How college applications are rated

05/1/2011 | Record (Hackensack, N.J.), The

College-admissions personnel focus on students' background information first when reading applications to put their achievement in context with their life experiences, an independent college counselor writes in this column. Audrey Kahane attended a professional-development seminar led by college-admissions employees, who said they typically take less than 15 minutes to read an application and rate applicants in academics, extracurricular activities and character.

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Record (Hackensack, N.J.), The