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Welcome to THE college admissions industry podcast! Join Mike Bergin and Amy Seeley as they discuss the latest issues in testing, admissions, learning, and education with leading experts.

Tests and the Rest is perfect for school counselors, educators, test prep professionals, college consultants, and just about anyone engaged in the college admissions process. You can subscribe to this podcast or stream it online via any podcast app, including iTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, and TuneIn Radio.

YOUR HOSTS
Mike Bergin is the president of Chariot Learning and founder of TestBright. Amy Seeley is the president of Seeley Test Pros.
Between the two of us, expect over 50 years of industry insight, expertise, insider news, and a bit of sarcasm.

Tests and the Rest: College Admissions Industry Podcast Amy Seeley & Mike Bergin

    • Education
    • 4.8 • 35 Ratings

Welcome to THE college admissions industry podcast! Join Mike Bergin and Amy Seeley as they discuss the latest issues in testing, admissions, learning, and education with leading experts.

Tests and the Rest is perfect for school counselors, educators, test prep professionals, college consultants, and just about anyone engaged in the college admissions process. You can subscribe to this podcast or stream it online via any podcast app, including iTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, and TuneIn Radio.

YOUR HOSTS
Mike Bergin is the president of Chariot Learning and founder of TestBright. Amy Seeley is the president of Seeley Test Pros.
Between the two of us, expect over 50 years of industry insight, expertise, insider news, and a bit of sarcasm.

    THE BETTER FAFSA FOR NEW & PREVIOUS FILERS

    THE BETTER FAFSA FOR NEW & PREVIOUS FILERS

    The Free Application for Federal Student Aid has always been a crucial but complicated and challenging step in receiving financial aid for college or graduate school. What improvements does the future hold? Amy and Mike invited financial aid advisor Ed Recker to explain the impact of the Better FAFSA for both new and previous filers.
    What are five things you will learn in this episode?
    What are the major differences in the current FAFSA and Better FAFSA?
    How do these changes impact calculation of the Expected Family Contribution (EFC)?
    Does this new FAFSA impact a college or university’s Net Price Calculator?
    What changes should families with multiple students in college be aware of?
    Will the Better FAFSA timeline have implications for Early Action/Early Decision applications or CSS profiles?
    MEET OUR GUEST
    Ed Recker is a Director of High School Relationship Management with Sallie Mae, serving high schools, states, and professional organizations throughout the U.S. He joined Sallie Mae in 2019, and has over 20 years’ experience in the financial aid and enrollment industry.  Prior to joining Sallie Mae, Ed was a Senior Consultant within the Enrollment Division of Ruffalo Noel Levitz, held the position of Vice President for Enrollment Management at the University of Findlay, and held various financial aid positions at the University of Findlay, Terra State Community College, and Bowling Green State University. Ed holds a M.Ed. in Higher Education from the University of Toledo, and resides in Ottawa, OH with his wife Kate and daughter Evelyn.
    Find Ed at Edward.Recker@salliemae.com.
    LINKS
    FAFSA® 2023: How to Apply for Financial Aid | Sallie Mae
    View your financial aid, savings, scholarships, and loans all in one place and build your bridge to college with Nitro Next.
    Sallie Mae - YouTube
    FAFSA Simplification: A Better FAFSA Process Means a Better Future for Borrowers | Federal Student Aid - Financial Aid Toolkit
    https://salliemae.com/fafsa
    https://nitrocollege.com/next
    https://www.youtube.com/@salliemae
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    ABOUT THIS PODCAST
    Tests and the Rest is THE college admissions industry podcast. Explore all of our episodes on the show page.
    ABOUT YOUR HOSTS
    Mike Bergin is the president of Chariot Learning and founder of TestBright. Amy Seeley is the president of Seeley Test Pros. If you’re interested in working with Mike and/or Amy for test preparation, training, or consulting, feel free to get in touch through our contact page.

    • 26 min
    NAVIGATING COLLEGE AND ADMISSIONS AS A JEWISH STUDENT

    NAVIGATING COLLEGE AND ADMISSIONS AS A JEWISH STUDENT

    Evaluating college fit encompasses so much more than finding the right academic programs. Many students also seek environments where they can continue to live and grow in the ways that are most important to them. Amy and Mike invited college advisor Dana Ponsky to explore navigating college and admissions as a Jewish student.
    What are five things you will learn in this episode?
    What are important factors to consider when trying to find the right fit as a Jewish student?
    What are the different campus organizations that support the social, emotional, religious, and cultural identity of Jewish students?
    What should students and families be asking when on campus to ensure their student will be safe?
    What are good resources to use to identify colleges that have a strong Jewish life?
    If a Jewish student applying to or in college needs financial support, are there options beyond applying for financial aid via the government?
    MEET OUR GUEST
    Dana Ponsky began her career in education more than 20 years ago as a student at the University of Maryland where she earned a degree in American Studies, a graduate degree in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University, and a post-master’s certificate in Enrollment Management from the University of Miami. After working in student affairs at the university level, Dana transitioned to work as a school-based college counselor and has served as a high school director of college counseling in Miami, Washington, D.C., Brooklyn, and Northern New Jersey.
    Dana’s unique background in college admissions counseling, career counseling, and student development services, along with her entrepreneurial spirit, provides high school and college students with the tools and resources to have a great application to get into college and to ensure long-term success.
    Dana previously appeared on this podcast as the subject of an IEC PROFILE in episode 427.
    Find Dana at www.consultwithdana.com or https://www.facebook.com/groups/jewishandcollege.
    LINKS
    Top 60 Jewish Colleges
    Chabad
    Meor
    OU-JLIC
    TribeTalk
    Kibbitz in 10 Minutes (Being Jewish in College Video Series)
    Jewish Education Loan Fund - 
    Scholarships for Jewish Students 
    RELATED EPISODES
    FINDING YOUR COLLEGE FIT
    RED FLAGS IN COLLEGE SELECTION
    OVERLOOKED ASPECTS OF CAMPUS LIFE
    ABOUT THIS PODCAST
    Tests and the Rest is THE college admissions industry podcast. Explore all of our episodes on the show page.
    ABOUT YOUR HOSTS
    Mike Bergin is the president of Chariot Learning and founder of TestBright. Amy Seeley is the president of Seeley Test Pros. If you’re interested in working with Mike and/or Amy for test preparation, training, or consulting, feel free to get in touch through our contact page.
     
     

    • 29 min
    TEST PREP PROFILE: Mackenzie Lee

    TEST PREP PROFILE: Mackenzie Lee

    Ready to learn the history, philosophy, and practice of an experienced professional in the test prep industry?
    MEET OUR GUEST
    Meet Mackenzie Lee, Mackenzie Lee operates a “solopreneur” online tutoring business (website) focused primarily on test prep for the SAT and ACT, though also catering to occasional academic subject tutoring and other standardized tests. He has worked in tutoring for 11 years, first starting in the chemistry tutoring center at the University of South Florida, where he earned a B.S. in Biomedical Sciences and B.A. in German Studies. After college, Mackenzie started working with middle and high school students on test prep, and he has enjoyed the challenges and thrills of educational entrepreneurship ever since!
    In addition to tutoring, Mackenzie also worked as a biomedical researcher for ten years. In this time, he co-authored ten original manuscripts, received a Fulbright Research fellowship (among other awards), and worked in a Nobel-prize winning laboratory in Göttingen, Germany. In 2020, he completed a master’s degree at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Neuroscience.
    In his free time, Mackenzie enjoys cinematography, yoga, playing piano, brewing sake and beer, travel, and the great outdoors – in 2021, he solo bicycled 3,500 mi across the United States, tutoring online along the way!
    Find Mackenzie at mackenzie@mleetutoring.com.
    ABOUT THIS PODCAST
    Tests and the Rest is THE college admissions industry podcast. Explore all of our episodes on the show page.
    ABOUT YOUR HOSTS
    Mike Bergin is the president of Chariot Learning and founder of TestBright. Amy Seeley is the president of Seeley Test Pros. If you’re interested in working with Mike and/or Amy for test preparation, training, or consulting, feel free to get in touch through our contact page.

    • 18 min
    TEST PREP PROFILE: Stefanie Toye

    TEST PREP PROFILE: Stefanie Toye

    Ready to learn the history, philosophy, and practice of an experienced professional in the test prep industry?
    MEET OUR GUEST
    Meet Stefanie Toye, the Dean of Tutoring & Test Prep at Collegewise, a collective of admissions consultants and tutors. She has extensive leadership experience, of both full-time and part-time teams, and has helped individual offices, as well as million-dollar divisions, grow through her focus on marketing and streamlining operations. She has 2 decades of experience in the education management and academia sectors, after earning her undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree in education from Rutgers. She enjoys strategizing, researching current trends in higher education, and presenting her findings to colleagues and the public alike. Stefanie recently earned an Executive MBA with a focus on strategy and entrepreneurship. When not Zooming with colleagues or friends, Stefanie can be found walking her rescue dog, knitting, or eating out with her family.
    Find Stefanie on LinkedIn.
    ABOUT THIS PODCAST
    Tests and the Rest is THE college admissions industry podcast. Explore all of our episodes on the show page.
    ABOUT YOUR HOSTS
    Mike Bergin is the president of Chariot Learning and founder of TestBright. Amy Seeley is the president of Seeley Test Pros. If you’re interested in working with Mike and/or Amy for test preparation, training, or consulting, feel free to get in touch through our contact page.
     

    • 14 min
    TEST PREP PROFILE: Nick Rubin

    TEST PREP PROFILE: Nick Rubin

    Ready to learn the history, philosophy, and practice of an experienced professional in the test prep industry?
    MEET OUR GUEST
    Meet Nick Rubin, who grew up in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He returned to graduate school for a Master’s in History and a PhD in Musicology. He taught high school and college courses in various disciplines for over twenty years and started Rubin Academics in 2019. He teaches in-person and on Zoom out of Charlottesville, Virginia.
    Find Nick at rubinacademics@gmail.com.
    ABOUT THIS PODCAST
    Tests and the Rest is THE college admissions industry podcast. Explore all of our episodes on the show page.
    ABOUT YOUR HOSTS
    Mike Bergin is the president of Chariot Learning and founder of TestBright. Amy Seeley is the president of Seeley Test Pros. If you’re interested in working with Mike and/or Amy for test preparation, training, or consulting, feel free to get in touch through our contact page.

    • 21 min
    TEST PREP PROFILE: Ingrid Moats

    TEST PREP PROFILE: Ingrid Moats

    Ready to learn the history, philosophy, and practice of an experienced professional in the test prep industry?
    MEET OUR GUEST
    Meet Ingrid Moats, the founder of Tampa Bay Test Prep, who started the company as a way to give back to the community.
    She worked as a math teacher and credit recovery specialist in the public school system for over 10 years and she started the company as a way to help students who were just one test away from getting their high school diploma. Through her services, she would be able to help them build up their math test skills, pass the test, and get their diplomas.
    She soon realized that students at all levels, including honors students, had gaps in their math understanding and to really help students excel in math they needed to build up their foundations and strengthen their problem-solving skills.
    Now she and her team of dedicated online teachers help students from first to twelfth grade.  They love introducing students to Singapore Math methods and competition problems. She hopes to enrich their math experience and empower them with skills and knowledge to perform at their best.
    Ingrid is a proud wife and mother of a Purdue engineering graduate who achieved a perfect score on the ACT test.  In her free time, she can be found hanging out with her family, watching anime, and dreaming about her next visit to a pho shop or boba tea spot.
    Find Ingrid at support@tampabaytestprep.com.
    ABOUT THIS PODCAST
    Tests and the Rest is THE college admissions industry podcast. Explore all of our episodes on the show page.
    ABOUT YOUR HOSTS
    Mike Bergin is the president of Chariot Learning and founder of TestBright. Amy Seeley is the president of Seeley Test Pros. If you’re interested in working with Mike and/or Amy for test preparation, training, or consulting, feel free to get in touch through our contact page.
     

    • 16 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
35 Ratings

35 Ratings

johntheoptimist ,

Great Show!

Mike and Amy are knowledgeable and entertaining hosts and bring on a variety of great guests! A must-listen if you are preparing for college or have a child who is!

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Experts

Amy and Mike are skillful hosts—they ask the right questions to get the best out of their guests. Both the interviewers and interviewees are knowledgeable, so I learn from all of them in every episode.

VM112358 ,

Great resource for parents, educators, and tutors

Amy and Mike do a phenomenal job of bringing in experts who can easily distill their messages into memorable chunks. Each podcast feels like a conversation between friends instead of an interview — a true testament to the hosts.

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