How to navigate the test accommodations process
Maybe your student has a long and documented history of their learning difference or maybe you’ve just recently learned it might be something you want to pursue. Either way, the accommodations process can be long, stressful, and confusing. So we’re here to help. If you’re one of the countless Streamline parents who learned of their […]
Well rounded versus Angular
Not so many years ago, the prominent narrative for college admissions was that well-rounded applicants fared the best. Many talented students took this to heart and joined every club, every honor society, and ran for every school or club election possible. Instead of cultivating one passion and pouring their energy into that, many talented students […]
A little bit about SmartyScholars
If you’re a big fan of Streamline, then you may have heard about SmartyScholars, our non-profit fund dedicated to providing test prep services to talented, low-income students. We got our official 501(c)3 status about a year ago, but had been offering one-off pro bono tutoring to talented students for about a year before that. You […]
How Streamline Redefines SAT and ACT Prep
When SAT and ACT season rolls around, many parents hesitate before signing their kids up for test prep. There is already so much going on — lacrosse practice, AP exams, rehearsals — and what does a test prep service really offer? Just a few tricks, a couple of patterns to memorize, all for some number […]
Colleges that offer the best financial and merit aid
The college application strategy of each student is going to be unique. Some students want a big state school. Others want a school known for science and research. Others might want to stay close to home. Still others might be itching to get far away. When considering prospective colleges, students are probably thinking about game […]
When should I start test prep?
The week after the PSAT scores come out, our phones ring off the hook! Parents of both sophomores and juniors call us, wondering when they can get their kid started with test prep. And while this may seem like a question with an obvious answer, the answer is actually quite specific to each individual. We’ve […]
Schools that require all test scores to be reported
The ways in which standardized tests are valued and evaluated is truly school-specific. Some colleges superscore while others will not. Some schools allow you to choose which test score(s) you want them to see while others require that you report all scores. It’s important to check out the policies of each school you’re applying to […]
What Is Early Decision 2 and should you consider it?
Early Decision 2 is basically a second round of binding admissions. Early Decision II allows students to enter into a binding agreement with a college later on in the admissions cycle. Why Schools Offer It Colleges offer Early Decision 2 (and early decision in general) to improve their yield rates, or how many admitted students […]
I got my PSAT scores… now what?
Last week, most sophomores and juniors received their results from the PSAT they took in October. We promise, even if you are disappointed by the score, there is no reason to freak out just yet! Before we get into it, please check out this blog that generally explains how you should interpret your PSAT scores. […]
How does the SAT curve work
What’s a curve and how does the SAT “curve” work? Your high school teachers may “curve” a test when the whole class does poorly. Maybe the highest grade was an 88%, so she adds 12% to every students grade so that way the highest grade is now 100% and everyone’s score is a bit higher. […]