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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, June 8-12

Fri, Jun 12, 2015 @ 10:27 AM

College Admissions NewsCollege Board Addresses SAT Error, UVA Releases 2015-16 Essay Prompts

Rising seniors: Are you ready for the college admissions process? It may be summer break, but the college application season is already starting and it’s important to stay informed on what’s new, what’s changing, and what students need to do this summer to stay on track. This is why at IvyWise, we bring you the latest college admissions news and updates every week.
This week there was a lot of news related to the SAT, both the current and the new test, and a release of some essay prompts from a top university.
Here are some of the top stories in college admissions and higher education from this past week:
  1. Last weekend while taking the SAT, many students noticed a mistake in the instructions for one section, stating they had 25 minutes to complete the section – a discrepancy from the proctor instructions which said students had 20 minutes. This week The College Board addressed the error, and said that the section in question would not be scored, and that not scoring that particular section would not have an impact on the accuracy of students’ scores. However, not everyone is happy about it. Some students are petitioning to The College Board, saying they should be able to retake the test in full.
  2. The University of Virginia released essay prompts for its 2015-16 freshman application this week. Good news for students looking to get a head start on their college applications this summer.
  3. The closure of Sweet Briar College, the women’s liberal arts college that announced it will be not be open next year, has been delayed after a ruling by the Virginia Supreme Court this week. The court ruled that the case will have to be sent back to the lower courts.
  4. A survey by The Harvard Crimson, Harvard University’s student newspaper, found that about 20% of the class of 2015 has cheated at least once during their time at the prestigious university.
  5. Can an app tell you how likely you are to succeed in college? Dartmouth College is working on an app that can help predict students’ GPAs based on where they spend most of their time.
  6. Taking the new SAT in the spring of 2016? Free resources for the test are now available online.
  7. If you’re going to college this fall, be sure to take care of some things and plan before heading off to campus. Here’s a checklist to help you through the summer!
What do you think of the error on the SAT? Are you getting a head start on your college application essays this summer? Tell us in the comments below!

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