Announcements

New Year, New Team Members!

Introducing LogicPrep’s newest team members!

Amy, COO

With over 20 years of experience in the education industry, Amy is a relentless champion of business optimization with extensive experience leading teams.

She is passionately devoted to the development of high-functioning organizations; not only mentoring employees, but also teaching them to mentor each other. At The Princeton Review she created a team of Tutoring Managers across the country that was a hive of objective-focused activity, with constant exchanges of information and expertise.

Amy brings her data-driven, motivational leadership style to LogicPrep, where she is committed to empowering every member of the team to deliver the best service and outcomes to each student and family.

Amy enjoys biking around NYC, cheering passionately for sports teams to which she has no allegiance, and seeking out the best oyster bars.


Matthew B, Instructor

Hailing from Austin, Texas, Matthew graduated from Princeton University with a BA in philosophy and went on to complete an MFA in poetry at New York University. In addition to instructing his students at LogicPrep, Matthew works as a Teaching Artist at Teachers & Writers Collaborative, introducing children around New York City to poetry and creative writing. He lives in Morningside Heights with his cat, Opal.

LogicPrep Recognized as One of the "Best Entrepreneurial Companies in America" Once Again

LOGICPREP EARNS A SPOT ON ENTREPRENEUR 360'S LIST OF "BEST ENTREPRENEURIAL COMPANIES IN AMERICA" FOR THE THIRD YEAR IN A ROW! 

Thanks for making LogicPrep the wonderful community that it is.

Highlights from NACAC 2018

Every year college admissions professionals gather for the NACAC Conference to discuss the trends happening in the world of admissions. The conference this year took place in Salt Lake City and covered a number of new and exciting topics.

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A new way to read applications - Committee Based Evaluations

There is a relatively new way that applications are being read in admissions offices called Committee Based Evaluations that was started by an admissions officer at the University of Pennsylvania. Now, when you apply to Penn, your application is read by two people — at the same time, sitting right next to each other. One will be the "driver;” this person manages the “territory” (admissions speak for the geographic location) that the application is coming from. The driver is someone who is familiar with your school’s curriculum, opportunities, and overall grading system, and will focus on the more quantitative and academic side of your app (transcript, school profile, counselor recommendation, and teacher recommendations). The second reader will be assessing the more personal and qualitative components of your app (the application, essays, alumni interview, and any additional information or recommendations). The two readers will then discuss the applicant together as they read through the application to ensure the most thorough read. This strategy guarantees more eyes on every application — focusing on each facet — and we won’t be surprised if more colleges begin to adopt this procedure in the coming seasons.

What is Early Decision 2 really?

A panel of Admission Officers from Claremont McKenna, Colorado College, and University of Chicago examined Early Decision 2 and why those acceptance rates are significantly lower than Early Decision 1. Claremont McKenna saw a 13% drop in acceptances between the two rounds, Colorado College saw a 9% drop, and the University of Chicago declined to share their numbers. However, there were a few themes throughout all of their presentations that alluded to why this is the case. In addition to being a larger applicant pool in Early Decision 1 as opposed to Early Decision 2, students with “hooks” - something that allows them to stand out in the process - most often apply in the first Early Decision round. These students are the legacies and recruited athletes and oftentimes are able to have the conversation with admissions (via a coach) before applying, helping to ensure that their Early choice is within reach. The other notable difference that everyone (myself included) saw between the rounds is that the strength of the Early Decision 2 pool is weaker than Early Decision 1. Not in such a way that it makes it easier for a student to get in through ED2 as opposed to ED1, but because students sometimes overreach on where they are applying. This makes the choice of selecting an Early Decision 2 school that much more strategic for those students who either don’t get into their Early Decision 1 school or don’t apply in the first round.

The TOEFL has competition

Duolingo, the popular language learning platform, has rolled out a competitor to the TOEFL test. Using the data they’ve collected on language learning patterns from its millions of users, they’re able to test people on their level of English proficiency. They can do this at a much faster rate by having the test adapt to the user’s level of fluency, allowing them to complete it in 45 minutes rather than 4 hours. This test has already been adopted as an alternative to the TOEFL by top schools including Yale, Duke, WashU, Tufts, UCLA among others. More information (and an opportunity to try the test out) to come soon!

“Fit” isn’t just a buzzword — it’s an increasingly important angle to evaluating college applications.

The vast majority of universities are moving towards putting more emphasis on "fit.” A number of admission officers and deans that we spoke with brought up the importance of using fit to prioritize applicants — in a manner more prominent than it has been in years past. They spoke about this in the sense that applicants who may seem qualified for a school, but don't fit in (one example given was a non-STEM student applying to CalTech) wouldn't be accepted. On the other hand, students who might seem a little under qualified for a given school but are a really good fit for the campus and academic life would, in fact, be offered a spot. While this concept has always been a factor in the admissions process, it seems as though it will be weighed even more heavily. With this in mind, the narrative students share is even more important than ever.

You have more control over your recommendation letter than you think

Some high schools are developing a new format for writing letters of recommendation. While not the most groundbreaking news, some schools are trying to structure their letters to have individual sections for showing (1) how the student did in the larger context, (2) what his or her activities and interests are, and (3) what kind of impact he or she has made on the community or school at large. This means that it’s now more important than ever for students to diligently fill out their “brag sheets” — a term often applied to the self-reporting form students submit to guidance counselors. If this isn’t an option at your school, take the initiative to send your guidance counselor a summary of your achievements and contributions to your classrooms and community. This way, you can be sure your counselor will have plenty of glowing anecdotal information to draw from when drafting your recommendation letter.

Early Decision Notification Dates 2018-2019

You’ve completed your Early applications, and now you’re playing the waiting game. When do you find out if you’ve been accepted? We’ve got all of your Early Decision/Early Action notification dates for the Class of 2023 right here:

Georgetown University

Georgetown University

Amherst College - December 15

Babson College - Mid-December (Early Decision) / January 1st (Early Action)

Barnard College - Mid-December

Boston College - December 25

Boston University - December 15

Brandeis University - December 15

Brown University - Mid-December

Cal Tech - Mid-December

Carnegie Mellon University - December 15

Columbia University - Mid-December

Cornell University - Mid-December

Dartmouth College - Mid-December

Duke University - December 15

Emory University - By December 15

George Washington University - Mid-December

Georgetown University - December 15

Hamilton College - December 15

Harvard University - Mid-December

Harvey Mudd College - December 15 (decisions mailed)

Johns Hopkins University - By December 15

Middlebury College - Mid-December

MIT - Mid-December

New York University - December 15

Northwestern University - December 15

Notre Dame University - Mid-December

Pomona College - By December 15

Princeton University - Mid-December

Stanford University - By December 15

Swarthmore College - By December 15

Tufts University - Mid-December

Tulane University - December 15 (Early Decision / January 15 (Early Action)

University of Chicago - Mid-December (both Early Action and Early Decision)

University of Michigan - By December 24

University of Pennsylvania - Mid-December

University of Virginia - January 31

Vanderbilt University - December 15

Washington University in St. Louis - Mid-December

Wellesley College - Mid-December

Williams College - By December 15

Yale University - Mid-December

Expect these dates to change as December approaches. We’ll do our best to update dates as they become available.

Flu Season Reminders

Guys, I know it’s the beginning of the season where we all stay in, drink hot chocolate, and binge watch Netflix -- but do you also know what time of year it is? Flu season.

LogicPrep is no stranger to the consequences of flu season, and I am sure you aren’t either. So we can all agree that it’s one of the worst parts about fall and winter (the jury is out on snow). Nevertheless, there are measures we can all take to insure we all enjoy our time inside willingly, and not because we are glued to our a tissue box.

Get a flu shot or take vitamins to prevent flu

Cover Your Mouth

I know I sound like an annoying mom right now, but this is important. Try to cough and sneeze into your elbow, please. I get it, sometimes you’re blindsided, but it definitely will not kill you or anyone else to try. And in the unfortunate event that you sneeze into your hand, please see #2.

Wash Your Hands

This is also just a basic rule of thumb. Wash your hands before and after meals! Another way around this is to use Purell. If you are ever at LogicPrep and need to do either of these things, please see one of our three bathrooms. Better yet, we also keep hand sanitizer in every room!

Try Not to Share

This one is hard for me because I am a huge food sharer. I love sharing food with my friends and vice versa. I understand though that there’s a time and place for everything, and maybe flu season is the time to be a little more selfish.

Don’t Wait Until You’re Sick

I didn’t recognize the importance of taking my vitamins (and health) seriously until I got into college. While I do not want to make this an advertisement for Emergen-C or anything of the sort, drinking your orange juice will only help you in the long run. Don’t wait until you feel the tickle in your throat -- take preemptive measures like getting the flu shot or taking vitamins to help strengthen your immune system in order to keep the sickness at bay.

In high school, the dorms, and even here at the LP office, you’re interacting with so many different people that there’s no time to think about germs. But a little bit of conscious effort is more than enough to keep you healthy, I promise. And please always remember that if you are feeling sick and cannot make it in, no worries! You have five days to reschedule, and trust me, we want you to feel better soon!

LogicPrep Welcomes Eight New Instructors

Gretchen trains new instructor Fausto at LogicPrep Miami

Gretchen trains new instructor Fausto at LogicPrep Miami

We are so excited to announce that our team of exceptional instructors is growing! Starting this month, we're welcoming EIGHT new instructors, and we'd like to introduce them to you.

 

Cosmo

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Cosmo graduated from the University of Chicago with a double major in public policy and Latin American studies. At Chicago, he served on student government, competed with the Model UN team, and worked as a consultant for a number of local non-profits in the education sector. Fascinated by cities, he wrote his honors thesis on contemporary and historical approaches to urban planning in both Bolivia – his father's country of origin – and Brazil, where he studied abroad in 2017. When he's not trying to perfect his Portuguese, Cosmo enjoys going to the beach, riding his bike, and compulsively shopping for books.

 
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Eric graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in Political Science. During his time as an undergraduate, he explored the practical application of comparative politics with internships at non-profits in Argentina and Chile and at an embassy in France. Out of the various activities in which Eric participated, one of the most meaningful and engaging was his time as a tutor for a local middle school education program. This experience exposed him to the joy of teaching students and fostering their academic development.

 
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Fausto was born in Honduras but grew up in Durham, North Carolina. He graduated from Duke University with a degree in Public Policy and a certificate in Journalism and Media. He studied abroad in Brazil and fell in love with Portuguese ever since. Upon graduating, Fausto worked at Duke's Office of Undergraduate Education managing programs that pushed students to explore their identities and values inside the classroom and beyond. He especially loved facilitating student-faculty connections.
Fausto enjoys singing, dancing, reading, NPR podcasts and binge watching Netflix crime documentaries.

 
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A native of Texas, Jacob graduated from Columbia University with a B.A. in Earth Science and a concentration in Urban Teaching. He split his time at Columbia between studying air pollution and teaching and found a way to combine those two passions in a thesis project on urban air quality and student achievement. After teaching science in Harlem, the Bronx, and Hartford, Jacob took his skills to the world of museum education, where he worked to bring science education and hands-on programming to students across North Texas. When he's not poring over practice questions, Jacob can be found in the kitchen, trying out a new recipe, or on the couch, tasting those recipes and bingeing on Netflix.

 
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Jacqueline graduated from Princeton University with a degree in Psychology and minors in Dance and Computer Science, completing two theses: a set of empirical psychological studies on mind-reading, and an original choreographic work, for which she also designed the soundscape. While at Princeton, she was actively immersed in the dance community and served as a tour guide for the admissions office. Jacqueline loves being able to use her backgrounds in both psychology and dance to better understand herself and those around her, and channels her passions for empathy, communication, and mentorship into helping students learn. When she isn’t at LogicPrep or working on her dance career, Jacqueline enjoys wandering bookstores, unpacking her mind into a journal, and baking vegan treats.

 
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Jake graduated from Dartmouth with a major in government and a minor in psychology focusing on decision-making processes. He wrote his honors thesis on international refugee governance policy. In Hanover, Jake was a Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Dartmouth Law Journal, a Vice President of the International Business Council, a four-year tour guide for the Admissions Office and Historian for the Dartmouth Rugby Football Club. A strong believer in combining practical and theoretical education, Jake has explored his interest in international relations by living and working in places like Zagreb, Washington, D.C., and Rome.

 
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Born in Montevideo, Uruguay and raised across three continents, Nico K. is an educator and director now living in New York City. Nico graduated Cum Laude from Princeton University, where he created an independent concentration in Performance Studies, focusing on the ethics and politics of social performances across cultures. At Princeton, he was entrenched in all areas of the arts, making work across theatre, dance, music, creative writing, sculpture, and performance art, building a deep respect for well-roundedness and collaboration. He is also an avid swimmer, improviser, and tea-drinker. Nico has always loved to learn and to teach, working to develop confidence in students – no matter what their learning style might be – so they feel empowered to achieve their best.

 
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Originally from Los Angeles, Shadi is currently living in Miami where she's earning her Masters in Business Analytics. Shadi has many years of experience supporting students, and her favorite subject to teach is geometry. Shadi believes that math is all around us, even in nature! When she teaches, she likes to take the time to point out the real-world usefulness of every topic. In her free time, Shadi will take any chance she gets to be in the outdoors or listen to live music.

 

International ACT Registration Now Open!

Calling all LP International Students!

Registration for the 2018-2019 ACT tests is now open. As we mentioned in our earlier articles (here and here) about the new computer-based ACT, you’ll want to sign up AS SOON AS POSSIBLE for these tests. Because there are fewer test centers (for example, there are only two in Rio and two in São Paulo) and potentially fewer seats per testing center, it is likely that these test centers will fill up quickly. We highly recommend that you sign up early (aka now) to ensure that you are able to reserve a seat at your preferred testing center.

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A couple of things to note:

You will need to set up a new MyACT account to register for the upcoming computer-based tests (even if you’ve taken the ACT before). For all international tests going forward, the ACT will use this new and separate system for test registration and score release. Eventually, they’ll likely merge the two systems for international students, but for now, all ACT scores before August 2018 will be accessible through the US System, and all non-US registrations and scores after August 2018 will be accessible only through the MyACT (International) System.

To create an account, register, and to find more information, just follow this link to the ACT’s Non-US student registration page. After you create an account, the registration process is pretty straightforward and user-friendly, but if you need any help, just ask one of our admin team members to assist you.

Any questions? As always, reach out to us and we’ll do our best to answer them!

Even More Information on International Computer-Based ACT

NEWSFLASH: We now know more about the Computer-Based ACT, which will be the only form of ACT administration offered internationally beginning this September.

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Some of you may remember from my April post that the ACT will officially be entirely computer-based at all international test administrations beginning this September.

Some of you may also remember that there were a number of questions still unanswered at that point -- what the testing interface would look like, whether the timing would be the same, what testing centers will be available, etc. -- and that you could expect more updates released by the ACT (and delivered by yours truly) coming sometime in June/July.

And so, here we are!  The ACT has recently released a more detailed picture about what exactly the Computer-Based Testing (CBT) will look like, which answers quite a few of the questions that we were left with in April:

What will the testing interface look like?

Generally, the testing window will be split into two parts -- the passages will appear on the left side of the screen, and the questions will appear on the right.

Although you won’t be able to write on the screen (meaning that some of your strategies will have to change), you will get scratch paper to work on, and there are some neat tools on the testing interface that will help you adjust to the CBT format (see the ACT’s infographic below).

Among the features that caught my attention:

  • The Test Timer in the upper right-hand corner is a built-in way for you to ensure that your pacing is on track within each section.
  • The Navigation Bar allows you to see how many questions you have left in the section, to flag questions to come back to and to see which sections you’ve flagged.
  • The Highlighter allows you to highlight words and phrases in the passages. I’m super excited that you have the ability to do this, especially for the Reading section, and I think it will make the transition to the CBT format much easier.
  • The Line Reader allows you to zero in on a specific block of text (or figure), which could be a really helpful tool to help you avoid getting distracted from unnecessary or unrelated information.
  • If you’ve ever had a Reading lesson with me, you know that one of my favorite strategies is to “answer the questions in your own words first, then look for the choice that best matches.”  The Answer Masker allows you to mask the answer choices and then reveal them one at a time, so you can do just that!
  • Or… if you’re trying to use the process of elimination on a question, the Answer Eliminator allows you to keep track of the answers that you don’t like.

Will the timing be the same?

Yep!  The same timing that you’ve been practicing all along will still apply.

What about the Writing section?

This is actually one of the sections that I think will be easier with the CBT format.  You’ll now get a text field that does not have a spell-check function but that does give you the ability to copy and paste.  This will allow you to plan out the skeleton of your essay, then elaborate on each point, and then even decide to switch the order of your points if you wish (not to mention, allow you to type instead of writing by hand, which is much faster for most of us!).

What testing centers will be available on what dates?

We have this question half-answered so far:

The 2018-2019 International Test Dates have been released (see below, or check out the ACT's website).  You may notice that there is now a February test offered internationally (there didn’t used to be!) and that both Friday and Saturday are offered for each of the testing windows.  The ACT also reports that “for each of the two days within a testing window, there will be morning and afternoon sessions offered,” which could potentially give you more opportunities to make a test work with your schedule (and your body clock).

However, registration hasn’t opened yet, so there’s still no information available about where the tests will be offered.  Because of the increased technical requirements for test centers under the CBT format, we expect that seats might be limited.  My personal recommendation? Sign up for a text or email alert on the ACT's website to be the first to know when the September test registration opens, and then sign up as soon as possible to ensure that you get a seat in your preferred location.

Still have more questions?

Check out our original "Digital ACT" post - there’s a lot more information there.  And if you have any dúvidas that haven’t yet been addressed, reach out to your instructors and Academic Advisors.  They’ll help you come up with some CBT-specific strategies for the new testing format and make sure that you’re well prepared come September!

Jesse Kolber Foundation Launch A Success!

On May 31, 2018, we celebrated the launch of The Jesse Kolber Foundation with an event & silent auction in Armonk, NY. 

We are thrilled to announce that The Jesse Kolber Foundation raised over $80,000 at the event!

Click here to see all photos from the event.

LogicPrep is thrilled to partner with The Jesse Kolber Foundation in honor of the late Founder of LogicPrep. If you were unable to attend the launch event but wish to donate, click here.

Changes to the ACT Coming September 2018

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In September, the ACT will be making two changes to the test, one of which affects students with accommodations, one that does not. 

Students receiving an accommodation of 50% extra time will be required to have the time divided proportionally among all of the sections rather than having the option to allocate the additional time as they choose. 

Students without accommodations will see a new 5th section of the test appearing. This will be a short, 20-minute section that will "contain the same sorts of questions as the rest of the test" according to the ACT, although they were not able to say what the topic of the questions would be. This section will be experimental and will not impact students' scores.

These changes will be appearing in the US in September.

As always, if you have any question about this announcement or wish to speak with a LogicPrep advisor, we are more than happy to discuss. Click the button below to reach out today!