Featured in NY Times Blog "The Choice": Nice story about a non-profit started by a few Stanford University undergraduates called SEE College Prep, which delivers "its 5-week, 42-hour SAT preparation program and curriculum to 360 deserving low-income students who lack the resources to fully prepare for college."
Here was some advice that the two founders, Garrett Neiman and Jessica Perez, provided at a recent conference:
—It is often possible for applicants who can demonstrate financial need to arrange fee waivers for the SAT and for college applications themselves, if only they knew to ask. “They should not fret about that,” Ms. Perez said.
—University science laboratories in particular are often only too willing to hire high school students as interns or assistants, especially those who think they might be interested in medicine.
—Signing up early for the SAT is crucial for low-income applicants in particular. The closer to the test date one signs up, Mr. Neiman and Ms. Perez said, the chances increase that the student will be assigned to a test center far from home, creating potential transportation challenges.
—Students taking the SAT should also be advised that “the average student misses 50 percent of the questions,” Mr. Neiman said. Knowing that “it’s hard,” Mr. Neiman said, can help prevent a student from becoming too discouraged during the actual test itself.