YCBK 341: How some colleges use demonstrated interest and predictive modeling Part 2 [Transcript]
YCBK 342: More on affirmative action and more advice for students with special needs

YCBK 341: How some colleges use demonstrated interest and predictive modeling Part 2

In this week’s episode you will hear

In the News (2:20): Mark is joined by the Director of Colorado College, Matt Bonser. Matt discussed Early Decision, Demonstrated Interest, and Predictive Modelling. Mark and Matt discuss 17 ways students attempt to demonstrate interest and Matt gives his feedback whether these 17 attempts to demonstrate interest are effective at communicating interest. Matt rates the different options Mark suggests on a 1-10 scale, with the caveat that this is only his opinion. Matt does a great job of communicating the nuance and how there are always exceptions. This final part focuses a little more on predictive modeling. Part 2 of 2 (Length 34 minutes)

This week’s question (36:35): Mark and Lisa will answer a Speakpipe question from Kristen from California and she wants advice for a center right student that is hoping to find a college that is not intolerant of her political views.

(Length 20 minutes)

This week’s interview (56:28): We start a brand new four part interview as Mark interviews Akil Bello on the topic of, “Tough Questions about SAT and ACT test scores”. Preview of Part 1:

  • Akil gives his backstory, walking us up to what he is doing now
  • Akil tells us what the mission of Fairtest is and he explains why the mission appeals to him
  • Akil explains the new Digital SAT; he shares the pros and the cons of the new test
  • Akil explains his thoughts on whether it is a good thing that the Digital SAT is an adaptive test
  • Akil explains the problem that he has with the College Board
  • Akil shares his perspective on schools like MIT and Purdue and Georgetown requiring test scores (Length 24 minutes)

Mark’s recommended resource of the week (1:09:00): The recommended resource is the Common App mobile app, a great way to have access to your application on your phone.

College Spotlight (1:20:58): Mark and Lisa discuss her visit in June to McGill University in Montreal. McGill is our College Spotlight for the week.

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