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Don’t make this common SAT mistake!


Doing anything to prepare for the SAT is a good idea. Working with experienced coaches either through private lessons or in a class is a better idea that has proven results.  When SAT scores have big consequences; don’t make the mistake of struggling through preparing alone.  Here is some advice from College Counseling Services of Pennsylvania’s senior SAT advisor:

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As a private SAT tutor, I receive many phone calls & emails asking me to tutor.  I often tutor one-on-one, but sometimes I tutor larger classes throughout the year.  I am often asked by parents, “what are the benefits of my child taking your class as opposed to private tutoring?”  The following is a list of benefits to taking a group SAT prep course.


  1.  Price – A private SAT tutor can be pricey. As I mentioned earlier, I usually tutor students one at a time. A weekly visit from a private tutor can add up. Depending on where you live, you can expect to pay a private SAT tutor between $50-$100 per hour.


In a group setting or SAT prep class, the price would be significantly lower, and you get the benefit of the same instruction.


  1.  Solidarity-    We have all heard of the old saying “two heads are better than one.”  Well, it turns out that it’s kind of true.  When your 0720achild takes a group prep class, he/she may have questions but are too afraid to ask. It turns out that many students often have the same question.  When a child asks a question, that question was usually on the minds of many students.


In addition, group instruction lends itself well to peer instruction.  The larger the group, the more the instructor has to divide his/her time among the students. I often use peer teaching to help one another out until I can personally speak with each student.  Many times even if a student is correct, it’s nice to confirm an answer with a peer.


  1.  Practice – I cannot stress enough how important it is to practice for the SAT exam. Although I hate calling it homework, I often assign extra work to complete for the following week.photo-1424115087662-5845efc6b366


A group prep class can “guilt” a child to into practice. After all, you don’t want to be the one who doesn’t have their homework completed!


  1.  Structure – As I just mentioned, I often assign extra work to be completed for the following class. Of course some students groan and complain about have to complete “homework”.


The extra work I assign not only provides more practice, but structure as well. Students are used to being in “school mode”.   If structure is provided, a group prep class is a lot like school.


Why is this so important?  Children tend to accomplish more when structure is provided.  In addition, structure provides stability. The routine is familiar to them and they tend to put more time and effort into the class.


As always, good luck!  Let me know if I’ve missed anything in the comments section.


Lou Blair has been a public school teacher and private SAT tutor for twenty-one years.


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SAT Crash Course

Our experienced team will provide an accelerated review of the Reading, Writing, and Math sections of the SAT exam.  Participants will be taught the most effective strategies for each section. The course will also cover the new  (optional) essay portion. Test-taking skills and techniques for reducing test anxiety will also be discussed with each class.  Finally, students will be able to work with instructors to create long-term goals to maximize their scores.

The class will meet in the Body Zone conference room from 9-11am on September 17th and 24th.  The cost of for each session is $50 per student.  You may register on our website www.collegeplannerforyou.com  or by calling 888-524-1958.  We will provide the books, please bring a calculator. Space is limited to 20 students.

Email us: info@collegeplannerforyou.com

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College Counseling Services of Pennsylvania is proud to have the ability to support worthy causes in our community through corporate sponsorship.  We thank those who tirelessly volunteer their time to make these events a success!

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My State School is Better Than Yours

Spotlight on Pennsylvania State Schools!0620a


Many may not realize that our great commonwealth is home to fourteen state owned schools. The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) provides higher education for more students than all of the private institutions combined.  There was a time when a state school had a bad reputation, however, the state schools in PA have been doing a great job of providing an exceptional education at an affordable price for years.  This article is going to spotlight some of the great features that these schools offer, and hopefully clear up some misconceptions about state schools in general.


In alphabetical order our PA state schools are: Bloomsburg, California University of PA, Cheyney, Claion, East Stroudsburg, Edinboro, Indiana, Kutztown, Lock Haven, Mansfield, Millersville, Shippensburg, Slippery Rock, and West Chester.  The PASSHE board is comprised of members appointed by the governor.   Penn State, Temple, Lincoln, and University of Pittsburg comprise the Commonwealth System of Higher Education, these are separate from the governing bodies of State Schools.Sign_for_College_Hall_during_a_snowstorm_at_Smith_College


Tuition at PA state schools is $7.060 per year (2015-2016), this cost is for in-state students only. Out of state students may pay anywhere from $7,413- $17,650 per year. Room and board fees vary from school to school.

Acceptance Rates:  State schools end up on a lot of students “safety” school list.  It is true that overall state schools do tend to have higher acceptance rates. A school’s reputation in a certain area might make it more difficult to gain acceptance.  West Chester has a very competitive acceptance rate at 51% this is because it has a close proximity to a major metropolitan area (Philadelphia) and offers access to internships at world class institutions. When applying you must do your homework and see what the reputation is in your particular area of interest.

State School Acceptance Rate
Bloomsburg 63%
California U of PA 59%
Cheyney 87.8
Clarion 79%
East Stroudsburg 81%
Edinboro 75%
Indiana 58%
Kutztown 68%
Lock Haven 61%
Mansfield 69%
Millersville 63%
Shippensburg 81%
Slippery Rock 61%
West Chester 51%


Honors programs: Each of these state schools also boasts an Honors Program.  Entry into the honors program often earns you the ability to register early for your classes, have preferential rooming in honors dorms, and earn you honors status which unlocks additional resources and opportunities for networking. Admission into the honors programs is very competitive but well worth it.suit_businessman

Networking: State Schools are typically larger, which means that the alumni network includes tens of thousands of people.  Many of these alums take an active role in providing internships and paving the way for future graduates to rub shoulders with prospective employers.

In conclusion, PA state schools offer a great educational value for your money.  What benefits you reap really come down to whether or not you take advantage of what the school has to offer.  There are excellent opportunities, knowledgeable staff, and world class internships.

For more information about a PA state school, or for help in deciding where to apply, call the knowledgeable staff at College Counseling Service of Pennsylvania 1-888-524-1958



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College Counseling Services of Pennsylvania understands and values the importance of education.  We are proud to have the ability to support some very worthy causes in our community through corporate sponsorship.  We thank those who tirelessly volunteer their time to make these fundraising events a success!

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College Counseling Services of Pennsylvania understands and values the importance of community.  We are proud to have the ability to support some very worthy causes in our community through corporate sponsorship.  We thank those who tirelessly volunteer their time to make these fundraising events a success!

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