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October 9, 2006

DO ADMISSION PREDICTION WEBSITES WORK? DAILY PENNSYLVANIAN ASKS ADMISSIONSCONSULTANTS FOR ITS VIEWS

With admission prediction websites becoming more popular, just how accurate are they? This question was posed by Daily Pennsylvanian to AdmissionsConsultants. If the website is simply asking for grades and test scores and it's accurate, then it can predict if an applicant will clear the academic qualifications hurdle, which is the first of three hurdles college applicants must clear for admission to the selective schools. (Quite simply, an applicant with a 2.0 GPA and a 900 SAT is smart enough to know that they are not going to get into an Ivy League school and won't apply there. The result is that over 80 per cent of the applicants to the selective schools are capable of handling the academic workload yet a small percentage of these qualified applicants will be offered admission. As David Petersam, president and founder of AdmissionsConsultants explained in the article:

"It's not that simple. If it were, schools wouldn't have admissions staffs. They would just use a computer," [David Petersam] said. 

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