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Visiting colleges is a crucial part of the college search process. In fact, college visits are often considered the best way for students to understand what life is like at a particular university and how it would feel to spend four years there. After all, what students see online or in one of those massive books of college descriptions may not line up with their personal impressions of the college or university when they experience it firsthand. Thus, whenever possible, students should try to visit several schools on their lists, and when they do, here are the top 10 mistakes to avoid on those visits.
If you have noticed that your son or daughter received an unusually low score on his or her ACT writing section, you are not alone. There is a widely noted trend of lower-than-expected scores on the writing section of the ACT since the arrival of the new ACT essay format in September 2015. For instance, some students scoring in the 30's on all other test sections have received essay scores in the 20's. On average, scores on the new writing section have been 3.2 points lower than students' composite scores.