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March 12, 2015
6:30 pm - 7:45 pm

Midtown East


The college admissions process begins years before a student’s applications are submitted. This workshop is designed to equip parents of prospective applicants (primarily those students who are currently in Grade 9-11) with essential information to help them plan for and guide their children. Adam Nguyen, the founder of Ivy Link, an admissions strategy and test preparation company, will discuss the ever-changing landscape of U.S. college admissions and how to avoid potentially costly mistakes during the admissions process. Adam will share insights on issues such as:

– What is the profile of a competitive applicant?
– What can my child do now to increase his/her admission chances?
– Should my child take the SAT, the ACT, or both?
– How many times should one take the SAT or ACT?
– What is a good SAT or ACT score?
– Which is weighed more: grades or test scores?
– How should poor grades or test scores be explained?
– Does it matter which extracurricular activities my child participates in?
– Are colleges really looking for “well-rounded” students?
– What are effective recommendation letters and how to obtain them?
– How important are the essays?
– Does the interview matter?
– Are there advantages to Early Decision and Early Action?
– What qualifies as “legacy”?
– Do donations matter?
– Should an influential family member or friend contact the college on my child’s behalf?

A significant portion of the interactive workshop will be devoted to answering parents’ questions. Attendees are encouraged to submit their questions before the workshop.


Adam Nguyen, the founder of Ivy Link, has over fifteen years of experience helping students at all levels in admissions, test preparation and academic coaching. He has served as an academic advisor at Harvard and a reader of applications and interviewer in Columbia’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Additionally, Adam has mentored and tutored students through not-for-profit organizations, such as Columbia University’s Double Discovery Center, New York Cares, Democracy Prep Public Schools, and The Opportunity Network. He is a member of the U.S. National Association for College Admission Counseling and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science from Columbia and a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School. Adam is a frequent speaker and commentator on admissions, standardized testing and other education issues, appearing on Bloomberg TV and at Columbia University, Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase & Co., and the Parents League of New York.

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