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High school GPA is a better predictor of ability to pass college English and math than placement exams or SAT scores, research finds.
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The new SAT has 2 sections: Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, and Math. Each of these sections has a possible score of 200-800, making total scores of 400-1600.

But how do you know if the colleges you're interested in are a match for your scores, when websites and materials aren't yet updated?

Thanks to Compass Education Group - a Cali based test prep and tutoring firm, you can get some insight. They are professionals and an amazing resource.

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With the new SAT and issues with the ACT. I'm getting a lot of inquiries from parents about what tests to take, how to convert scores, etc.

One thing to consider, particularly if your child is not a strong standardized test taker (which every piece of research available says is NOT an indicator of whether they will be successful in college) is TEST OPTIONAL schools.

Over 850 colleges and universities de-emphasize the use of standardized tests by making admissions decisions about substantial numbers of applicants graduating from U.S. high schools without using the SAT or ACT.

Learn more from the fine folks at FairTest

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850+ Colleges and Universities That Do Not Use SAT/ACT Scores to Admit Substantial Numbers of Students Into Bachelor Degree Programs. Current as of Summer 2016. FairTest counts on the support of individuals like you! Please Donate NOW So We Can Keep this List Up-to-Date ...
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Every college makes its own policies regarding prior legal and disciplinary actions on an applicant's record. I"ve been on both sides of this process - advocating for an applicant with a criminal conviction as an admission counselor and supporting a student who applied to college with a suspension on her record.

There is no question that underrepresented students of color are discriminated against in this process. Advocates exist. Most independent counselors like myself do pro bono work. If you know a student facing this challenge who needs support, contact me.

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Schools need to give potential students with criminal records a chance.
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Motivation Monday: Choice is the only tool we have that enables us to go from who we are today to who we want to be tomorrow. http://ow.ly/2DJH300uBrd #ksa #collegeplanning #motivationmonday
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KSA College Planning Vocab: What is IB?  IB stands for International Baccalaureate.




Any school with an IB program is called an “IB school.” Since “IB school” is used as shorthand, it’s important to ask how students participate in IB at any given school. Some schools are 100% IB, but not all. At many high schools there is an IB program that kids may opt into, much like attending a school within a school. If that’s the case, students may participate in IB at different levels, ranging from taking a single IB course to earning an IB diploma. Given this range, it’s crucial to ask what your local school offers and allows.





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This is a fantastic article about the SAT - share with students in your life. Thank you, Steven Salzberg

A VERY important thing to know as you read this is that Steven is the Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Computer Science, and Biostatistics at Johns Hopkins University.

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I took three official practice versions of the SAT math test while helping my daughter prepare. I discovered that the test is mostly a test of speed, and not a true test of math knowledge and ability. Why do colleges put such tremendous weight on such a superficial test?
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Motivation Monday: The Power of Ambition http://ow.ly/XNp4300XZy0 #ksa #collegeplanning #motivationmonday @FSUAdmissions @floridastate
Griffin Furlong never missed a day of class or a day of baseball practice: find out how he overcame some of life's toughest obstacles.
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This is an information-dense article focused on liberal arts colleges. But take a minute to read it, and pay attention to powerful truths like:

"For a partial answer, we probably should consider the influence of the U.S. News and World Report college rankings. U.S. News evaluates colleges, with a pretense to scientific precision, based on certain numbers. None of what they rate has to do with learning, or teaching, or the education of good people and good citizens. Some of their evaluation of so-called quality has to do with the number of applications a college receives, the number refused admission, the yield of students accepting offers of admission and the standardized test scores of the entering class. In addition to offering an inducement to lie, or to count strangely (since issues like “what is an application?” are never really settled), the ratings lead to other questionable behaviors. Ratings go up if more students of whatever quality and character are induced to apply."

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Once college admissions became a measure of both popularity and, somehow, quality, it took on a strange life of its own...
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KSA Early College Planning Tip #3: Find your passions.

A question I ask my students is, "What's something you can do for hours at a time and not notice how much time has passed?"

Then we discuss WHY. What captivates them, what compels them, what energizes and excites them. Are they alone or with others, do they lead or get lead? Is it important to win in any way?

I guide them to focus their energies on activities they're passionate about, rather than ones they believe colleges will find impressive. (You don't want to know what admission officers say about certain popular societies/clubs.)

Questions? Give me a call!
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Gap year is a great idea – if students can afford it

Gap years are an excellent idea for many students. They are NOT only for the wealthy. But it can certainly appear that way if you Google "gap year." If you want to know what a gap year looks like for the other 98%, call me.

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The problem comes when we glorify gap years as an educational panacea for stressed-out or immature students and fail to recognize that, by and large, they’re out of reach for most students from low-income, working class and middle-middle class families.
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Independent Educational Consultant: part teen whisperer, part mediator.
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Part Teen Whisperer, part mediator. Crackerjack editor and straight talker. Able to leap small buildings (think Fisher-Price sized) in a single bound.

For 25+ years I've had the privilege of working in college admission. A few years ago I decided to focus on the portion of this work that I'm most passionate about - directly helping high school students with career and college planning. Everything from "what do I want to be when I grow up?" to "how do I become that?" to "where do I study?" to "how to I get admitted and pay for it?" is what I do.

Families hire me to work with their teens. To encourage, guide, cajole and sometimes threaten. To believe in them, to talk to them in a way perhaps no one else can or will. 

I know what I'm doing and I love what I do. Call me for a free 30 minute phone consultation anytime!
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Learned to build a custom database from nothing. Currently being trained by a 1 year old Labradoodle. ADD-enhanced.
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  • Case Western Reserve University
    BA - English & Anthropology, 1987 - 1992
  • Ursuline College
    MBA - Marketing, 2010 - 2011
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