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A Is for Admission: The Insider's Guide to Getting into the Ivy League and Other Top Colleges Paperback – September 22, 2009
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For generations, the admissions process of the Ivy League schools has been cloaked in mystery and myth. Now Michele A. Hernandez, a former admissions officer at Dartmouth College, finally breaks the ancient code of silence to reveal how the world's most highly selective schools really make their decisions. With absolute candor, she tells you all the hard truths, how officials factor in every extenuating circumstance, and, most important, how to make this complex, high-stakes system work for you. Thorough, direct, and written for results, A IS FOR ADMISSION answers the questions asked by countless students:
-- What do admissions officers look for and what turns them off?
-- How are test scores and grades truly evaluated?
-- Does applying for early decision hurt or help you get into the college of your choice?
-- How can you improve the odds of acceptance? ...and much more.
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The reason I say that it's more of a litmus test is that most readers go into this book thinking that ANYONE could follow the pages step by step, checking off each word of advice, and then finding a big, thick envelope waiting for them in their mailboxes with a thrilling offer of admission. They quickly learn, however, that not everyone is Ivy League material, at least at the age of 17-18. No one likes to hear that their child or they themselves are limited, but believe me, having gone through the college admission process, it's instrumental for one to have a clear understanding of what is doable and what isn't. Hernandez does an excellent job of describing what sort of student one is (or one has the capability of), and then shows that the obvious Ivy League-level kids stand a great chance of getting in, as is. She then describes little tricks and strategies for these kids to prepare their applications accordingly, what not to say in an interview, being one's self in the personal essay, and so forth. In other words, she shows the student how NOT to mess up their application.
For those who aren't necessarily Ivy League bound but still very intelligent and hard working, the author gives advice on how to maximize such a person's profile and luck so that the chance of getting noticed by an Ivy League admissions officer increases significantly, though not necessarily immensely.Read more ›
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This is a must read for any family new to the college admission process. After reading this book I felt better about what kind of questions to ask of our high school counselor.Published 7 months ago by Sofia Colon
Hopefully the things I learned from this book will help me navigate the confusing college admissions process. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Barry Lifson,Rosa Lifson
The book is fine, but a bit outdated. It belongs to the age when paper based apps were still prevalent. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Sihao Yu
This informative book was a joy to read. It was unique among the admissions books in that it described in detail exactly what goes on in an admissions office. Read morePublished on July 8, 2014 by fifty50
Very valuable for anyone hoping to get a kid into Harvard (or Amherst, JHU, etc.). Her most valuable contribution is identifying the audience for your application. Read morePublished on May 21, 2014 by Amazon Customer
This book helped my son in getting scholarship to most of the college schools he applied to. I highly recommend this bookPublished on April 5, 2014 by Sapphire
received in a timely manner. Not quite what I was looking for to help a college student get into a phd program but would be helpful for high school studentsPublished on February 9, 2014 by MB