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Kelly Roell

Increase Your Chances for College Admissions

By November 8, 2012

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ivy leaguesOkay, let's say for a moment that you were an average college-bound student in early high school - A's, B's and the occasional C. Sure, you studied, but you weren't breaking your neck going for the 4.0 (or 4.4 as the case may be).

And now, as a senior,  your mom is suddenly interested in getting you into one of the top public schools in the country. Or one of the top private schools. Or the Ivies! What now? Your GPA is certainly not good enough to get you in, right? You're already into your senior year, so your college admissions chances are pretty set in stone, right?

Not necessarily.

A study commissioned by the National Association of College Admission Counseling, found that 20 to 40 percent of colleges agreed that "a 20-point math increase or a 10-point reading increase [on the SAT] would significantly improve a student's chance of admission."

The SAT is still one of the only ways you have to boost your chances of getting into that top-ranked school once you're a junior or senior in high school. You can't change your transcripts (legally). You can't go back and change the number of sports you played, extra-curriculars you participated in, or volunteer hours you clocked. That stuff is set in stone.

What you can change is your SAT score. Even boosting your score by ten or twenty points can be advantageous! A higher score can level out a "Eh" kind of GPA, and often, admissions counselors have an average SAT score they're trying to stay near; if you're way off, then your chances of getting in are slim.

So, even though you can't change your GPA, you can boost your chances of getting into that school of your dreams with a little SAT prep work.

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