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1. Do students who work with the American Language Centers get in to their #1 choice?

When we meet students and families we create a balanced list of Dream, Reach, and Probable (Backup) colleges based on the student’s credentials. We help students and parents understand what a student’s chances are at the colleges that interest them, and what they can do to enhance their chances of admission. Deciding which colleges are at the top of a student’s list, and what their realistic chances are at these schools, is a process that evolves over time. At the end of the process over 90% of the students who work with us  have gotten into a school that is one of their top choices.


2. How do you determine a student’s chances at a college? On what do you base your qualifications of Dream, Reach and Backup?

We maintain our own database of colleges across the country and update the statistics, such as average GPA, test scores, and percent accepted, according to recent information published by the colleges. To this we add our years of anecdotal experience working with students


3. What is unique about American Language Center College Advising?

Each family can find the best fit while benefiting from our experience and wisdom. We have been working in this field for many years and have experience helping all types of students—with different academic needs, levels, and expectations. We draw from our experience to help our students formulate their best approach to the application process.


4. What is the benefit of a comprehensive program?

For our students  we manage the overall process, and this is what defines the comprehensive program. Our students have appointments on a regular basis and we closely monitor their progress to make sure they are on track. They also receive priority scheduling during the busy fall season.


5. Do students receive priority scheduling and monitoring for SAT/ACT and TOEFL Test Preparation Courses at the Institute?

Yes, always.


6. Do you have experience with the essays?

We work individually with our own students on the writing process. This is one of the most complex aspects of the application and we help students understand and navigate their way through it. We spend time brainstorming topics that will highlight a student’s best attributes and guide them through the editing, evaluation, and polishing stages. Because of our experience we are familiar with the expectations and philosophies of each college and help students keep these in mind as they address the prompts.


7. Do you write essays for students?

No, we do not write essays for students. We help them step by step as they brainstorm, edit, and polish their essays.


8. Will you assist with students’ letters of recommendation?

Yes, we provide samples and liaise with the referees. We also translate all letters which are not written in English.

10. Do you visit colleges?

We have visited and are familiar with schools all over the United States and England; we have seen over 150 campuses. Additionally, we can guide students with applications to other countries.


11. We are anxious about the application process but reluctant to seek help. How would you handle this?

We understand the challenges of this process; it is a time of transition and many teenagers find it very stressful. In our experience, once students meet with us and witness our welcoming and caring atmosphere and safe environment, they realize that, with our help, this is a manageable process. All of our staff and tutors  are focused on helping our student clients feel comfortable.

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