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The Sham of Things – Marching Along to A Broken Drum

After another weekend with the SAT and a number of issues that have come up, I have been pondering, well thinking more deeply about the issue of standardized testing. This last weekend as Supervisor for the SAT I had to turn away a student who did not bring a CD player for the Language with Listening test. This basically derailed her ED application.

As I sit here on a Monday morning wondering if the SAT scores from the October SAT will be released and reading through the comments of my peers frustrated over the administration of standardized tests I come back …

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What’s Scary – The Motivation Behind SAT Cheating

With Halloween over one would think that there is nothing left to be afraid of, yet despite the passing of the Holiday of eerie ghosts and goblins, there is a residual effect of these specters. Now you may have packed away the costume, or not believed in creatures from the dead roaming the planet, but I will tell you some scary things. Sadly they are about living human behavior.

In my most recent posts, I have been talking about the devastating affects of the cheating scandal emanating out of Thailand by the Chinese girl and the subsequent other cheaters at other …

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“To Be or Not to Be”

We all have important points in our life when we have to make critical decisions not only about current circumstances but also future endeavors. Applying to boarding school or university is such a benchmark. However, getting to that stage in life, making a choice about ones potential future gets tied up in loads of emotional content: future security and career, vanity and ego, success and failure to name but a few. Often these ideals or lack of them drives the decision-making process, sometimes with less desirable results.

As we enter the season of admissions, students go above and beyond trying to …

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Get it Done!

The daunting prospect of applying to college/boarding school (if that is what you are planning to do) exists – there is no doubt about it. A lot of the anxiety comes from – “Is any school going to accept me?” Add in the whole process of writing essays – possibly lots of them and we have inertia!

Here’s the deal, if you are applying to school is not easy. For the very first time you are preparing materials for some person, typically unknown to you to evaluate you. Freakishly scary, right? If does not have to be scary at all. But …

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The Importance of Attending School Presentations

Over the last couple of weeks some of you have been asking about attending University/College Presentations (this includes School Fairs or even Education Fairs) when they come to Shanghai or your school. It is vital that you attend all of them!!!!!

1. First of all you will learn first hand about the school from the representatives who work in the admission office. They can answer all of your questions about the school and learn about what kinds of programs they offer.

2. You meet the person who may be reading your application. Introduce yourself and get their business card

3. You might find …

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