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You’re At Home – Testing Updates and Resources

Genius Blog Post: News

March 1, 2020

TEST PREP NEWS:

You're At Home -

Testing Updates and Resources


Everyone now appears to be educating at home. Many of you are homeschoolers but many are charting new waters when it comes to these unprecedented times. We are here to answer any questions that you may have when it comes to test prep, college entrance and standardized tests.

When it comes to college entrance exams being cancelled, take this great opportunity as a grace period to practice and get your scores higher since 85% of colleges admit and give scholarships based on a test score.

Even with test cancellations, know this too will pass and hopefully all will get back to normal. Testing companies, like everyone else, will have to adjust. The need for students to ace standardized tests will always be around so take advantage of the opportunity since you can’t get time back.

Here’s a guideline for a Study Plan with the College Prep Genius online eCourse on acing standardized tests like the SAT/ACT/CLT...If you don’t own it, purchase at www.collegeprepgenius.com

Everyone now appears to be educating at home. Many of you are homeschoolers but many are charting new waters when it comes to these unprecedented times. We are here to answer any questions that you may have when it comes to test prep, college entrance and standardized tests.

When it comes to college entrance exams being cancelled, take this great opportunity as a grace period to practice and get your scores higher since 85% of colleges admit and give scholarships based on a test score.

Even with test cancellations, know this too will pass and hopefully all will get back to normal. Testing companies, like everyone else, will have to adjust. The need for students to ace standardized tests will always be around so take advantage of the opportunity since you can’t get time back.

Here’s a guideline for a Study Plan with the College Prep Genius online eCourse on acing standardized tests like the SAT/ACT/CLT...If you don’t own it, purchase at www.collegeprepgenius.com

1.

Watch the important videos:

a. Download the books

b. Practice, practice, practice

c. Getting Started

d. College Prep Genius Notebook

2.

Take Test #1 for your baseline SAT score.

3.

Follow the daily homework guide, approximately one hour a day.

4.

Do the quizzes.

5.

Follow the Checklist for Success.

IMPORTANT UPDATES AND RESOURCES

SAT Updates:
pages.collegeboard.org/natural-disasters

ACT Updates:
https://www.act.org/content/act/en/covid-19.html

CLT Updates:
Now is the time to consider the CLT (Classic Learning Test) Given that the CLT primarily offers exams that are online and can be taken at home, they have needed to adjust very little to keep operations running smoothly. This test is a great
alternative and could be the differentiator for college entrance and scholarships.

Use Partner ID: CPG18 for half off registration. cltexam.com College Prep Genius is the only test prep company recommended by CLT and our CLT test prep program will be out soon. A note from these great folks:

“During this time of uncertainty, many families are experiencing financial difficulties. CLT is happy to offer scholarships to take the exam, including full fee waivers. Please contact us to learn more.
[email protected] or (844) 925-8392

Here are some updates on the financial aid side:

Congress Response to Students Displaced by The Coronavirus
Congress has proposed the Supporting Students in Response to Coronavirus Act, which includes $1.2 billion in emergency financial aid funding "to students in higher education to help address basic needs created by unexpected college closures and COVID-19 related disruptions, including food, housing, health care, and child care needs.

Stock Market Slides & Financial Consequences Could Close Down Some Colleges for Good!
There has already been a working list of colleges that have or are in danger of shutting down due to financial risk. Some schools like the University of Wisconsin system are expected to consolidate.

While many other schools have or are considering merging with other colleges and universities. Recent schools that have closed are Newbury College, Green Mountain College and Wheelock College which merged with my alma mater Boston University.

But this was long before all the recent news. We can expect to see several other colleges, especially small colleges without hefty, billion dollar endowments close due to economic downturn.

Will College Students Get A Refund for Their Housing Bill?
With students being ask to leave their college campuses, there have been some concern over whether they will be reimbursed for housing and meal plans they've paid for.

Current Students in Most Cases Keep Their Financial Aid
Most student's classes have moved online, but there are some classes that are having difficulty transitioning such as Theatre or classes with labs.

If the classes get cancelled, students may move to part-time status and lose their financial aid eligibility. The Dept. of Ed says they have no say in the matter.

Some Students May Receive More Financial Aid
If you're experiencing hardship because your employer closed down due to the virus or you're the owner of a gym, fine dining restaurant, bar or club for example, you can contact the financial aid office and ask for professional judgement.

Department of Education Ensures Work-Study Payments
Many students on work-study at their college will continue to get paid even though they're not on campus.

Coronavirus Also Affects Student Loan Borrowers
The president has discussed pausing interest for some student loans. We may also see student loan interest rates significantly decrease which can allow for refinances for borrowers with outstanding debt.

Source: https://www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/paying-for-college/articles/how-the-coronavirus-can-disrupt-your-college-financialaid and Trevor Ramos

If you’re worried about the legacy of College debt then I invite you go watch, How to Ace the SAT and GetFREE College (collegeprepgenius.com/AceTheSAT). I taught my kids how to do this. And since then I have helped literally tens of thousands of students create a better future for themselves. I would love to help you!

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