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Should I take the ACT or SAT?

OTC’s Mission is to help schools and families create two and four-year college graduates with minimal debt. In my travels around the country as the face of a premier college prep company, I am frequently asked questions like "Should I take the ACT or the SAT? How many...

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U Chicago goes Test Optional

The University of Chicago, a highly selective research university, this summer became test optional, joining the ranks of many liberal arts colleges, some of which are selective. It seems likely that more selective research universities and liberal arts colleges will...

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Growing Grit

“I thought it would be more fun than this.  I would have never let you bring me if I’d have known it would be like this.” These words poured forth from my soaked and shivering 14-year-old daughter as she sobbed on my shoulder in the Brunswick, Nebraska Community...

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Can Money Buy Happiness?

A student asked me recently for my thoughts on money and happiness. Here are her questions and my responses. Do you think that money can buy happiness? Why or why not? Money can buy freedom— the freedom to fully pursue passions, to start a business, to get instruction...

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Screenagers

Television programming has emerged from its ‘Love Boat’ Dark Ages and entered its Enlightenment. One site celebrates “more than 500 scripted shows set to air in 2018.” Movie stars-- Brandon Fraser, Paul Giamatti, et al-- are starring on the small screen.  For the...

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College or Career?

A reaction from John Baylor to Bloomberg's article: https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2018-05-31/michael-bloomberg-education-for-college-and-career-readiness The American Talent Initiative, a coalition of top colleges committed to increasing the number of...

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