December 20, 2017

What it Means to get Deferred

December 20th, 2017 Every year, colleges exercise their right to “defer” students during the Early Action and Early Decision rounds, but every year few candidates really expect it. It’s never easy to receive an ambiguous decision; some would rather have […]
February 8, 2017

Reading to Improve Your ACT/SAT Test Scores

I recently had a conversation with a friend, who was telling me excitedly about a great first date she had. After eating dinner, my friend and her date browsed in a bookstore and connected over authors they both loved. “It […]
February 10, 2016

The Mind and College Admissions

“All things are ready, if our minds be so.” – Henry V (IV.iii) I sat with one of my students on Saturday as he remarked that college applications feel like a great behemoth to be defeated. It’s Spring Term, and […]
January 21, 2016

Preparing for College Admissions as a junior

About this time of year, many grade 11 students and parents begin thinking about the upcoming college application process. As a junior, the path ahead may feel daunting, but there are a few things you can do now that will […]
May 17, 2013

How to Write a Great Personal Statement

Well, it’s application season again (it kind of always is), so we at Spark Prep thought we’d do a series of posts on how to write a stellar personal statement. In this first installment we’ll talk about the context of […]