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5 Unusual College Applications and Why They Didn’t (or Did) Work
17 May, 2021
Have you been thinking about submitting an atypical college application? Learn from a veteran admissions dean how going above and beyond can sometimes backfire. Having served as an admissions dean at a selective university for nearly 30 years, it should come as no surprise that I have seen some pretty unorthodox approaches to the application process. “Unorthodox” is one of those words that has a little more specificity than “interesting” or “unusual” to describe outliers — people or things tha
What is Executive Function?
11 May, 2021
Executive function, also known as self-regulation, consists of those thinking skills we use to stay focused, control our impulses, plan short- and long-term, and adapt to new information. Most people only notice their own executive functioning when they experience a lapse in it. You may have had the familiar experience of planning to stop at the store on the way home from work, but accidentally driving home by habit. Another example would be going to the pantry to grab an ingredient for a dish,
Selective College Admissions: What You Should Know About Test Optional
04 May, 2021
The topic of test optional is everywhere in college admissions conversations these days. Because it seems like everything you knew about admissions is changing, it can be hard to know whether you are giving yourself or your student their best opportunity to succeed. Yet with change come both challenges and opportunities; Noodle Pros can help you decode the mysteries of the potentially permanent transition to a test optional application process. The History Behind the SAT & the ACT The origins o
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
The IEP Decoded: A Parent’s Guide By A Special Education Teacher
05 April, 2021
If your child is being evaluated for a learning disability, you may feel overwhelmed by the new terms you have to learn and the documentation you must complete. Rest assured that you are not alone in feeling this way.  Any process that is brand new can feel stressful and that feeling is magnified when the process is vital your child’s success. In this article, you’ll learn what’s covered by an IEP, how to understand its terminology, and how to ensure that your son or daughter receives the suppor
How To Tackle the College Application Process
23 March, 2021
By Casey Loalbo The college admissions process can feel overwhelming—and for good reason. Most students have never been through anything quite like it and, naturally, that can cause a bit of anxiety and trepidation.  The great news? It does not have to be that way! While lots and lots of individualized and specific planning goes into the college admissions process, the actual application process does not have to feel insurmountable.  In this article, I’ll break the college application into 5 ma
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
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.
SAT vs ACT: Which One Should I Take?
09 November, 2020
People have started choosing the SAT or ACT based on strategy and information. Leading us to the question: How do you determine which test is the best fit for you? The best way to determine which test is best for a given student is to have the student take both tests or a diagnostic assessment.
Why the “Why This College?” Question Matters — And How to Answer It
09 November, 2020
Why do you want to attend this school? If you've already began the college admissions process, then you know the importance of this question on your college application.
7 Educational Activities To Do On Your Car Ride
16 October, 2020
Car ride activities are great for road trips but certainly don’t have to be reserved for long car rides. When it comes to fun activities that are short, educational, and can be played from the comfort of a car seat, your imagination’s the limit.