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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, Oct. 26-30

Fri, Oct 30, 2015 @ 10:36 AM

SAT and ACT Score DelaySAT Scores Delayed, Colleges Address How Students Should Handle ACT Score Delay

This week saw more standardized test score problems, and students are looking to colleges and testing agencies for guidance on how to address these scary score delays on their early applications – which many are due in less than two days.

It’s times like these when it’s important to make sure you’re following the latest college admissions and higher education news. Developments like these, especially right before early decision and early application deadlines, can often have a big impact on students’ applications.

Score delays aren’t the only big college admissions news items from this week. Here are some of the other top stories in college admissions and higher education news from this past week:

  1. Thursday night the College Board announced that some scores requested on or before Oct. 14 are delayed, and might not arrive in time for early application deadlines. This has sent many students into a panic – worried that their early applications might not be complete by the deadline. The College Board is requesting that colleges be flexible, and has informed students that any rush fees will be refunded should their scores not arrive on time.
  2. This SAT score delay is a hunting of sorts, coming a week after the ACT announced it was experiencing a delay in processing scores from the Sept. and Oct. tests. Colleges have responded to the delay by either telling students to send screenshots, self-report, or, in some cases, wait it out to see if the scores arrive on time. Here’s a list of schools that have provided information on how to report scores from those tests on early applications.
  3. In other standardized testing news, New York City’s school chancellor announced this week that the city will offer the SAT for free for all 11th graders, starting in the spring of the 2016-17 school year. The test will be given during the day while students are at school, and this new initiative hopes to encourage more students to apply to college by lifting the barrier of the time and cost of the test.
  4. Want to dress for success? IvyWise counselor Nat spoke with Mashable and provided some insight into what it means to dress for success, how it helps when it comes to working with students, and how IvyWise works to help students put their best foot forward when applying to college. He also took some pretty great photos in some awesome outfits.
  5. College is expensive, but there are some ways to save money. IvyWise counselor Nat spoke with The Fiscal Times this week and offered some insight into what families can do to cut college costs.
  6. Will I ever finish all these essays? There are a lot of questions that high school seniors ask when applying to college. Here are six of them – illustrated with GIFs.
  7. This week the New York Times took a look at the new Coalition for Access, Affordability and Success and wrote dove into the organization’s goals, tools, and perceived impact on the college admissions process.
  8. Could your chances of graduating college be determine by your genes? Maybe. But nurture can also override nature.
  9. ED I vs. ED II: What’s the difference and is one more beneficial than the other?
  10. Want the best of college living? These colleges have some awesome dorms.

Are you affected by the SAT or ACT score delay? What do you think of NYC’s free SAT program? Tell us in the comments below!

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