Saturday, February 10, 2007

SAT Word of the Day - February 10, 2007

Word of the Day

Friday, February 9, 2007

Harvard set to name first female president

BOSTON, Massachusetts (AP) -- In its 371-year history, Harvard University has been led by puritans and patriots, by clergymen and congressmen.

But so far, the country's oldest and wealthiest university has never been led by a woman.

That seems likely to change, in what would be a landmark for women in academia. Harvard's board of overseers will meet Sunday to formally choose the university's 28th president.

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Mandatory Costs at University Break $50,000

Published: February 10, 2007

George Washington University, already the most expensive major university in the country, became the first to raise tuition, fees and other mandatory costs above $50,000. Trustees set tuition for students entering the university in September at $39,210, an increase of 3.8 percent; mandatory fees including housing will push that cost to $50,660, a university spokesman said. The tuition will affect only next year’s freshmen; the university sets costs for each class and then freezes the costs for the duration of the students’ attendance.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Cracking the Books for Financial Aid to College

Published: January 27, 2007

As the price of a degree at a private college shoots toward the cost of a Lamborghini, parents and grandparents are looking for a leg up as well as to correct mistakes that could cost them dearly when applying for need-based financial aid.

Mistakes range from giving money directly to a minor to selling investments in the year that an aid application is made. College counselors, financial advisers and aid specialists say that beyond mending these missteps, there are many legitimate ways to increase the amount of aid. The advice, they say, is not intended to skirt the system or to support an extravagant lifestyle but to put students and their families on firmer financial footing as college costs skyrocket.

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SAT Word and Tip of the Day - 1/30/07

Word of the Day

SAT Tip of the Day

Computer Gets It Wrong in Medical Admission Test


When Daniel Sonshine, a senior at Brown University, took the Medical College Admission Test on Saturday, he was asked to read a passage on robotic fish in the verbal reasoning part of the exam. Then he was presented with a series of questions about songbirds.

This was not a trick question; it was an error.

“I was completely distraught,” Mr. Sonshine said yesterday. “I was struggling to stay focused, but I was not focusing.”

He was probably not alone. About 800 students who took the exam, known as the MCAT, encountered the mistake.

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Tuesday, January 23, 2007

How To Help Your High Schoolers Succeed on Standardized Tests

By Asma Nafee

With tuition rising at colleges and universities, it's natural to hope that your children will get grades and test scores high enough to qualify for a scholarship. Here's what you can do to help them do just that. These aren't quick fixes, mind you; they require dedication to helping your children establish good academic habits.

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