In this episode, Michelle McAnaney, the founder of The College Spy, and her co-host, Justin McAnaney, discuss letters of recommendation. We review where the letter fits into the college admissions process and how, from whom and when to ask for a letter recommendation. We address strategies for working with school counselors, teachers and others to obtain strong recommendation letters and some pitfalls to avoid as students work through this key element of the college application.
In this episode, Michelle McAnaney, the founder of The College Spy, and her co-host, Justin McAnaney, discuss test optional college admissions policies. We review what "test optional" means for the student and the college and why colleges are increasingly adopting these policies, especially in connection with the COVID-19 virus. We address how students should plan for admissions to test optional colleges and universities.
For a list of the 1,000+ test optional colleges and universities in the United States and additional information on standardized testing, see:
The National Center for Fair and Open Testing: https://www.fairtest.org
In this episode Michelle McAnaney, the founder of The College Spy, and her co-host, Justin McAnaney, discuss the impact COVID-19 is having on college admissions and how high school juniors and seniors will need to move forward with their college search and selection process despite the disruption caused by the virus. This is a developing topic that changes day-to-day as colleges, standardized testing providers and high schools continue to update their responses to the virus. The following are key resources for parents and students as they navigate college planning and admissions at this challenging time:
College Virtual Tours:
College Search Resources:
For information about the SAT, SAT Subject Tests and AP Exams:
For information about the ACT:
For information about Test Optional admissions policies: