SAT/ACT/COLLEGE ADMISSION OUTLOOKS by Dr. Wayne Adams
Now that school has started and most schedules have settled down, we can all take a long, relaxing breath and think about fall planning.
Seniors and their parents are thinking about applying to colleges, the SAT and/or the ACT Exam, FASFA forms, and Bright Futures and other scholarships … on top of all the academics and activities that constantly demand attention.
The “gorilla in Florida” is the rock-hard deadling of November 1st from UF. Most other schools are fine with a January 1st application and standard exam scores following soon behind. For those wanting to apply for early option or early decision, most of these probgrams are fine with exam scores coming in late November through December – but make sure to check the dates with your target schools to be absolutely sure.
Juniors and Sophomores are simply looking forward to successfully completing their fall term, and doing their best on the PSAT coming in mid-October. Many are already preparing for the full exams, which gives them more time to prepare and experience the exams. On occasion, I have tutored seventh graders for the SAT and ACT, and it is becoming more common for me to start with ninth or tenth graders as well.
Everyone is hoping the Florida legislature extends the increase in the award for the Florida Academic Scholars program, which could cover full tuition at any Florida public college or university … plus give parents some additional negotiating ability with private schools.
When I am asked, “Wayne, what do you do?” most expect the answer, “I am a tutor.”
Instead, my answer is, “I help my students have their best possible futures which includes doing their best on the SAT and/or ACT Exam.”
This is why each of my students/parents receives a copy of two guides that I have written. The first is Negotiating with Colleges, which has saved many families from $1,000 to $10,000 a year in college costs. The second is How to Write College Application Essays that Colleges will Love, with 104 pages including how to write great essays and over 40 examples with my comments and explanations.
Also, I help with college application information, ideas about possible schools, coaching for students in how to study most effectively, and special negotiating points.
For example, you may be surprised to know that, if a family has a relatively low EFC (expected financial contribution) on the FASFA Form, it costs less to attend Eckerd College (a private school in St. Petersburg) than to attend USF. The reason is that Eckerd covers a very large percentage of the difference between their posted price and the EFC, while USF does not. Many private colleges cover high percentages of the difference.
And if your student is admitted to Harvard, Yale, or other top universities and the family makes less than around $65,000 a year, it is a “free ride” because they have huge endowments and invest in their students. Their admissions are “need blind”.
More than 60 percent of Harvard College students receive financial aid, and the average grant this past year was $40,000. Families with students on scholarship pay an average of $11,500 annually toward the cost of a Harvard education.
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Dr. Wayne Adams is one of the leading SAT and ACT tutors in the country. His students normally improve 200 – 350 points on the Writing, Reading, Writing and Essay, and Math, and 4 – 7 points on the ACT composite. They have been admitted to eight of the top ten universities in the country, seventeen of the top twenty-five, and many schools in Florida. These schools include Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Columbia, Stanford, U Chicago, Duke, U Penn, Johns Hopkins, Cornell, Notre Dame, Emory, UC Berkley, UCLA, USC, UNC (Chapel Hill), NYU, Northeastern (Boston), Boston College, Georgia Tech, Air Force and Merchant Marine Service Academies, Penn State, LSU, Auburn, UF, U Miami, FSU, USF, UCF, Florida Atlantic, Florida Gulf Coast, FIU, New College of Florida, Stetson, and Julliard – Manhattan - New England - and Berkley Conservatories of Music. Many have received academic, athletic, or music scholarships. This year, he also tutored three juniors who scored at the national merit finalist/semi-finalist levels on the most recent PSAT. He is a former Dean of a Graduate School of Business and Full Professor, and began college teaching at the University of Maryland in 1968. He has degrees and advanced studies at Harvard, Yale, Vanderbilt, Columbia International, and Luther Rice.