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Confused about the road to college? Don’t know where to begin your college search? The College Checklist podcast is your source for great information on the college admissions journey. Hosted by SAT & ACT expert and entrepreneur Lauren Gaggioli, the College Checklist features interviews from college counselors, admission officers and other professionals who can help you get into college, pay for school with scholarships, and succeed once you’re there. This podcast also features test prep tips and tricks and alerts for dates and deadlines for upcoming ACT & SAT test dates. The College Checklist podcast is your source for all things college admissions. The College Checklist podcast is brought to you as a free service of Higher Scores Test Prep, an online test prep company that helps students prepare for the SAT and ACT.

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Confused about the road to college? Don’t know where to begin your college search? The College Checklist podcast is your source for great information on the college admissions journey. Hosted by SAT & ACT expert and entrepreneur Lauren Gaggioli, the College Checklist features interviews from college counselors, admission officers and other professionals who can help you get into college, pay for school with scholarships, and succeed once you’re there. This podcast also features test prep tips and tricks and alerts for dates and deadlines for upcoming ACT & SAT test dates. The College Checklist podcast is your source for all things college admissions. The College Checklist podcast is brought to you as a free service of Higher Scores Test Prep, an online test prep company that helps students prepare for the SAT and ACT.

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Very helpful but...

By Jolynne Smyth - Jun 17 2019
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Would be more helpful jump right to the point(s) of the episode.

So helpful!

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We’re not at a point where we need all of the episodes, but great for what we do!

iTunes Ratings

77 Ratings
Average Ratings
70
5
2
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Very helpful but...

By Jolynne Smyth - Jun 17 2019
Read more
Would be more helpful jump right to the point(s) of the episode.

So helpful!

By Donereviewing - Mar 05 2019
Read more
We’re not at a point where we need all of the episodes, but great for what we do!
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The College Checklist Podcast: College Admissions, Financial Aid, Scholarships, Test Prep, and more...

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Confused about the road to college? Don’t know where to begin your college search? The College Checklist podcast is your source for great information on the college admissions journey. Hosted by SAT & ACT expert and entrepreneur Lauren Gaggioli, the College Checklist features interviews from college counselors, admission officers and other professionals who can help you get into college, pay for school with scholarships, and succeed once you’re there. This podcast also features test prep tips and tricks and alerts for dates and deadlines for upcoming ACT & SAT test dates. The College Checklist podcast is your source for all things college admissions. The College Checklist podcast is brought to you as a free service of Higher Scores Test Prep, an online test prep company that helps students prepare for the SAT and ACT.

Rank #1: Find the College Major That is Right for You with Kat Clowes (Episode 28)

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In this episode of The College Checklist Podcast, I chat with Kat Clowes of March Consulting about the best way to choose your college major. Kat describes her journey to becoming an educational consultant and shares great tips to help students avoid a too circuitous route to their final destination. She also shares her passion for […]

The post Find the College Major That is Right for You with Kat Clowes (Episode 28) appeared first on Higher Scores Test Prep.

Aug 20 2014

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Rank #2: 5 Tips for Higher ACT Scores (Episode 11)

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In this episode of The College Checklist Podcast, I share 5 of my favorite free ACT prep tips to help students achieve higher test scores. As you either know or can probably guess, I am a fan of thorough ACT prep; however, sometimes you end up with less time than you’d hope for to prepare for […]

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Apr 20 2014

31mins

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Rank #3: 4 Reasons To Avoid The New SAT

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While we’ve touched on the subject of the new SAT before here on the College Checklist Podcast, the fact of the matter remains that I am still receiving questions from parents of juniors about the best way to prepare for the new exam. This new test is a bad bet for this year’s juniors. Frankly, our […]

The post 4 Reasons To Avoid Taking The New SAT (Episode 68) appeared first on Higher Scores Test Prep.

Feb 08 2016

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Rank #4: What College Admissions Officers Really Want (Episode 87)

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If you’ve ever wondered what makes a great college application or what college admissions officers want to see from applicants, this episode of The College Checklist Podcast is for you! In this show, I’m joined by my friend Luke Lawson who’s served as an undergraduate admissions officer and in many other posts in higher education for the past 4 years.

Luke candidly shares what he wanted to see from applicants when he was a college admissions officer and helps us understand the differences between admissions in large and small institutions.

I hope this episode will help dispel some of the many myths that surround college admissions and help you understand how you can best forge connections with your college admissions officers on your path to college.

Listen Now: What College Admissions Officers Really Want

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Show Notes

Lightning Round Q&A

Q1: What’s your best piece of advice for families as they begin this journey?
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Q2: What is your favorite college admissions book, blog, or tool that no family should be without?
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Q3: What should a family who is overwhelmed by the college admissions process focus on?
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Q4: What is your all-time favorite books?
A4:

*These are affiliate links. It will not cost you more to use them; however, I will receive a small reimbursement for referring you. Thank you for your support of The College Checklist Podcast!

Did you like this episode? Remember to share it with your friends!

The post What College Admissions Officers Really Want (Episode 87) appeared first on Higher Scores Test Prep.

Oct 24 2016

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Rank #5: Straight Talk About the ACT Essay and the New SAT (Episode 63)

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In today’s episode of The College Checklist Podcast, I get angry with ACT.  You won’t want to miss this special, very different episode.  If this is your first episode, know that we’ll be back to our regular content next week.  I really felt the need to share my feelings with you this week on the […]

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Oct 27 2015

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Rank #6: Scholarship Tips from a Debt-Free Grad (Episode 79)

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Looking for great scholarship tips from someone who’s used free money to fund her college education? You’re in the right place! Fellow podcaster Kristy Sturgill joins us on The College Checklist podcast to share how she graduated debt free from college by obtaining scholarships both before she set off to college and throughout her 4 years […]

The post Scholarship Tips from a Debt-Free Grad (Episode 79) appeared first on Higher Scores Test Prep.

Jun 27 2016

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Rank #7: Great Money Tips for College-Bound Teens (Episode 75)

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We are very lucky to have Ramsey Personality Rachel Cruze on the show today to share tips on how we can raise kids that are financially prepared to tackle college without going into debt. Rachel is Dave Ramsey’s daughter and, growing up a Ramsey, there were lots of money lessons that she learned along the way. […]

The post Great Money Tips for College-Bound Teens (Episode 75) appeared first on Higher Scores Test Prep.

Apr 22 2016

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Rank #8: Encore Episode – Tips for a Great College Visit with Jessica Velasco

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It’s time for another encore episode of The College Checklist Podcast. I hope you had a wonderful holiday season and are starting off the New Year strong! I am looking forward to a great 2016 with you. Today, we’re bringing you back to Episode 34 where Jessica Velasco discusses how to have a great college […]

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Jan 05 2016

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Rank #9: 3 Things I Learned When I Bombed the ACT (Episode 37)

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As a test prep pro, I take both the SAT and ACT periodically not only to check in on the tests to make sure they aren’t shifting in tone or content but also to stay connected to my students. The college admissions exams are stressful and a real test day takes everything up a notch. […]

The post 3 Things I Learned When I Bombed the ACT (Episode 37) appeared first on Higher Scores Test Prep.

Nov 04 2014

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Rank #10: Scholarship 411 with Sam and Max from Scholarship Superhero (Episode 31)

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Are you looking for practical tips to help you in your scholarship search? In this episode of The College Checklist Podcast, I chat with Sam and Max from Scholarship Superhero. They share some of their best tools to find scholarships as well as tactics to help you win them too! In today’s day and age […]

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Sep 16 2014

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Rank #11: How to Write a High School Resume for College Admissions

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In this episode of The College Checklist Podcast, I discuss the new-ish requirement of a high school resume for college admissions with Kathy Rose, Principle of College Catalyst. The high school resume is relatively new as a requirement in the admissions process. One of the great advantages to it, though, is that it is something families can begin compiling […]

The post How to Write a High School Resume for College Admissions (Episode 22) appeared first on Higher Scores Test Prep.

Jul 09 2014

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Rank #12: How to Get Into Medical School with Dr. Ryan Gray

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In today’s episode of The College Checklist Podcast, Dr. Ryan Gray joins me to discuss what undergraduate students who think they would like to pursue medicine should consider at every step of their educational journey. We cover everything from which undergraduate degree students should pursue to the ins and outs of the complex application process for medical school. […]

The post How To Get Into Medical School (Episode 61) appeared first on Higher Scores Test Prep.

Oct 16 2015

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Rank #13: How I Earned $160,000 In Scholarships At My Dream School (Episode 85)

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Getting into college is hard. Winning college scholarships is even harder. I am so proud to have my student Darius and his mother Shawnae on to talk about their family’s college admissions journey that included a strategic approach to financial aid.

Their family’s open, honest conversation about the cost of college gave Darius the full view of what it was going to take to get into and pay for his education. That translated into motivation and allowed Darius to achieve tremendous success on his path to college.

It’s one thing for our expert guests to share how to win scholarships for college. It’s another thing to hear from a family who has actually done it.

I’m so honored that Darius and Shawnae came on to share their journey to admissions and scholarship success at Darius’s dream school, Wake Forest.

I hope their story inspires you to work hard and reap the rewards too!

Listen Now: How I Earned $160,000 In College Scholarships At My Dream School

Never Miss An Episode

Subscribing to the show is the easiest way to ensure that you won’t miss any of the great information our guests share! Subscribing is easy!

Click either of the buttons below to subscribe to The College Checklist Podcast on iTunes or Google Play. Or type “The College Checklist” directly into whichever app you use to listen to podcasts and hit the subscribe button!

Love the show? Please take a moment to leave The College Checklist a rating and review in iTunes!

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Quotable quotes

“I started thinking about what Darius would need to do to get in to the college of his dreams when he was in middle school.”

“In 10th grade you need to be sure you are taking the right courses.”

“There is a lot of scholarship money out there if you do the research and do the work.”

“I wanted a smaller school so I could interact more with my teachers.  When I walked on campus for a tour I knew it would be a good fit for me.”

Lightning Round Q&A

Q1: What’s your best piece of advice for families as they begin this journey?
Darius: De-stress. Take some time for yourself.
Shawnae: Stay organized and know the timeline for specific colleges.

Q2: What is your favorite college admissions book, blog, or tool that no family should be without?
Darius: Create a good relationship with your guidance counselor.
Shawnae: The College Checklist Podcast

Q3: What should a family who is overwhelmed by the college admissions process focus on?
Darius: Make sure you have a plan.
Shawnae: Make sure the colleges you are looking at are a good fit.

Q4: What are your all-time favorite books?
Darius: When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi*
Shawnae: As a child, The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas*. Recently, Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly* and Game Plan by Heilemann and Halperin*.

*These are affiliate links. It will not cost you more to use them; however, I will receive a small reimbursement for referring you. Thank you for your support of The College Checklist Podcast!

Want to boost your ACT scores and earn scholarship dollars too?

The ACT prep course Darius took costs less than $500 and helped him earn over $160,000 in scholarships.

That’s a return on investment (ROI) of nearly 32,000%.

Click here to learn more about my ACT Complete Package prep course.

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Sep 26 2016

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Rank #14: The Birkman Method for Students (Episode 32)

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Today’s episode of The College Checklist Podcast delves into the value of knowing one’s self well and shares a great tool that can help students do just that: the Birkman Method. The Birkman Method is an in-depth personality assessment that reveals your interests, your strengths, your needs, your stress behavior, and what occupations are ideal for you. It […]

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Sep 24 2014

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Rank #15: College Recruiting for High School Athletes (Episode 59)

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In today’s episode of The College Checklist Podcast, Cailean Bailey of the ESM Group joins me to talk about college recruiting for students who are looking to play sports in college. Cailean is an independent counselor who specializes in the NCAA student-athlete recruitment process. He has extensive experience as a student-athlete and as a recruiting […]

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Sep 23 2015

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Rank #16: Time Management Tips for Students (Episode 36)

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In this episode of The College Checklist Podcast, Denise Levine share some amazing, actionable time management strategies with us. While these are geared specifically towards our students, they can be really helpful for we adults too! I know I learned a lot about how I can manage my time much better from this interview. I hope […]

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Oct 29 2014

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Rank #17: Saving for College with 529 Plans with Kathryn Flynn (Episode 66)

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In today’s episode of The College Checklist Podcast, Kathryn Flynn, Content Director at SavingForCollege.com explains how 529 plans work and many of the advantages of using this method for families saving for college. Listen Now: Saving for College with 529 Plans Subscribe to the College Checklist Podcast About Kathryn Flynn Kathryn Flynn is a Financial […]

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Dec 03 2015

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Rank #18: All About The Common App (Episode 84)

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In today’s episode of The College Checklist Podcast, we’re going to talk about the Common Application (aka Common App) with Dr. Shirag Shemmassian.

Shirag will help us wrap our minds around what’s expected of us on the Common App and help us with some tips about best practices for filling it out as well.  We’ll cover essay differences, submission deadlines, early decision vs early action, and pointers on how to best be organized.

We also make a big announcement about our brand new course that we’re producing together: Timelines for College Admissions Success. To learn more about the innovative way we’re leveraging just-in-time learning to help you have a more fruitful and stress-free college admissions experience, visit higherscorestestprep.com/timelines.

Listen Now: All About The Common App

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About Shirag Shemmassian

Dr. Shirag Shemmassian is the founder of Shemmassian Academic Consulting, through which he helps students get into their top-choice colleges. Shirag received his Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and his Ph.D. from UCLA’s top-ranked clinical psychology program. Moreover, he graduated from both schools debt-free.

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Resources Mentioned

*This is an affiliate link. If you use it, you will not pay more; however, I will receive a small payment for referring you. Thank you for your support of The College Checklist Podcast!

Quotable Quotes

“With the common application, students can go to one site and use a single application to apply to any one of 674 different colleges. But different schools want different sources of information so it is not a single application but a core application.”

“There a five essay options with the common application and students can choose the one they want to write. When you submit to a college you may get additional prompts as some schools require 2 or 3 supplemental essays.”

“Students can indicate who they want letters of recommendation from, and the teachers or counselors will get an email instructing them on how to upload the letter.”

“Schools don’t all have the same Common Application deadlines.  Before you start filling out applications, write down the deadline for each school you plan to apply to.  To avoid technical issues, don’t want to wait until the last minute to apply.  Apply 2 or 3 days before the school’s deadline. ”

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Sep 12 2016

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Rank #19: How I Got Into Columbia University (Episode 80)

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If you’ve ever wondered how students get admitted to top schools like Columbia, you’re in for a special treat! My former test prep student and Columbia University Class of 2020 admittee Tevis joins me on today’s episode of The College Checklist Podcast to share his college admissions story. Here’s the thing: getting into an Ivy League college is […]

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Jul 15 2016

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Rank #20: How To Appeal A College Rejection Letter (Episode 73)

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In this episode of The College Checklist Podcast, I had the pleasure of interviewing Shirag Shemmassian regarding under what circumstances a college rejection letter can be successfully appealed and how to do it. Shirag also provides information on some of the reasons students are not accepted as well as the reasons why a student should not appeal […]

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Apr 08 2016

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