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November 14, 2019
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Prepping for AP Exams and Subject Tests

It’s the winter of your junior year… you’ve just got your first quarter of grades and you’re absolutely killing AP bio!  You won’t start reviewing for AP exams in school until the spring, but that doesn’t mean you should put off thinking about them until then.  The spring of your junior year can get pretty […]

November 11, 2019
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Self Reporting Your Test Scores

In a surprising shift in college admissions, more colleges are now allowing applicants to self report their test scores. Previously, colleges required all applicants to send official score reports directly from the testing agency as a necessary part of the application. Not only did these reporting fees quickly add up, but having to send official […]

November 5, 2019
Does Prestige Matter?

Each year, the college admissions process gets more competitive, especially at the top schools in the country. This past year, Harvard’s admissions rate hit a low of 4.5%, and Stanford, the most selective school in the country, has elected not to publish its admissions rate for fear of dissuading prospective students from applying. It’s no […]

October 26, 2019
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Top 7 Tips for Writing a Personal Statement

Whether you go Common App or Coalition, your personal statement is the crown jewel of your application. If you’re doing your due diligence, this might be the 100th listicle you’ve read on how to write the perfect college essay, but we hope that it helps you out to hear it from someone you know you […]

October 24, 2019
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Student’s Don’t Know What They Don’t Know – And It Causes Stress

As high school gets more serious and college admissions become more competitive, it’s not a surprise that there’s an increasing prevalence of mental illness, including depression and anxiety, among high school students. In fact, new research has found that students in high performing schools have the same risk for serious mental illness as students growing […]

October 22, 2019
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1-on-1 Tutoring and Growth Mindset

Imagine you are sitting in class. The teacher asks a question.  You think back to your homework the night before, and you’re 80% sure you know the answer. You go to raise your hand, but something in you is pulling it back down.  You’re not completely sure about the answer, and you don’t want to […]

October 16, 2019
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Are some SATs / ACTs Easier Than Others?

Yes. But not in the way that you think. Many students try to identify which month reliably offers the “easiest” test sitting— is it late fall when seniors are scrambling for a last minute boost or is it in winter and early spring?  While some tests are considered “easier” than others (and this has all […]

October 14, 2019
ACT to Allow Students to Retake Individual Sections

Starting next September, the ACT will allow students to retake individual sections instead of having to retake the entire test. This is an exciting change that could transform the way students prep for the test and the way colleges review ACT scores. Prior to this change, students would have had to retake the entire test […]

October 8, 2019
DEBUNKED: Common Myths About Testing

Does thinking about the SAT or ACT stress you out?  These tests are important and you should definitely take them seriously, but don’t let these common misconceptions contribute to an already stressful experience! 1. You shouldn’t take the test more than twice This is false. All colleges allow students to superscore the SAT.  Most colleges […]

October 3, 2019
Understanding the Test-Optional Movement

The SAT has been a lightning rod for controversy and criticism for decades, and the College Board’s efforts from the 2016 redesign to this year’s Adversity Index fumble have only served to feed the skepticism of parents and educators alike. Now, scores of elite colleges, including 15 of the 100 top-ranked national universities, have adopted […]

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