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Engineering Scholarships - For Women!

Every week I receive at least one email asking me about scholarships for women who plan to pursue a degree in Engineering.  Not surprisingly, engineering as a major is a field that is very disproportionately made up of employees, managers, teachers, and mentors of the male persuasion.  How is a women supposed to get her foot in the door?  Well, the fact is that many colleges and business have partnered to try to address this glaring discrepancy.  Colleges are doing their share by offering my openings for female applicants to their engineering programs.  This includes everything from computers and biomedicine to mechanics, petroleum, and electrical engineering programs.  But getting into an engineering program is not enough.  It needs to be affordable. This is where industry has stepped in.  There are now a wide range of good scholarships available for female students who plan to major in some area of engineering . . . READ FULL ENTRY

How To Impress Colleges

Getting into college is more competitive than ever. Schools are receiving more applications, which means their acceptance rates are getting lower. Your high school grades and performance on the SAT and/or ACT are often important factors for college admissions officers, but they won't make you stand out from a crowd of other good students. To truly impress admissions officers . . . READ FULL ENTRY

CLEP Scores

What do your CLEP scores mean? Last month you learned that you can take a single test called CLEP and get college credit.  This is a good thing.  You also learned that not all colleges will accept all CLEPs so if you are not careful you could do a lot of work for nothing.  This would be a bad thing.  This month is about CLEP scores.  What they mean, what you need, and how to do better.  CLEP is out of 80.  Meaning, a top CLEP score is an 80.  The lowest score you can get is a 20. If you do the math, that means that the halfway mark is a score of 50.  Which is exactly what many school require in order to give you credit for a subject;-- a 50 on a CLEP.  More selective colleges will usually require a 60.  This means that somewhere between 50-70 percentile on a CLEP test will get you 3-8 college credits in a single subject.   That is worth going after, but what if you happen to fail a CLEP test?. . . READ FULL ENTRY

CLEP It! CLEP it Good

Nah, nah, nah, nah, nah -- Crack that whip

Students in college can take a single test and get full credit for a course. CLEP stands for College Level Examination Program.  A CLEP is a single test that covers one subject.  For example, there is a Psychology CLEP which replaces PSYC 2301, a core class for most majors at most colleges.  You can sit through the class for an hour 3 times per week for a full semester, write papers, listen to lectures, take notes, take quizzes, take tests, and or course you will need to pass the final.  If you do all of this and. . . READ FULL ENTRY

Which Test Prep?

PSAT, SAT, ACT, Subject Tests, AP, IB, Stanford, IOWA -- Kids take a lot of tests before they head off to college. Some of them actually matter. Some of them, not so much actually. Even if you know which tests to take and when to take them, you still need to know how to prep for them. Test prep is big business! According to the news, American's spent more than 2.5 billion dollars on test prep last year. Companies like Kumon, Sylvan, Princeton Review, and College Board make a fortune off of students hoping to be one of the 1 percenters that earn a National Merit title. But are they worth it? Which programs actual raise scores and which ones simply take your money and your time. With the industry growing at 4% each year, pressure on parents to pony up big bucks for test prep will only increase. The best prep for your student is . . . READ FULL ENTRY

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