April 4, 2011 WDP Newsletter

Tip of the Week

Please share with your student….

This weekend is the ACT. You think you’re ready. You’ve studied well, have your pencils at the ready, and three alarm clocks set just to make sure you don’t oversleep. What could possibly go wrong?

Just to give you an idea, here’s an email that I received from a student after the last ACT:

“Not to be a downer but that last 5 hours of my life honestly belongs in an ACT from hell movie. Besides the proctor actually being moderately illiterate and no clock just a time based off of his watch, a girl got the hiccups for the entire reading section, a janitor vacuumed the hallways, two girls actually had conversations throughout the test, half the room didn’t bring their admission tickets or pencils, and some boy kicked me every 5 minutes. It was definitely quite an experience. But, I did my best…”

This real email should serve as a warning. Not everything is in our control! Whatever you worry about going wrong probably won’t – but chances are, there is plenty that will. So add this tidbit to your test day preparation list: Get ready to roll with the punches, doing your best and never giving up, no matter what fate throws your way. And don’t get discouraged even if the test taker next to you is making awful noises or kicking you – the student who wrote this email actually reached her target score! She handled the distractions with humor and refused to give up the fight. Remember, stay focused, do your best, and don’t panic. If you don’t hit your mark there is always June!

Weekly Word:

Urbane (adj.)  Cosmopolitan; worldly

Suzy’s new friend, a foreign exchange student, was urbane; he had lived in six different countries.

College Spotlight


Girls, listen up! Barnard is not just another all-girls school… it’s the all-girls school that Carrie Bradshaw would go to if she could! Now the most popular women’s college in the country, Barnard is a division of Columbia University. It’s a small, rigorous school set on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Barnard is next to Broadway, just blocks from Riverside Drive, and across the street from Columbia, giving students the best of NYC. As if that wasn’t enough, students are offered a wide range of courses and can cross-register at Columbia for more classroom and research options.

Total Enrollment: 2,359

SAT CR:  640-740/   Math: 610-700

ACT:  28-31

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