College Admissions Secrets for Parents and Teens


Upcoming Sessions

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Past Sessions

September 8, 2016: Hartford Golf Club, 5:30-7:00PM: Hartford Golf Club, 134 Norwood Road, West Hartford, CT 06117

August 21, 2016 10AM-12PM: Berkins Blend Cafe, 1003 Hebron Ave, Glastonbury, CT 06033, $20/person

May 15, 2016, 10AM-12PM: Berkins Blend Cafe, 1003 Hebron Ave, Glastonbury, CT 06033, $20/person. 

April 3, 2016, 10AM-12PM: Berkins Blend Cafe, 1003 Hebron Ave, Glastonbury, CT 06033, $20/person

February 28, 2016, 10AM-12PM: Berkins Blend Cafe, 1003 Hebron Ave, Glastonbury, CT 06033, $20/person

January 10, 2016, 10AM -12PM:  Berkins Blend Cafe, 1003 Hebron Ave, Glastonbury, CT 06033, $20/person


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In this 2-Hour breakfast presentation Dr. Michael Youmans, West Hartford’s college test prep expert and 25-year college applications veteran, will help you understand everything you need to know to position your teen to get in to his or her top colleges.

Whether you’re the parent of a 9th, 10th, or 11th grade student, this seminar has valuable information for you.

College Admissions Secrets Berkins Blend 8-21-16

I wanted to tell you how helpful last night was…. It’s obvious how much you love what you do.

– Vicki D.

You’ll find out about organizing academics and extracurricular activities (including sports) throughout high school; planning your college admissions calendar; understanding the most important admissions criteria; knowing whether to take the SAT, ACT, or both, and when; reducing test anxiety; planning and making the most of college visits; getting recommendations; packaging outstanding applications and recommendations; and more, in just two hours… Fasten your seat belts!

Topics Include:

9th and 10th Grades

  • Programs of study (top 3 admissions criteria)
  • Extracurriculars, Community Service, Sports
  • Standardized testing
  • General skills
  • Subject-specific SAT Subject Tests and AP Exams
  • Test Anxiety Reduction

Junior Year

  • Standardized Testing Calendar
  • SATs vs ACTs and the changes coming to BOTH tests
  • SAT Subject Tests & APs
  • Making nice with guidance counselor
  • College Lists: Reaches, Targets, and Safeties
  • College Visits: Info Sessions, Tours, & Interviews

Senior Year

  • Letters of Recommendation
  • The Common Application
  • Essay, Activities list, and Supplements
  • Re-Testing


See also: “PrepTalk” with CPE: College Admissions 101 for Mom & Dad


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