Standardized tests and college acceptance

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Standardized tests and college acceptance

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The important of standardized tests really depends on the college. There are over 1300 colleges that don't even require the test. And yet the most selective schools really take a look at them. What I like to say is don't get really stressed out about these tests. What you should do is prepare yourself. You should study for them and do the best you can. It's not the most important part of the application process. It's only one part. And the best way to prepare for these tests is really to take practice tests. So whether you have a class or a tutor or you're studying on your own, the more you get familiar with the way the ACT and the SAT is formatted, the more practice you have at it, the more familiar and comfortable you're going to be. So it's not fun to study for these tests, but if you take 6-8 weeks, and you take practice test after practice test, and you look at the mistakes you make and look at the right answers, you're going to start to see what kind of trends and what kind of questions they ask, and your score will go naturally up.

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Danny Ruderman

Independent College Counselor

Danny Ruderman is a nationally recognized college counselor whose mission is to help as many families as possible navigate the admissions process.  

The Fontana High School and Stanford grad is the author of The Ultimate College Acceptance System and creator of college counseling programs used by school districts across the U.S. and Fortune 500 companies. He is known for his huge forehead and helping students get into schools that really match their interests. His newest book, Top 100 Answers to Your College Admissions Questions will be released in March 2013.

Danny graduated with Honors from Stanford University and holds a BA in Human Biology with an emphasis in Education. He was named a Merit Teacher for his work at Campbell Hall School in Los Angeles and worked as an educational therapist for K&M Associates in Los Angeles. He is also a member of the Western Association of College Admissions Counselors (WACAC). He has been featured on NPR’s Marketplace, Fox News, The Los Angeles Times, Between the Lines on PBS, College Bound Magazine, The Bill Handel Show, and Powernomics. Danny is also a regular contributor to Money 101 on KFWB in Los Angeles.

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