How to Say It to Get Into the College of Your Choice: Application, Essay, and Interview Strategies to Get You theBig Envelope

Overview


The latest in the How to Say It(r) series demystifies the omplex college admissions process.

How to Say It(r) to Get Into the College of Your Choice offers students-as well as their parents and school counselors-a variety of essential resources and information, including:

- Worksheets for writing personal statements and resumes
- Winning words and phrases for filling out a ...

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Overview


The latest in the How to Say It(r) series demystifies the omplex college admissions process.

How to Say It(r) to Get Into the College of Your Choice offers students-as well as their parents and school counselors-a variety of essential resources and information, including:

- Worksheets for writing personal statements and resumes
- Winning words and phrases for filling out a sample Common Application used by more than 200 of the top colleges
- Finding the right words for the admissions essay-using advice from admissions directors at top schools
- Pointers for the essay portion of the New SAT- plus a practice test
- The fundamentals of obtaining winning recommendations
- Statements to make interviews successful

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Lucy Schall
This excellent, comprehensive, college application management guide addresses what to do as well as what to say when choosing and being chosen for post-high school education. The step-by-step process alerts the applicant to his or her talents and preferences and helps to frame education and life experiences in the larger context of public demand. Metcalf encourages confidence and sincerity bolstered by hard work and honest commitment and believes that the applicant should seek the same qualities in an educational program. Using information from public as well as private schools and anticipating the needs of the homeschooler, she meticulously works through the tests, deadlines, common and specific applications, finances, recommendations, personal essay, parental communication, and appropriate interview attire. Ryan Rose Weaver, a senior at Emerson University, authored the essay-writing chapter, which like the rest of the guide, provides process information, complete examples, and suggested starters for both written and oral presentations. Metcalf provides self-inventory exercises to guide the applicant's choice but also prepares a student for a transfer to another institution. She invites parental involvement and suggests their responsibility in the process. The appendix includes references, answers to the eight trivia quizzes throughout the book, sample forms, a suggested format for recommendation letters, and some possible questions that the candidate might ask in the interview. "Preparatory Books for College Tests" provides an annotated list of study guides that supplement the extensive Web site suggestions throughout the text.
School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up
College entrance guides are big business, and Metcalf enters a competitive field armed with experience as a high school guidance counselor and middle school teacher. She provides plenty of examples and scenarios for anxious parents and students to consider in her guidelines for studying for entrance exams, correctly filling out the myriad application forms (one chapter is devoted to mastering the Common Application), and crafting the all-important letter and essay for admission. Metcalf also includes dos and don'ts of letter and essay writing, and interview tips. One chapter, "How to Impress, Express, and Dress at College Interviews," coaches students with steps very similar to those for a job interview-a skill all students need. The layout includes sidebars, sample forms, and worksheets. Catchy subheadings, sectioned pages, and typeface variations may make it slightly confusing, but many students will be comfortable with this busy, interactive page design. Metcalf's writing style is confident and confiding, direct but friendly, which may help ease the anxiety associated with college applications. Practical advice and ideas and a useful glossary and index make this a decent competitor in this crowded market.
—Roxanne Myers SpencerCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735204201
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall Press
  • Publication date: 6/5/2007
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 839,308
  • Product dimensions: 6.98 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Linda Metcalf, Ph.D., a Certified School Guidance Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, is the author of numerous articles and has presented over 200 workshops around the world on school-related issues. She has appeared on The Montel Williams Show among other national media outlets.
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  • Posted November 1, 2008

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    Reviewed by Jennifer Wardrip, aka "The Genius" for TeensReadToo.com

    This is the must have book for students preparing to enter college -- and for their parents. The entire application process is explained, as are tips and hints for taking admittance exams, writing essays, taking admittance interviews, and much more. <BR/><BR/>The book is broken down into eight separate sections: <BR/><BR/>1) And the finalists are: The brightest, the committed, and the honest. <BR/>2) You're moving out, but where are you going? <BR/>3) Oh, the tests you will take. <BR/>4) Apply, you will. Meet deadlines, you must! <BR/>5) Mastering the common application. <BR/>6) Your profile of courage: How to get the best recommendations. <BR/>7) Essay writing 101: Telling it your way. <BR/>8) How to impress, express, and dress at college interviews. <BR/><BR/>Each and every step of the application process is covered. You'll learn the correct terms and phrases for those you will meet, how to write the perfect essay on your application, and even how to dress and conduct yourself during an admittance interview. The book also includes checklists, worksheets, and guides to make the process a little easier. <BR/><BR/>The appendix includes even more list and guides you can tear out or copy. The glossary includes terms and definitions you'll need to know. There is also a section listing preparatory books for college tests, which you'll want to pick up. The easy-to-use index breaks down everything included in the book for quick access. This is the ultimate how-to guide for graduating high school students and their parents, who will want to pick up a copy before starting the college application process.

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    Posted October 22, 2007

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    This is the must have book for students preparing to enter college -- and for their parents. The entire application process is explained, as are tips and hints for taking admittance exams, writing essays, taking admittance interviews, and much more. The book is broken down into eight separate sections: 1) And the finalists are: The brightest, the committed, and the honest. 2) You're moving out, but where are you going? 3) Oh, the tests you will take. 4) Apply, you will. Meet deadlines, you must! 5) Mastering the common application. 6) Your profile of courage: How to get the best recommendations. 7) Essay writing 101: Telling it your way. 8) How to impress, express, and dress at college interviews. Each and every step of the application process is covered. You'll learn the correct terms and phrases for those you will meet, how to write the perfect essay on your application, and even how to dress and conduct yourself during an admittance interview. The book also includes checklists, worksheets, and guides to make the process a little easier. The appendix includes even more list and guides you can tear out or copy. The glossary includes terms and definitions you'll need to know. There is also a section listing preparatory books for college tests, which you'll want to pick up. The easy-to-use index breaks down everything included in the book for quick access. This is the ultimate how-to guide for graduating high school students and their parents, who will want to pick up a copy before starting the college application process. **Reviewed by: Jennifer Wardrip, aka 'The Genius'

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