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Is There An Anti-Asian Bias at Elite Institutions?

September 26, 2015
Written by Rachel Blankstein

An issue that has received rampant media coverage in recent months is the question of whether Asian-American students are at a disadvantage when it comes to applying to the nation's top colleges and universities.  Schools like Princeton and Harvard have been accused of, and even sued for, admissions practices that allegedly benefit African-American and Latino students at a cost to Asian-American applicants. 

Reasons NOT to Take the New SAT

April 06, 2015
Written by Rachel Blankstein

The redesigned SAT exam is set to hit testing centers throughout the country in the spring of 2016.

Since The College Board – which administers the SAT – announced plans to roll out a revised exam, we at Spark Admissions have been advising members of the class of 2017 to hold off on taking the reworked test when it launches in March 2016.

5 Drivers of College Admissions Practices

January 07, 2015
Written by Rachel B. Rubin

We all know that the bottom line drives businesses. But what are the motivations of colleges and universities? Aside from educating students and academic research, the most important factors for most colleges and universities in the United States are their rankings and level of selectivity. College rankings have a lot to do with the number of students who apply, the percentage of students who are admitted, and the percentage of accepted students who ultimately matriculate (otherwise known as the yield rate).

Coming Soon: Significant Changes to the SAT

March 13, 2014
Written by Rachel B. Rubin

Substantial changes to the SAT are taking place in spring 2016. These changes were recently announced by David Coleman, the President of The College Board (the organization that creates and administers the SAT). What do these changes really mean for students? Here’s a quick breakdown of what you need to know:

How Important Are My SAT or ACT Scores?

July 16, 2013
Written by Rachel B. Rubin

Students often ask me how important their SAT or ACT scores are for colleges. Many students also want to know whether they can still get into a highly competitive school if they have low SAT or ACT scores, or whether they are guaranteed admission if they have top scores. These are all good questions.