PrepWell Podcast


Ep. 45 | Rapid-Fire FAQs

Quick-take answers to some of today’s most frequently asked questions about college admissions, SAT versus ACT, test-optional, should i even go to college, and more.

Show Notes:

In most of my podcasts, I do deep dives into one or two topics. Today, I’m bringing back the rapid-fire FAQ format. I’ll give you my quick-takes on some of the most common questions that I get every day as a college admissions advisor. 

Here is what I discuss in this episode:

0:01:07 Should I still bother taking the SAT or ACT?
0:01:40 Do colleges prefer SAT or ACT?
0:02:20 Should I take the SAT and the ACT?
0:02:44 Which test should I take: SAT or ACT?
0:03:37 How do I differentiate myself while working remotely?
0:04:50 How do I make a highlight reel with no games?
0:05:34 Should I switch from soccer to fencing?
0:07:05 Is college even worth it?
0:07:44 Will colleges still give financial aid?
0:08:12 Should I study for PSAT?
0:09:20 How do I stay motivated with remote learning?
0:10:20 How do I not fall behind?
0:11:20 How much will senior year grades count?
0:12:30 Should I write about COVID?
0:13:20 How do I start my Common App personal statement?
0:14:48 When should I take my SAT or ACT?
0:15:18 Any tips for the SAT in two weeks?
0:16:18 When should I submit my SAT score?
0:17:17 Will test-optional trend stick around?
0:17:47 Who will be the COVID winners and losers?

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