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Bev Taylor is a college admissions expert and the Founder of The Ivy Coach, a leading private college counseling firm. She is considered the guru of college admissions. This private college counseling veteran is often interviewed and quoted by the press. The Ivy Coach has been referenced in everything from “US News & World Report” and “The Wall Street Journal” to "The Crimson" and “The Dartmouth.” If there’s an article or news segment on college admissions, chances are high that Bev Taylor and The Ivy Coach are in it.

Bev Taylor regularly conducts workshops on college admissions. She has given talks for the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth Program at Columbia University, the Scholarship Coordination office in Abu Dhabi, Peterson's, the National Association for College Admission Counseling, and many more. Taylor and The Ivy Coach are members in good standing of the Independent Educational Consultants Association as well as the National Association for College Admission Counseling. The Ivy Coach's hugely popular college admissions blog keeps college applicants and their parents well informed about the college admissions process and it keeps college admissions officers honest.

In the last 20 years, 100% of The Ivy Coach's students have been admitted to one of their top three choice choices. And 93% have been admitted to their first college choice.

Entries by Bev Taylor

Need Blind Admissions Is a Lie

(3) Comments | Posted July 24, 2014 | 6:01 PM

Experts on nonverbal behavior will often tell you that the best way to gauge whether or not someone is lying is to observe not the person's face but rather the feet. People are taught the ability to conceal a lie with their faces but they rarely think to manipulate what...

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The Truth Behind the Spin on the Changes to the SAT

(1) Comments | Posted March 27, 2014 | 2:56 PM

It seems like every 10 years, the College Board makes significant changes to the test that has been around since 1926, the test that was originally based on an I.Q. administered to WWI soldiers, the test that has been notorious for putting stress on students for generations.

Let's cover some...

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The Common Application: A Violation of Restraint of Trade?

(0) Comments | Posted September 26, 2013 | 12:29 PM

The Common Application, to which 517 universities subscribe and through which 2.3 million applications were submitted during the 2012-2013 admissions cycle, is getting a ton of negative press right now. And deservedly so. With all of these users, you'd think the Common Application, Inc. would be prepared for the upcoming...

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Summer College Enrichment Programs Are Sleep-Away Camps

(0) Comments | Posted August 1, 2013 | 11:02 AM

Attending a Harvard summer program will boost a high school student's chances of admission to Harvard. Right? Wrong! It's a common misconception, one that way too many parents and high school students buy into year after year. In actuality, it's not so different from little kids believing in the Tooth...

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Unacceptable Changes to the Common Application for College Applicants

(6) Comments | Posted January 22, 2013 | 4:54 PM

Beginning this fall, the Common Application is imposing a strict 500-word limit on the personal statement. While our students have always complied with college essay word limits, many applicants ignore directions and upload longer essays. We at The Ivy Coach have no issue with word limits, but we do have...

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Ivy League Activities

(2) Comments | Posted January 8, 2013 | 1:43 PM

As much as some parents and college applicants like to think otherwise, Ivy League schools are not after "well-rounded" applicants. In highly selective college admissions, the three-sport jock is an anachronism of decades past. Instead, Ivy League admissions counselors seek out students with singular remarkable talents. When the singular talents...

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AP Tests and Ivy League Admission

(5) Comments | Posted October 24, 2012 | 4:09 PM

In highly selective college admissions -- including in Ivy League admissions -- excelling in AP courses is par for the course. We recommend to all of our students to take the most rigorous curriculum one's high school allows and to excel in that curriculum. And of course after we make...

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Ivy League Admission Isn't Random

(3) Comments | Posted May 2, 2012 | 11:56 AM

High-achieving high school students and their parents so often complain that the Ivy League admissions process is, in a word, random. When they hear that a student with lower grades and standardized test scores got into an Ivy League school while a student with higher grades and scores got waitlisted...

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The Secret Sauce of the College Waitlist

(7) Comments | Posted April 13, 2012 | 5:34 PM

Days before college admissions decisions were scheduled to be released, high school seniors refreshed their in-boxes on a minute-by-minute basis and kept their phones on even in movie theaters because they knew these decisions could arrive at any moment. With a click of a button, their fate would be decided....

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