Admissions

Timely admissions news and trends, along with application, interview, and financial aid advice from experts who work directly with students and at admissions offices.

Did You Get In? An Etiquette Guide for College Admissions
03 May, 2021
By: Kathryn DeBros Nothing about senior year of high school year seems easy. On top of classes (and maintaining a solid grade point average [GPA]) and extracurricular activities, you’ve spent months on the admissions process-- the college search, filling out paperwork, writing essays, asking for recommendations, and sending forms in order to complete the college application process.  Completing the Common Application and meeting application deadlines is hard work! Now, you may be in the middle
How to Find External Scholarships
26 April, 2021
by Seth Czarnecki With American student debt now over $1 trillion, many families of college-bound students are forced to get creative when it comes to funding their child’s education. One pathway that has become increasingly popular is that of the external, or outside, scholarship. What Is an External Scholarship? External scholarships for college differ from those provided by a university in that private donors, foundations, or businesses fund them. The amount of money awarded can range from
How to Tackle Test Anxiety: An Interview with Noodle Pro, Jonathan Arak
31 March, 2021
By Casey Loalbo Are you immediately overcome by fear of failure right before it's time to take an important test?  Do you find yourself having negative thoughts and maybe even experiencing physical symptoms?  Racing thoughts, excessive sweating and dry mouth are just a few of the somatic symptoms experienced by some individuals who suffer from test anxiety. If this sounds familiar, you are not alone.  Test-taking can evoke these feelings and symptoms and sometimes, it can be difficult to unders
What are SAT and ACT Score Ranges for the top colleges and universities?
10 March, 2021
03/10/2021 College admissions at top schools seem to only keep getting more competitive. Students looking to attend one of these extremely selective schools need to prepare an application that is strong in all of its components. That includes standardized test scores. Standardized testing, unfortunately, causes a lot of anxiety for high school students. Luckily, with enough preparation, standardized tests can become the least stressful part of the college admissions process. What Scores do
How to Curate Your College List?
25 February, 2021
By Franca Rawitz One of the first steps on the college journey is drafting a preliminary list of colleges to explore. The earlier students begin thinking about schools, the easier it is to shape schools’ selection over time. The college list is like a piece of art—a work in progress— continuously modified as the artist (that is, you, the student) develops a stronger sense of what the finished piece should look like. While some college counselors may help students draft their preliminary lists
How Do I Determine If I Should Take the ACT or the SAT?
19 February, 2021
"Should my child take the SAT or the ACT?” It’s a question that tends to cause both students AND parents lots of stress and worry. The good news is, there are some great ways to try to answer this question. Read our tips below!
How to Prepare for the SAT or ACT
18 February, 2021
When to register? Which test should you take? What to do? Read our tips on taking the most important tests for college admissions!
10 Facts About the ISEE
10 February, 2021
Noodle Pros is here for all of your ISEE test prep needs! Read what you need to know about the ISEE!
Why Good Grades Don’t Always Match Good Test Scores
21 January, 2021
Grades and test scores do not always agree; generally speaking, school grades usually reflect better performance and higher achievement than test scores. Still, when it comes to admissions decisions, test score certainly play a role.
3 Solid Strategies For Deciding When to Take Your SAT or ACT
07 December, 2020
Determining when it’s best to take the SAT (developed and produced by College Board, like the PSAT) or the ACT (developed and produced by ACT.org) really comes down to when you’ll have time to prepare for the college admissions process and to properly organize your junior and senior year priorities.
Do SAT Subject Tests Actually Matter?
30 November, 2020
The Subject Tests are a series of one-hour exams that focus on a variety of academic subjects.
How to Make a Career Change at 40 and Still Succeed
23 November, 2020
One would imagine that at 40, you are already approaching the peak of your career. If you have started a career choice after college in your twenties or graduate school in your thirties, by forty, you would have established yourself in your chosen career path. What then happens if you feel you need to make a career change at this age? While we will not ignore the challenges involved in changing careers mostly when you have gone a long way in one career path, we would like to put it out there th