What Is the HSPT and How to Prepare for It?

October 16, 2018, by

An Overview of the HSPT As your child begins the high school admissions process, one of the tests he or she may need to take is the HSPT. The HSPT is administered to current 8th and 9th graders applying to independent high schools.  In the DC area, many Catholic high schools require the HSPT as… Read more »


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The PSAT and National Merit Scholarship Explained

October 8, 2018, by

Why take the PSAT, and what are National Merit Scholarships? I will be taking the  PSAT in the middle of October. What is the PSAT? Why do I have to take it? The PSAT is a test that assesses your math, reading, and grammar capabilities. High school sophomores and juniors typically take the test in… Read more »


SSAT vs ISEE

SSAT vs ISEE: Which test is best for your child?

September 24, 2018, by

SSAT vs ISEE: This is one of the first decisions you have to make if your child has decided to apply for an independent school. Most independent schools will accept either admissions test (although you should always confirm this with the school). So what are some factors to consider as you decide which test is best… Read more »


College Essay

Jumpstart your College Essay—

September 6, 2018, by

Know Your Essay Type! Having trouble getting started with your college essay? You are not alone: for most seniors, the college essay is a challenge unlike any they have ever been assigned. This is because a college essay has a different job to do than anything you have written in school. A history essay analyzes… Read more »


Crafting Your Law School Personal Statement 

August 15, 2018, by

Is your law school personal statement ready?   Now is the time to get in high gear if you are hoping to submit law school applications this fall. But where and how do you start your law school personal statement, when faced with a very general personal statement prompt? “Share more about yourself, your background,… Read more »