SAT Essay on Reality Television Stumps Some

March 16, 2011

The SAT essay normally causes angst for at least some test takers. The March 2011 SAT essay caused a firestorm among those who are not fans of "Jersey Shore" and "Survivor." The topic was reality television, and test takers were asked to discuss whether it is authentic and whether it is a beneficial form of entertainment. The website College Confidential was beset with pages upon pages of complaints from students who don’t watch television, don’t watch reality television, or were prepared for what they thought would be a more academic topic. The College Board’s position is that the essay is a means for students to demonstrate their writing skills, no matter the specific essay topic, and that there was enough information in the essay question to allow a student to respond. It seems the bottom line is flexibility, being able to write a cogent response no matter the specific topic.

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Don’t Let Summer Pass You By!

While many think of the summer as a time to relax, hit the beach and do anything but something academic, summer is the best time to explore potential academic majors and careers. You can learn more about this at your local library. Take advantage of the down time to up your game. You will be glad you did.


In Memory of Diane Gallo

We are deeply saddened by the passing of our co-founder Diane Gallo. Diane, a beloved independent educational consultant who went above and beyond for the students she served and their families, will be greatly missed. She was a great colleague and friend to all. If you had been working with Diane, please reach out to her husband Michael Gallo with a written request for a refund of any monies that may be owed to you at 43 Hillside Avenue, Glen Rock, NJ 07452.


Did You Know?

Looking to apply Early Action (EA) or Early Decision (ED) to college this year? Many high school guidance counselors require students to provide their completed application two weeks prior to the deadline. This allows the guidance counselor enough time to complete the school forms and submit them in a timely manner. For the unprepared student this can be quite a shock. Suddenly that November 15 deadline becomes November 1. The best way to reduce your stress level is to ask your guidance office what they need and when they need it. Less surprise equals a smoother process for you and your guidance counselor.



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