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College Admissions Tip: Senior Slide, Senior Slump, Senior Spring, Senioritis

Life shouldn't be a beach during senior spring

This post was written by Alex Khurgin.

Beware the “senior-spring” fallacy! It is NOT the case that you can “stop working” after submitting your college applications or even after being admitted to a college early-action or early-decision. Remember that almost all colleges do request your final transcript before you ship off to campus in the fall. And sometimes, the college will rescind an offer of admission based on this final transcript. A report published by the National Association for College Admission Counseling reveals that in 2007 over one-third of colleges and universities rescinded some offers of admission, and two-thirds of those schools did so in response to falling—not just failing—grades.

An engineer at Knewton relates the cautionary tale of a friend and high school classmate: “Timmy—not his real name—got into Williams College early decision, and had his life planned out: major in history, go to law school, then sip cocktails from a porch in Westchester into his golden years. But not wanting to burn out, Timmy decided to take a nice break, enough of one that his grades dropped from A’s to C’s and D’s, and Williams revoked his admission. He was forced to attend a regional campus of a much less prestigious institution.”
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Decoding Score Choice: What It Is and What You Should Do About It

Cailey Hall is a Content Developer at Knewton

If you’ve spent any time lately trying to sort out the intricacies of the College Board’s SAT Score Choice option, you might have concluded that walking to Russia seems simple in comparison. Although the College Board says it will make your life easier, Score Choice can seem awfully puzzling. Fear not! Knewton is here to explain it and help you sort it all out.

So what, exactly, is Score Choice? It is, most simply, a free option you can select or decline when registering for the SAT. If you choose to say yes to Score Choice, you’ll have control over which SAT scores you want to release to colleges (and scholarship programs). If you say no to Score Choice, the College Board will send all your scores from all the SAT Reasoning and Subject tests you have taken.

“Swell!” you might exclaim (if you’re anachronistic). “What’s wrong with having control over releasing my scores?” Nothing, inherently. The complicating factor is how colleges deal with your SAT scores. Check out this link from the College Board detailing how various colleges evaluate students’ SAT scores. Please keep in mind that the College Board — and Knewton — have the added caveat that a college might have changed its preferences (or might have a slightly more complicated way of evaluating your scores) since the publication of the list and that you should definitely check with the individual college’s admissions office to confirm how they treat SAT scores.

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