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PUNCH NEWSLETTER December 2013

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Talkin' Smack-a-demic: December '13
Feeling too overwhelmed to enjoy the holidays? Instead, make this a December to remember with Punch’s expert tips for narrowing down your short list, deciphering early test results, and more. We’ll also help you dig for scholarship gold in the unlikeliest of places. It’s the college-bound gift that keeps on giving!

Cracking the PSAT Code
PSAT scores will be released later this month—do you know how to decipher yours? Check out these PSAT pointers from testing guru Lisa Mader.
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Harvard Professor Rails Against Grade Inflation
A long-time Harvard prof recently lashed out over grade inflation, after learning that students are receiving mainly A’s at the college.
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Don’t Settle for a Poor SAT Score
Everyone knows a great SAT score is about more than book smarts. Learn tips to significantly raise your score—up to 250 points higher—the second time around.
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Squids and Whales Square Off

The age-old debate takes a peculiar turn, as a recent study suggests that men are “better at map reading” while women excel at “remembering a conversation.”

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Must-See Videos Go Behind the Admissions Curtain

Wondering what happens after you click “send”? Check out these behind-the-scenes videos showing how admission officers scrutinize applications.


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Dates To Remember
 
SAT
Test Dates
Registration
Deadline
Late Reg
Deadline
Details
JAN
25
Dec 27 Jan 14 Register
MAR
8
Feb 7 Feb 24 Register

ACT Test
Dates

Registration
Deadline

Late Reg
Deadline

Details

FEB
8
Jan 10
Jan 11-24
Register
APR
12
Mar 7 Mar 8-21 Register

Discuss the ACT and SAT on College Confidential
 
College S.O.S.: Lifesaving Expert Tips
Lost in the choppy waters of college planning? College S.O.S. can help! Next up in this series of expert-led webinars:
  • January 15: Admissions guru Sally Rubenstone assesses “reach” and “safety” schools to help families narrow their list. Register now!
  • February 26: College expert Dan Bisig presents scholarships any student can apply for. Get ready to supercharge your search. Register now!
Ask the Dean
Insistence On Distance: Advice for Daughter Ill-Suited for Faraway College
Question: What is the best advice to give a student who is dead-set on going “as far away from home as possible,” knowing she doesn’t have the personality for that?

Find out what the dean said…

Admit This!
Home for the (Happy?) Holidays

For parents of a fist-year college student, the first holiday “visit” can prove interesting—if not downright stressful, since your son or daughter has been completely on his or her own since you dropped them off for their first day of college.

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