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Frequent Questions for the College Consultant

Q. How do I discover which colleges are the best fit for me?

Q. What separates the college consultants at College Consulting, Inc. from other college consulting groups?

Q. Why would I want to choose the CCI College Consultant?

Q. What does the CCI College Consultant do for the student?College Admissions Counseling

Q. What are your fees?

Q. When should I take the SAT and the ACT? Is it a good idea to take them a second time?

Q. Can you provide the preparation so that my child can get her very best scores on the ACT and the SAT?

Q. Why would I take the SAT Subject Tests?

Q. When is the best time to hire the College Consulting Coach for my child?

Q. My friends have told me that the best time to visit college campuses is in the summer. Would that be better than visiting in the school year?

Q. Some of my friends are applying Early Decision. Would it be best for me to also apply Early Decision?

Q. I am involved in so many extracurricular activities that I have almost no unscheduled time. Am I right in assuming that this will make me a stronger candidate for college admission?

Q. What is the best plan for a college visit?

Q. Do you provide assistance to transfer students?

Q. Do you have extended hours for appointments?

Q. Do you work with college graduates in their quest for admissions to graduate school?

Q. Why should we hire you?

Q. How do I discover which colleges are the best fit for me?

A. You should thoroughly review several of your most relevant personal/academic factors, including

  • your grades
  • your standardized test results
  • your specific talents and the documentations you have of them
  • your skills and interests, along with their supporting evidence
  • all self-assessments, both standardized and non-standardized
  • your aspirations for a college major and career fields
  • your personal history

As you review these forms of personal information, you need to relate them to each potential institution to which you might apply, specifically with regard to each college’s

  • level of selectivity
  • setting
  • student body size and diversity
  • location
  • costs of tuition and room and board
  • quality of academic programs for your proposed major
  • athletic programs
  • extracurricular clubs and activities

Certainly you can find much information relating to these things from college guide books and college websites, but more importantly when you complete your preplanned assessment of each college during a campus visit, you will discover that the campus tour, the information session, and the visits inside classroom buildings and with students will answer your questions at a higher level.

The College Consulting Coach can help you unravel the college admissions process and help you on each and every necessary step with the highest quality of advice. Contact Lesley Miller, Director of College Consulting, Inc. at collegeconsulting@comcast.net or call (847)505-9100.

Q. What separates the college consultants at College Consulting, Inc. from other college consulting groups?

We, at College Consulting Inc, are consummate professionals, maintaining our expertise continually through research, college visits, reading, College Consulting Incprofessional development, multifaceted college contact and communication with academically superior programs. In advancing our abilities to deal with the exceedingly complex, ever changing, intricate college admissions processes we strive to understand at a level such that we foresee changes even before they are implemented. Such insight provides an extreme advantage to our clients. We carry superb qualifications and our consummate preparedness is intended for one purpose, to advance our clients. We hone our skills at advising and coaching for the college admissions processes and the strategies that best develop exceptional educational planning.

To assist us in our constant striving to improve we rely on resources and guidelines available to us through our memberships in the Higher Education Consultants Association, The American Counseling Association and The American College Counseling Association. These professional organizations exemplify the pinnacle of ethical standards for behavior. CCI College Consultants adhere to the Principles of Good Practice as prescribed by these professional organizations.

Q. Why would I want to hire the CCI College Consultant?

A. The college selection and college application processes have become increasingly complex and competitive and are becoming more so with each passing year. Many colleges are seeking students with unique or angular talents or those who stand out in some very extraordinary way. Some elements of your application can unite to convey your uniqueness, including the activity sheets, the counselor and teacher recommendations, the personal statements, the summary of your campus interview and your follow-up communications. The CCI College Consultant can coach you in the crafting of these elements cohesively and to your advantage. We leave no stone unturned in our process of discovering elements of your personal history that can benefit you when you present them appropriately.

Q. What does the CCI College Consultant do for the student?

A. Across all aspects of the college selection and college application process we assist students in uncovering and maximizing their passions, their motives and their drives, those things that set them apart from the masses. We coach them on how to display their individual achievements and unique character throughout the process. We start with curricular and extracurricular planning and continue with support in the development and completion of goals. We encourage them to choose the best-suited of the challenging courses available.

Our services help them to develop the strategies behind choosing which teachers to ask for recommendations and guide them in topic development, refinement and editing for the essays. We offer customized preparation for standardized entrance exams, provide them with interview skill development, review the comprehensive application forms, give assistance in developing the student resume and often refine the details of the unique talent portfolio. In all this, we prepare the students to shine brilliantly in the absolute best of their individual accomplishments and personal achievements!

Our overriding goal is to help students gain admission to the colleges that are their best match in all ways, so that success and happiness will be theirs.

Q. What are your fees?

A. It depends. Your needs determine the service level provided by the College Preparation coach. We offer the Comprehensive, Unlimited Hours Program, which covers every aspect of guidance in a thorough and detailed plan or you could need a specific, custom-tailored form of assistance within our Four-Hour Series of Sessions. Some students’ needs might be best satisfied through our Hourly Rate, Specialized Assistance. Please contact us for more information.

Our specialty is the genuinely comprehensive college consulting program. The College Preparation consultant provides truly comprehensive counseling and consulting for the most advantageous pathways to college admissions at affordable rates.

We provide affordable college counseling and consulting for our clients and serve them with face-to-face sessions, webcam (Skype) sessions, and frequent contact by email, fax and phone. You may request the specifics on our fees by contacting us at director@collegepreparationinc.com or by filling out our contact form.

Q. When should I take the SAT and the ACT? Is it a good idea to take them a second time?

A. For the ambitious student it may be reasonable to take the ACT in the sophomore and junior years and once again in the fall of the senior year. Being well prepared is advisable as disciplined preparation leads to significantly increased ACT scores.

The SAT exam is always best taken when the student is fully prepared for it. There may be a desire to take it a second or third time, but consider the policies and recommendations of the colleges to which you may be applying. Each college has a policy regarding the releasing of scores. You will want to know ahead of time if all of your attempts will necessarily be reported. The single most advantageous time to take the SAT is from March to June of the junior year. In some situations, taking it a second time in the fall of the senior year is advisable.

Q. Can you provide the preparation so that my child can get her very best scores on the ACT and the SAT?

A. Yes, we can! The CCI Premier Tutor provides two formats which give the optimum preparation for either the ACT or the SAT (and PSAT). These two formats include the Premier Tutoring One-on-One and the Small Group Premier Tutoring (3 to 5 students). Significant details are contained on their respective pages. In both of these programs there are 24 hours of customized instruction, in addition to 4 proctored practice tests and so much more to maximize the learning that promotes the highest levels of scoring.

Q. Why would I take the SAT Subject Tests?

A. The SAT Subject Tests are required by some colleges, primarily the more selective ones, and are used as part of the overall evaluation process by the admissions committees. Each SAT Subject Test takes one hour to complete; up to three may be taken in one day but not on the day you take the SAT. It is often recommended that taking two on a single day is a practical maximum. After you have a preliminary college list developed, become familiar with the requests and expectations of each of the colleges regarding requirements and recommendations for entrance exams, including the SAT Subject Tests. Ideally SAT Subject Tests are taken in the late spring of your junior year when memory of your academic course work is strong and fresh.

Q. When is the best time to hire the College Consulting Coach for my child?

A. Students have an advantage when they come to us earlier rather than later. A great deal of strategic academic, intellectual and extracurricular planning can take place in the freshman and sophomore high school years. Our considerable exploratory discussions of the many potentials and variables stimulates the student’s examination of options and enhances drives and motivations.

Early planning gives us time to delineate interests and build foundations for a steady progression of accomplishments and contributions, including focused summer options. Expert planning and strategic guidance can elevate a student in the eyes of the admissions committees, but more importantly, it can also assist a student in seeing the potentials earlier and making wiser personal decisions during the formative high school years.

Q. My friends have told me that the best time to visit college campuses is in the summer. Would that be better than visiting in the school year?

A. Visiting the campus of a college you are considering is one of the best ways to determine whether it is the school for you. When you visit you will want to view all those things which are critical to your ultimate college selection, including the physical facilities, the extracurricular, social and cultural surroundings and the academic atmosphere. These are easiest to assess during the regular academic year when you can talk to students and visit classroom buildings related to your potential major.

There is the added advantage that your campus visit will provide you when you complete the application. Your response to the visit will bring far more power and certainty to the essay that reflects how it is a good match for you.

Q. Some of my friends are applying Early Decision. Would it be best for me to also apply Early Decision?

A. The Early Decision application indicates to the college that you will contractually agree to attend if you are accepted, so of course colleges are delighted when students who meet their criteria send an Early Decision application! You, on the other hand, would only want to apply where you truly want to go, so if you are absolutely certain you have a single college desired above all others, then the Early Decision application is right for you.

Q. I am involved in so many extracurricular activities that I have almost no unscheduled time. Am I right in assuming that this will make me a stronger candidate for college admission?

A. Not necessarily. Many selective schools are looking for focused extracurriculars that include leadership or significant achievement. Stretching yourself across too many activities makes it difficult to focus on excelling and making meaningful contributions. Quality of extracurricular involvement counts for far more than quantity. Staying with several activities across your high school years demonstrates commitment, maturity and fortitude and generally leads to higher achievement.

Q. What is the best plan for a college visit?

A. Be certain to schedule a college visit well in advance through the admissions office. Arrive with plenty of time to be at the right locations when things begin. Take time to participate in all the options that are available including attending an information session, participating in a campus tour, talking to current students, walking through classroom buildings, and collecting materials that relate to your interests. This latter category will provide you with important reading to digest shortly after your visit and again when you are reviewing potential colleges. Your goal in visiting a campus is to come away with as much information as possible so that your decision in the college admissions process is well-formulated.

Q. Do you provide assistance to transfer students?

A. Yes. Transfer student admissions from one college to another has become a fairly common event in the academic landscape. Deciding whether, when, and how to transfer is a highly complex and often stressful process for many students and their families. Frequently the student seeks a more challenging or specialized situation. Selecting the most appropriate target schools, choosing the right academic courses, refining activities and skills, determining extracurricular/summer experiences, and writing outstanding essays, which have taken on a more significant role in the transfer admissions decisions, all make a major difference in the admissions decisions regarding transfer students. The College Consultant Coach assists with every step of the transfer student’s college application process, providing customized guidance all along the way.

Q. Do you have extended hours for appointments?

A. Yes, in our effort to provide the most customized services for our clients, we have developed a great amount of flexibility in our schedule; in addition to regular business hours, we have after-school, evening and weekend appointments readily available, along with communications by fax (847)235-2246, email collegeconsulting@comcast.net and phone (847)505-9100.

Q. Do you work with college graduates in their quest for admissions to graduate school?

A. Yes, the College Preparation consultant provides professional counseling for students who are planning to develop graduate school applications, law school applications or allopathic and osteopathic medical school applications. Initially we develop a strategic plan that is built on a comprehensive review of the student’s academic and personal history, along with goals and ambitions.

The process for you if applying to graduate school or law school is different and more narrowly focused than that for the student involved in the college admissions process. We help you substantiate your passion, drive and preparation for graduate school study. Consulting may be done for one aspect of graduate school admissions or the entire process, as desired.

Our services for the applicant to graduate school or law school include:

  • Analysis of your college records and your background information
  • Advisement for standardized testing, test preparation and retesting
  • Evaluation of extracurricular activities
  • Essay development: consistency, refinement, editing
  • School selection
  • Detailed application assistance
  • Interviewing techniques and mock interviews
  • Career assessment, analysis and counseling
  • Guidance in letters of recommendation
  • Strategic positioning: emphasizing strengths while ameliorating weaknesses

In the case of a medical school applicant, the College Consulting Coach helps you explore all the options available based on your goals, abilities and constraints. We assist in the comprehensive evaluation of programs that match your abilities and goals. Our guidance can take you through the entire, detailed and intensive medical school application process. We are also willing College Consulting Incto assist where the need is specific to one or several aspects of the application, such as the essays, personal statements and test preparations.

Our services for the applicant to medical school include:

  • Analysis of college records and background information
  • Advisement for standardized testing, test preparation and retesting
  • Evaluation of extracurricular activities
  • Assessment, analysis and counseling
  • School selection
  • Specific assistance with the AMCAS and AACOMAS applications
  • Assistance with the secondary applications
  • Personal statement development/refinement for the AMCAS application
  • Personal statement development for your secondary (med school) applications
  • Interviewing technique refinement and mock interviews
  • Guidance on letters of recommendation
  • Strategic positioning: emphasizing strengths while ameliorating weaknesses

Q. Why should we hire you?

A. Top Twelve Reasons to Hire Us:

You will want to hire the College Consulting Inc. coaches because we

  • inspire the student to take charge of the college search process under expert guidance.
  • guide the student in crafting a dynamic essay which reveals the unique edge that is often a decision-maker for the college admissions committee.
  • help you to make a wise decision about one of the largest investments a family makes; professional advice measurably increases the potential for a sound choice in the college selection investment.
  • shed light on a very intricate, often confusing process while putting a focus on each of the essential elements.
  • reduce uncertainties and tensions and increase the enjoyment of discovery and accomplishment during each step of the college admissions process.
  • help the student avoid confusion and frustration brought on by information overload.
  • give the student ongoing and individually tailored attention that assists with each and every detail of the college admissions process.
  • motivate the student to expand opportunities and achieve the highest goals.
  • provide the type of learning necessary for the creation of outstanding essays and the preparation for successful interviews that enhances lifelong communication skills.
  • help you to experience the highest levels of motivation, confidence and effectiveness.
  • enhance your ability to distinguish yourself in every way among all other applicants.
  • assist you in achieving a college fit the brings great satisfaction and success.