High School Transcript / GPA
High school course selection is a vital element in preparing for your future. This process involves strategically selecting courses to meet simultaneous goals. At ThinkTank Learning our trained consultants will help you choose courses that satisfy high school graduation and college entrance requirements and that help you achieve your goals.
AP & Honors Classes
There are more than 30 AP and Honors courses offered each year at American high schools. You can’t take them all. Which should you take? Which are right for you? Which will be more useful in the college application process?
GPA and Trend
We will work with you to design a study plan that shows your commitment to challenging yourself while ensuring your optimal academic performance.
Sometimes we just need a little extra help. For some people, it’s history. For others, it’s the writing section of the SAT.
Our small group sessions (1-on-1, 1-on-2, 1-on-3) taught by experts in their respective fields are just the help you need. We offer flexibility in location, time, and subject, and will help you to meet your goals, whatever they might be.
SAT, ACT & Other Tests
SAT Reasoning Test
The SAT Reasoning Test is a test administered by the College Board for use in the college admissions decision and is required by most colleges. The test lasts three hours and forty-five minutes and is composed of three sections: Critical Reading, Mathematics, and Writing. Each section has a score ranging from 200-800 resulting in a total possible score of 2400.
Test dates are in January, March, April, May, June, October, November, and December.
When should you take the test? Most students take the SAT during the second semester of their junior year or the first semester of senior year in high school.
How many times should you take the test? We recommend 2-3 times depending on the outcome.
SAT Subject Tests
The SAT Subject Tests are content-based, subject specific tests in areas ranging from English literature to Chemistry, among others. These tests are designed to measure your knowledge of a specific area and are required by competitive colleges.
Should you take an SAT Subject test? The answer depends on the schools you’re applying to, but if you have strengths in certain academic areas, this is a great way to show it to colleges!
The ACT is an alternative to the SAT. It is composed of English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science Reasoning sections with an optional Writing component. The ACT is generally offered in September, October, December, February, April, and June. The length of the exam is around three hours. The optional writing section requires an additional thirty minutes.
Our consultants can work with you to determine whether the ACT might be a better fit for your testing needs.
The Advanced Placement (AP) program offers advanced-level college courses and exams to students enrolled in high school. The exams are offered in 34 areas in languages, sciences, mathematics, and social sciences. The exams are offered each May and are a great way for students to demonstrate mastery of a subject while also earning college credit.
We can help you decide which AP exams to take and when to take them.
The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required for international applicants to US colleges. It might also be required if you have not attended all of your high school years in the US. Based on your school list, we will help you determine if you need to take this exam.
Participating in your high school’s campus organizations is an important part of being an active member in your community. In fact, colleges look for your leadership in these organizations. With so many activities to choose from, choosing the appropriate clubs can be a daunting task. Similar to choosing the right courses, our consultants will help you find activities and organizations that are right for you.
Future veterinarians might volunteer in animal shelters. Future social workers might serve in soup kitchens. These are just a few ways high school students volunteer in their communities, and there are many more opportunities around us. Volunteering is important because it demonstrates participation in the world around you and provides great opportunities to show colleges the things you really care about. Our consultants will work with you to locate volunteer opportunities that help you to become engaged in your community and also serve a strategic purpose in your overall application strategy.
Sports / Athletics
Many high school students participate in sports. Soccer, baseball, badminton, lacrosse–we’ve worked with students from all. Participating in athletics is a great way to do something you love while also presenting yourself as a well-rounded applicant to colleges. We can work with you in balancing your schedule so that you can do it all: classes, test prep, sports, volunteering, clubs, and whatever else you love. We respect your busy schedule and we’ll give you the strategies you need to maintain it.
Depending on your interests and academic desires, you might want to take part in a summer program. Past students have participated in programs such as the Summer Science Program affiliated with CalTech, the COSMOS program for high-achieving math students, and the MOSAIC program for aspiring journalists, among others. Programs of this type can help you decide if you’re really meant to be the math professor you’ve always wanted to be, and also give you a chance to put into practice all the things you learn in the classroom. We’ll work with you to find programs based on your needs, interests, and plans for the future.
A signature project is a self-organized initiative addressing a need in the community, (re)inventing a product or service, or partnering with an uncommon organization working to achieve a goal. This extra-curricular project is intended for self-disciplined, high-achieving students who are inherently creative and want to challenge themselves. If this sounds like you, our consultants will collaborate with you to get you started on your new social venture, tech start-up, or whatever it might be. We often tell our students that extracurriculars must be as unique and relevant as possible, and signature projects are about as good as it gets.
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