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College Board Drops the Green Flag

The College Board mails out PSAT scores, commencing the college search process for juniors. It is akin to the starter at a NASCAR race dropping the green flag.

Mary Dell, of Grown and Flown, writes: For our two families, Thanksgiving weekend offered a chance to say helloandgoodbye to our older sons who swooped in for home cooked meals and nights out with friends before heading back to college.  Though our youngest, both 11th graders, also resumed classes, they returned to a new phase in their lives, thanks to the College Board.

Like a Daytona 500 starter dropping the green flag, the College Board will soon mail PSAT scores to high schools, signalling the beginning of the race known as college application season.

The PSAT is big –  3.5 million kids big – and it is the one pre-college test that all juniors take with all of their classmates on a single day in October.  It is a rite of passage going back to 1971 (hey, we took it too!) and, for generations of kids, this single test has started the process.

This next lap will feel very long for high school juniors…and their parents, too. While our kids compete for college acceptance, we act as pit crews, praying there will be no crashes.  Lisa and I endured this with our older children and we can tell you that as they sit for SATs, SAT IIs, APs, ACTs (on top of the tests they take for their regular old school work) it is exhausting just to watch! No wonder “junior year” is a synonym for “stressed out.”

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Aidan December 03, 2012 at 09:55 PM
And they'll survive.
Tyler Durden December 07, 2012 at 12:57 AM
You ladies are fools for swallowing this scam called higher education. It's a big business plain and simple. They want your money and they have you jumping through hoops to give it to them. College loans will be the next financial bubble to burst and it won't be pretty when it does. Maybe these halls of higher learning should put their money where their mouths are and set the tuition on a sliding scale tied to job placement. No job after graduation, no tuition fee. If you're face is itchy it might be the wool being pulled over your eyes.

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