Facebook Live Recap: Freshmen, Sophomores, & Juniors

This is the time of year that college admissions questions start coming fast and furious for underclassmen. To that end, I hosted a rapid-fire Facebook Live Q&A especially for freshmen, sophomores, and juniors. During this session, I answered viewer questions in real time, on topics like standardized testing, course selection, demonstrated interest, and more.

In case you missed it, keep reading for a list of some of the questions I answered during my Facebook Live Q&A and to watch the full video!

SOME QUESTIONS YOU'LL SEE ME ANSWER: 
  • Are some SATs harder than others?
  • When you're looking at colleges, how can you tell if a college culture is collaborative or competitive?
  • When do you recommend students take the SATs for the first time?
  • How well does the PSAT 9 indicate how one might do on the actual SAT?
  • How necessary are Subject Tests if a college doesn't require them?
  • Any advice for 7th and 8th graders thinking ahead?
  • Do you need four units total of the core classes, or are colleges looking to make sure students have each of the five core classes every single year?
  • If a student is taking AP World History in 10th grade, do you recommend that they take the Subject Test?
  • Is it acceptable to do interviews and a campus tour information session during the same college visit?
  • How important is demonstrated interest?
  • Any suggestions to help STEM students come up with a passion project?
  • What is your opinion on taking CLEP exams junior year?
  • How useful is it for a student to have two languages?