Tallahassee, Florida --
Colleges are becoming increasingly harder to get into. Students are now ditching the "lazy summer" to hit the books to prepare for their senior year and applying to schools.
Chris Fiore is a rising Senior at Leon High. He said, "If you want to get into the best college possible, then you're going to have to do excellent on one of these tests. They are the college placement tests, so if you'd like to get into a good school you have to do well."
A study by Kaplan shows more than 70% of rising Seniors will spend time this summer preparing.
Students are not only preparing for the tests, they're also readying themselves for the applications. A process that can be stressful.
John Rains is also a rising senior. He said, "The whole idea of getting these essays and whenever it comes time to turn them in is getting really stressful because you only get one chance... you don't have that redo like you can retake SAT and ACT tests."
Randy Vickers is the owner of Solution Skills, a business that preps students for the S.A.T. and A.C.T. He said, "It flows through the parents, the students, and it makes it a very difficult process so part of what we try to do is spread things out and explain things and make it a lot easier for them."
According to the College Board, the Average National SAT score in 2009 was just above 1,500. The Average score to get into T.C.C. is 880 without writing. For FAMU it's above a 1,300. FSU's average entrance scores range from 1,700 to 1,900.
Solution Skills will be holding a "Essentials of College Admissions" seminar for parents and students June 22 at 7pm.
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