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Facebook Live Recap: Ask America's College Counselor (9.21.19)

During my September rapid-fire Facebook Live Q&A, I had the opportunity to answer viewer questions in real time on topics like high school classes, filling out the application, standardized tests, and more.

In case you missed it, keep reading for a list of some of the questions I answered and to watch the full video!

  • What is your feeling about high school math classes for liberal arts and film-focused schools?
  • How do colleges view students who have scheduling conflicts and weren't able to take all five core subjects for all four years of high school?
  • We found a flaw in our high school's GPA ranking system. What should we do?
  • When you release your SAT and AP scores from the College Board to your colleges, do they see all your scores or can you elect which scores they see?
  • If you list "AP Scholar with Honors" on the Common Application, do you have to then send your AP scores?
  • My senior is completely blocked on the main college essay topic, any tips for a reboot?
  • How much weight should you put on whether other students with higher scores from your school are also applying Early Decision at your top choice?
  • If you have already applied but you receive additional honors or awards, what is the best way to update universities about these?
  • If SAT Subject Tests are recommended, but not required, and you take them, but don't do well, should you submit those scores?
  • What is your opinion on completing parts of the applications that say "optional," like optional essays or questions?
  • What is the earliest students start hearing admissions decisions from schools?
  • How important are first semester senior year grades when you are applying Early Action?
  • On the Common Application, are you supposed to provide weighted GPA or unweighted?