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This Week's Highlights

The Admissions world has been quite busy this past week with announcements in standardized testing, test-optional colleges, and application essays! Additionally, most students in grades K-12 have learned about their options for starting school in August.



The ACT has added new testing dates for fall 2020, including opening up Sunday testing. The updated fall 2020 ACT national test schedule: 


  • Saturday, September 12 (existing)

  • Sunday, September 13 (non-Saturday, existing)

  • Saturday, September 19 (new)


  • Saturday, October 10 (new)

  • Saturday, October 17 (new)

  • Saturday, October 24 (existing)

  • Sunday, October 25 (non-Saturday, existing)


  • Saturday, December 12 (existing)

Starting in September, students can decide if they want a paper or online version of the ACT. Online testing will produce quicker score results as well as ACT superscoring, allowing colleges to get the scores quicker. For more information, visit their site at ACT. As for the July ACT, students will not know about the administration until the end of June. ACT also announced that students who qualify for a fee waiver can receive up to four fee waivers.  


As for the next SAT Administration on August 29th, students have until July 31st to register, but I highly recommend that students register now and not wait for August!

If you took an AP exam in May, be on the lookout for your score between July 15 - 17.  


More and more colleges are going test-optional! Call your college of interest to determine if your university of choice is offering optional testing for admissions requirements. Emory University just announced their decision!

We are all waiting on pins and needles to find out if the University of Georgia and Georgia Institute of technology goes optional! For a recent list of opportunities, visit Fairtest.

Application Essays

Emory and GA Tech have published their essay prompt for the upcoming application season. More colleges will release this information between now and early September. 


If your student is applying to Emory University, the personal statement and 2 of the prompts are required. Students have to choose one prompt from the “Reflections” category and one prompt from the “Tell us about you” category. Each response should be no more than 150 words.

“Reflections” Category

  1. Share about a time when you questioned something that you believed to be true.

  2. If you could go back in time, what advice would you offer yourself at the beginning of secondary/high school?

  3. Reflect on a personal experience where you intentionally expanded your cultural awareness.

“Tell us about you” Category

  1. Which book, character, song, or piece of work (fiction or non-fiction) represents you, and why?

  2. If you could witness a historic event first-hand, what would it be, and why?

  3. Introduce yourself to your first-year Emory University roommate.


GA Tech has assessed what they seek in an applicant and decided that they will no longer utilize the essay portion (AKA Personal Statement) of the Common Application. If submitted, there are no negative ramifications to your application, but we will not consider this essay as part of your application.

Instead, GA TECH seek answers to the following short questions (50 to 300-word limit):

Both prompts below are required of all applicants.

  1. Why do you want to study your chosen major, specifically at Georgia Tech?

  2. All applicants must choose one of the two questions below

    • Georgia Tech is committed to creating solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges. Tell us how you have improved or hope to improve the human condition in your community. OR 

    • If you feel that your personal or community background can provide additional insight to your application that we have not already seen elsewhere, please take this opportunity to share that information with us.


AND IN OTHER NEWS, SCHOOL OPENINGS!!! Check out here for recent decisions this fall.

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