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College Prep Genius is here to teach you all the tips and tricks in which you can ace the SAT and get FREE money for college (no strings attached)! Jean Burk’s program will give you all the inside information on how to get money for college, put together a college transcript, and become a logic-based thinker. Jean will debunk myths & misconceptions, all while providing you all the information on how to stop fearing the SAT.

College Prep Genius Jean Burke

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College Prep Genius is here to teach you all the tips and tricks in which you can ace the SAT and get FREE money for college (no strings attached)! Jean Burk’s program will give you all the inside information on how to get money for college, put together a college transcript, and become a logic-based thinker. Jean will debunk myths & misconceptions, all while providing you all the information on how to stop fearing the SAT.

    SAT Changes

    SAT Changes

    SAT Changes ~ Episode 90

    What are the SAT changes? Is the SAT going away? In this podcast Jean Burk shares her expertise with all of you, and here is the inside scoop! College prep is important.

    Visit Jean's website and online classes at CollegePrepGenius.com

    Many changes are coming and this podcast will help you get prepared. Tests typically change every ten years or so, and upcoming this is happening again. There are so many rumors that are not true, and one of them is that the SAT is no longer necessary or any test. This is not true. The SAT, ACT, and CLT are here to stay. Why? Test scores are tied into college ranking so they will be needed and if not these standardized tests, colleges will prepare their own. Students need something more than a transcript to get into college.

    The CLT was prepared to be online way before it was needed! They were in place when the pandemic hit and colleges all over the USA took the CLT instead of the ACT and SAT (since they were not testing at that time.)

    New SAT changes will come before 2024 and one big change is the length of the test. It will be around two hours long. It will also be available to take online with a secure server and back up. Students, parents, and educators have been assured that the test information will be secure as well as protected. Another change is that the length of time will be longer to answer each test question. Calculators will be allowed when in the past they were banned.

    College Prep Genius will be prepared with updates once the new tests are released. There is a caution to believe any test-taking class that claims to have the tests in advance as this is not true.

    The PSAT new format will be released in 2023 which is one year earlier than the new SAT changes. This will affect current (2022) high school freshmen. The PSAT is taken when the high school student is in their junior year. This test is one of the main ones used for scholarships.

    A small percentage (UC schools in California) have waived the SAT and ACT tests yet are still requiring their own in-house test and charging students to take this test. This is a small number of colleges in the grand total, yet the tests they require are also standardized the only way to level the playing field.

    Two types of tests are: School test: based on what was taught and knowledge. Logic Test: based on no particular subject and based on critical thinking.

    College Prep Genius claims to help students: beat the test, help in pointing out patterns and rules that the student can learn inside and out to become experts in this area of test-taking with the time to study and prepare. The key is to start practicing early and to trust the system. The test planners have to follow the same patterns and ways to write the tests. The student can learn these patterns.

    Keys to Test Taking:

    * Practice

    * Start early

    * Understand the patterns

    * Prepare

    * See the right answer

    * Know why the wrong answer is wrong

    * Accuracy is more important than speed

    * Know the test is beatable

    * Tests are not going away

    * Tests will be shorter than currently




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    7th and 8th Grade College Checklist

    7th and 8th Grade College Checklist

    7th and 8th Grade College Checklist ~ Episode 89

    Is your 7th and 8th grader thinking about college, do you need a college checklist? There is no time like present and there are ways to prepare early, only if you are interested in those scholarship opportunities!

    Visit Jean Burk at CollegePrepGenius.com  Jean offers online classes, in-person and live online sessions as well.

    Listen to past episodes here on College Checklists:

    Ultimate College Checklists Grades 9-10 here.

    College Checklists 11-12th grade here.

    Creating good study habits is a good way to prepare for college. Does your child have what it takes? Studying takes time and practices like anything else your child does. Study habits and taking good notes is important as well. Setting up your child for success the earlier the better. One of the keys is studying a foreign language, some colleges look for at least four years of study.

    College Checklist:

    What can you do to prepare (listen to the podcast for details, here is a thumbnail sketch).

    * Start to think about future careers. (Visit College Ed) a free website.

    * Read great books. For a list of the top of 100 books, your child should read before college. (GreatSchools.org) Parents be aware some of these books may not be appropriate - so check into them before you assign them to your child.

    * Work on core subjects, math, reading, and writing. Very important.

    * Study strong subjects, electives are fine, but be strong on subjects.

    * Foreign language study.

    * Take practice tests, ACT, and SAT. Sign up for the website (minimum age is 13 for SAT, younger for ACT).

    * Sign up for CLT test online - code on the podcast for a deep discount.

    * Before 9th grade read good books.

    * Talent searches - some colleges look for young students to give scholarships.

    * Leadership types of goals.

    Starting test prep in middle school takes off the pressure when the children are older. If your child takes their time younger to get ready to study, they will be able to work smarter and not harder.

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    Secret College Funding Formula

    Secret College Funding Formula

    Secret College Funding Formula ~ Episode 88

    What is the secret college funding formula? Can you qualify to earn free college or get a full or partial scholarship? Jean Burk shares great information about what colleges look for regarding need vs merit.

    Visit College Prep Genius for more information for online classes, in-person boot camps, online boot camps, and upcoming membership classes (more information coming soon.)

    [Disclaimer: Jean Burk is not a financial advisor or planner so contact your personal consultant for more details] However, this podcast will help you in becoming educated to seek additional help or information.

    There is formula colleges use - COA-EFC = Need 

    What do these acronyms stand for? COA is Cost of Attendance. EFC is for Estimated Family Contribution

    The EFC is income-driven. There are ways to defer income if needed especially when applying for college.

    The reality of paying for college is different for each person. The higher your income the higher your EFC is going to be. There are two types - the FSSTA -or the Institutional EFC where each college determines its own formula.

    FAFSA: This must be filled out every year and October 1 is the deadline. They have a first come first serve basis on their pool of money. Even if you do not think you qualify, you should do it anyway. There are different types of aid you may be able to qualify for, and under 200,000 annual incomes still can qualify.

    Test prep is important and higher SAT, ACT, and CLT scores will help your child in rankings and merit-based scholarships. You need a baseline score for this. You can go on your college board website or ACT tests and get a starting point and this is free online. Remember: every child can beat this test and that is where College Prep Genius can help!

    What is your starting point? The EFC and once you find out what that point is and you have a place to start.

    What do colleges consider?

    * Parental income has to do with age as well as income. (Exceptions below).

    * Parent assets - holding assets instead

    * Student income / assets - assessed at a rate of 20 percent or 50 percent over 7,000.

    * How many kids in college

    Exceptions that don't count in income are the retirement fund, equity in homes, etc. If your child has earned income or taxable wages it can be counted as a higher rate than the parent. Money that is saved they can use it up for a computer or car. The beginning of your student's sophomore year of high school - or two years before going to college. There are things to do to spend your student assets or put it in a fund (college fund) that parents hold in their name.

    The College Board website has an EFC calculator.

    There are many ways to counter income (which a financial planner can help you with).

    You want to have a high COA and a low EFC. There is the need-based aid and the merit-based aid. The need-based is on your income and your family's ability to contribute. This comes from the government. Merit-based aid is only given from funding from the college regardless of your income level. Merit: SAT, ACT and CLT scores, sports, the arts, etc.

    State colleges have a very small pool for merit-based scholarships. Private schools have more assets to contribute. The only private schools (Standford, Princeton, Harvard) that don't need to use scholarships to recruit. They tend to be generous with need-based aid. If you can qualify to get into Harvard 100K-120K - it could be 12K to go to Harvard, if you can get in you may only need to pay a percentage.

    Middle-income levels have the hardest time qualifying for need-based. Your student needs to be above the 75% percentile.

    • 36 min
    Myth No More SAT or ACT Tests

    Myth No More SAT or ACT Tests

    Myth No More SAT or ACT Tests ~ Episode 87

    There is a myth of no more SAT and ACT tests. Is this true? Is it a reality? Listen to this podcast from the authority of all things college prep, and a reliable source, Jean Burk!

    Visit Jean's website at CollegePrepGenius.com There are many wonderful results of students who have taken the online eCourses, virtual boot camps, live classes, and in-person classes. In 2022 Jean has clocked in 17 years of success.

    There is a rumor going around that the tests will be abolished especially in regard to no more SAT and ACT tests. At one point the tests were canceled due to the pandemic, however, the CLT was online and many students flocked to this testing option.

    These tests are not going away, and here is why. Colleges need a fair way to compare all students. A 4.0 in one high school is not the same as another school. All schools calculate their schools differently. The only way a college can compare a student equally is with a standardized test like the SAT, ACT, or CLT. What is taught at one school is not taught at another.

    The questions on these tests are logic tests and the tests are misleading on purpose. The tests are critical thinking skills because these tests are based on logic. Even very smart kids bomb the test. The test does not test what curriculum your student has taken it takes an objective question with one answer. Tests at school are about the subject you learned. But not the standardized test.

    The questions used on the tests are drawn from all over the place and can not be crammed for, or studied for at the last minute.  Anyone can do well with practice. Some kids see patterns naturally and are good test-takers. Even if your child is not a good test taker, you can still train your brain to learn logically. SAT reveals that all kids are not the same.

    This is not a fair test? No - it is an equal test that people can beat and study for, look for the patterns and figure out the way to do better. The test score can validate your transcript. Critical thinking is an example of college readiness.

    No More SAT and ACT Tests?

    How can this be true that there are no more SAT and ACT tests? Well, it is not and it is a total myth! If you see a college temporarily put off acceptance based on these tests, you will find there is another roadblock to admittance. (Listen to the podcast for details)

    Some colleges in California (the UC - a small part of of the colleges - this currently encompasses 10 colleges). There are over 200 thousand each year that apply. These colleges decided to create their own entrance test. (Do the math - 200,000 x $60 (approx.) brings in a minimum 12 million dollars!

    15% percent of schools that were "test-optional" still required an entrance test or a standardized test.

    Tests must show a way that you are college-ready - and compare you to another applicant.

    Colleges are based on the ranking based on test scores. Right now Princeton is number one, and Harvard is number two - these two schools sometimes trade on the first place. But you must have the highest scores to get into these schools. Rankings help colleges charge more money and take in applicants that will pay full amounts. This offsets other students (possibly sports scholarships) that have lower scores.

    There has to be criteria for colleges in order to admit students.








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    Test Prep Mistake 1 Test Books

    Test Prep Mistake 1 Test Books

    Test Prep Mistake 1 Test Books Episode 85

    Have your kids been told not to write in their SAT test books? Well, that is test prep mistake 1 test books and misinformation! This is a series of mistakes parents and students believe and Jean shows you the facts and even where to find them on the college board website and how to nicely let your test proctor know, without being rude.

    Did you know writing in your test book (which gets destroyed after the test and belongs to you anyway) is one of the best ways to raise your scores? In this episode, Jean shares insider information with you. Often mistakes are made and this podcast sets the record straight.

    Free stuff from Jean!

    Free Resource: https://collegeprepgenius to.com/helpathome/

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    Let me set the record straight: Not only are you allowed to write in your booklet, I encourage it and it’s not just me. The test-makers encourage it too. (links below)

    Think with your pencil

    Crystallize your thoughts on paper than solely working out problems in your head. Rather than sift through all the ideas that constantly come and go, you can clear your mind, clear the fog, gain some clarity, and simply write your ideas, or working, down. This strategy is also referred to as brain-dumping. 

    Silly mistakes happen when your mind skips over something that could be instrumental in your understanding. In stressful exam conditions, you need to stack all the odds in your favor. Just note it down in your test booklet. 

    There are several main learning systems and you will generally show a preference for one over the others: Visual, Auditory, Kinesthetic, and Reading/Writing (which is a subset of Kinesthetic). The more systems you can engage in, the better the learning retention. In an exam situation, you can use this to your advantage by engaging Visual and Kinesthetic (and to a minor extent the Auditory system if you subvocalize when you read).

    In all sections of your paper, use your pencil to markup, circle or underline the important parts in the question itself. Where you have multiple choice questions, cross out the wrong responses as you encounter them, to reduce your options. There is only ever one correct answer. If there are two that are very similar (or ostensibly the same answer where you cannot tell the difference), then that usually means they are likely both wrong.

    When you read purposefully with your pencil at-the-ready, you will avoid the need for multiple re-readings of the same material.

    The process of elimination is key

    An incredibly useful strategy in every part of your test (except maybe for the essay) is to physically cross off those answers that are definitely wrong, first, and as you encounter them.  That’s a heck of a lot of potential clutter. Not only that, to have to read and reread wrong answers wastes precious time. If you ever go back to check answers and if wrong answers are marked, you can quickly revisit your process and not have to rework everything from the beginning. 

    What this mark-up strategy is invaluable for is avoiding s...

    • 27 min
    College Checklist 9th – 10th Grade

    College Checklist 9th – 10th Grade

    College Checklist for 9th - 10th Grades ~ Episode 83 with Jean Burk

    When you navigate college do you have a college checklist 9th - 10th grade need? How can your student be well rounded? GREAT applicants are the key and listen in as Jean breaks this down for you. Be prepared with this college checklist that is grade-specific.

    First, start your checklist here with Jean Burks Road Map to College you can download it from Jean's website CollegePrepGenius.com/roadmap

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    Additional Podcasts:

    Testing in the time of COVID

    College Checklist 11-12th Grade

    College Checklist 9th-10th Grade:

    Do you need a checklist to get you started with all those difficult decisions? Here is some of what is covered.

    * What colleges to apply for

    * College prep planning

    * Curriculum

    * Classes to take

    * Being prepared for 9th - 10th grades



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