Command Education In the News
“You can’t really compare the level of education received from a top private New York City school to any other school in the country,” says Christopher Rim, founder and CEO of Command Education. “You just can’t.”
“There is a clear link between household income and test performance. If you practice enough and have the right resources, you will see your score rise. Test prep and tutoring is a multibillion-dollar industry; those who can afford such resources will generally outperform those who do not.”
“For elementary and middle school students, it is often most productive to start tutoring sessions with an icebreaker activity and plan a variety of subject-related activities for each session, such as playing question games,” Rim says.
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“If [colleges] didn’t care about financial needs, or whether or not you can afford tuition, they wouldn’t ask that,” says Rim, who attended Yale and maintains that his alma mater does a superior job of separating financial aid and admissions decisions.
Wealthy high schoolers are upping their application game to 25 colleges this year. It’s setting up a big payday for schools while leaving lower-income students behind.
There’s a sign of a return normalcy in the higher education sphere as more high school seniors are applying to colleges than pre-pandemic. This is good news for universities, but not so good for those who can’t keep up with the rising costs of education.
Rim advises clients to apply to 15 to 18 institutions, including a near-split of safety, target and reach schools. Applying to too many is a waste of time and resources on top of schoolwork and extracurriculars, he said.
Christopher Rim, founder and CEO of Command Education, a private admissions consultancy headquartered in New York City, knows how much emphasis top schools put on the less quantitative elements of an application. “Getting into a top school isn’t solely about grades anymore,” Rim told Worth. “It’s about what makes you stand out.”
It’s time to stop pushing for test-optional admissions policies, writes Christopher Rim. Instead, we should abandon the test and the College Board should eliminate it.
Legacy preferences – still common practice at nearly three-quarters of highly selective US institutions – have long been regarded as an attempt to encourage donations by pleasing alumni. In reality, said Christopher Rim, a college admissions consultant, ending them might also help institutions financially.