In this week’s episode you will hear
In the News (5:21): In this week’s news segment, an article from New York Times, “What Admissions Officers Really Want”, by Paul Tough. In Part 2 of our discussion of this excellent article we talk about a study of 150,000 SAT scores that looks at how accurate is the SAT, and when it is inaccurate, who does it hurt. We also look at what “financial-aid optimization counselors” do for the first time in our 103 episodes. These counselors are seldom revealed to the public but our podcast pulls back the curtain and let’s you know how the sausage is made. Mark says this may be his favorite article we have ever discussed on the podcast and Mark and Anika encourage our listeners to read the article. (Length 16:23)
Chapter 103 of 171 Answers (21:44): We are in Chapter 103 of 171 Answers and Mark and Anika discuss Mark’s six favorite free resources to get help with the FAFSA.
This week’s question (31:06) is from Karen from California and she wants to know more about the recent changes to the ACT. Karen is particularly interested in how the Superscoring will work.
This week’s interview Mark interviews admissions officer, Yancie Davis about Macalester college. Yancie returns to us for the second time.
Mark’s recommended resource of the week (1:06:37) is the resource page of the act.org website that focuses on the changes coming in 2020. These resources include a webinar, infographics and many other tools; here is a link: https://www.act.org/content/act/en/students-and-parents/more-choices-for-the-act-sept-2020.html
College Spotlight: Macalester was our Spotlight for the week.
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