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The Essay That Got Me Into Stanford

Below is the unedited essay that Meka Este-Mcdonald, founder of JoKno and recent Stanford grad, submitted to Stanford where he was subsequently accepted. Simply put, this is an essay that got a student into Stanford. To view our blog post on Meka’s 3 insider tips on how to get into Stanford, click here. Meka is a recent Stanford grad. Below is the essay that got him in.   Oracle of the Palm I looked down at my hand, a palm of blood. I am surprised, almost affronted. Things like this cannot happen to me. Hand-eye coordination was the problem of someone else− I was the four-square champ, a freshman varsity point guard, a leader in steals for my team due to the speed of my reflexes....



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SAT Scores for Ivy League Schools

SAT scores for Ivy league schools are not the lone factor determining whether or not admissions officers decide to accept you into school, but a good score is nearly essential for the most prestigious universities. We can determine the desired range of SAT score for Ivy League schools by looking at their current enrollment: Just 25 percent of the attendees at Yale and Princeton, for instance, have a reading score below 700. Cornell and Brown are the most tolerant of this, as 25% of their students scored below 630 in that category. For writing, the Ivy League school with the loftiest standards was Yale. Three-quarters of the student body at that school entered with a score of 710 or better in...



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SAT or ACT? The Choice is Yours!

There are two major types of college entrance exams currently accepted by most colleges. These are the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) and the American College Testing (ACT) examinations. The ACT test was developed in the late 1950’s, and hras recently become more popular with test-takers than the SAT, which is 30 years older. Students may question whether it is better to take the SAT or ACT assessment to prepare for college. The short answer to that is – play to your strengths. The tests are slightly different, so you want to take the one that is most conducive to your test-taking style. An SAT may be more your style if you have strong reading skills and a sizable vocabulary. The person...



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Five Tips to Improve the Style of Your College Application Essay

Essays are a vital part of getting into college, and you want yours to stand out in the crowd. Here are some simple tips to improve the style of your college application essay. 1) Be positive – When writing about your accomplishments, focus on how you came to your position you reached, and what you achieved, not what prevented you from going further. They’d rather read about why you were vice-president of a school club than why you weren’t president. 2) Follow instructions – Stick to the assigned word count, and cover exactly the questions they ask you to discuss. One of the things admissions officers are looking for is that you can follow instructions. 3) Show your personality...



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Should You Take a Gap Year Off Before College?

Sometimes packing a backpack for a year off of school is the best thing a student can do to help their school and work careers.Public domain photo by Petr Kratochvil.  Many students go directly from high school to college, while others take a year off before starting higher education. This idea is not right for everyone, but for some, taking a gap year can be a good idea. There are many reasons that a student might decide to take a year off before college. These could include feeling burned-out on school. Students who have never left their hometown could also benefit from a year of travel before taking off to a strange city for college. Young adults still trying to figure out a career path sometimes...



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How to Get Into an Ivy League School

Ivy League schools are fussy about who they admit. After all, they are some of the most prestigious schools in the country, if not the world, and they are now even more difficult than ever to get accepted into, due to the huge rise in the number of applicants brought about by online applications. You may not have a perfect GPA or a long list of accomplishments in extracurricular activities. But, that does not mean that you can’t get into an Ivy League school. The most important thing you can do to get into such an institution is to take challenging courses in high school, especially college-prep courses. Doing well in an advanced course will mean more to an Ivy League recruiter than excelling...



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Should You Consider Community College?

Community colleges can provide a good chance for students who wish to start off their college career. The also have a reputation, unfortunately, of being “second-rate” schools,” which is not necessarily the case. Lets take a look at some of the advantages and disadvantages of community colleges. One advantage that community colleges have over other schools is cost. They are often significantly less expensive than other institutions. This is not necessarily true in all cases, however, so make sure to research actual costs before assuming the community college option is less expensive. Community colleges can also act as stepping-stone to other schools, if you have trouble with admissions....



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Choosing Colleges: Play it Safe or Reach for the Sky?

Like mountain climbing, always reach for your goal, but keep safety in mind.Photo by Anna Langova. Choosing colleges and deciding which schools to apply to can be a daunting decision. It is easy, in these days of the common application, to apply to every school that holds any interest for you. Although you do not want to go this route (doing so will water down the time you have for the application process), it is important to make sure that you apply for a variety of institutions. Within this group, you want to make sure that you include schools you are more certain will accept you, called “safety” schools, as well as schools where it is more challenging to be accepted. These are called “reach”...



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How Long Does the College Admission Process Take to Complete?

Waiting for the college application process can seem like it is taking years. Public domain photo by George Hodan. Applying for college can can be a long and arduous process. There are many different tasks in the college admissions process that you will need to complete in order to have the best possible chance to get into your first choice of colleges. Students often question how long it takes to complete the process of applying for colleges. Part of the answer to that question is that there is no way to tell. It often depends how you define the question. One of the earliest things you will want to do is to take a Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) in the Fall of either your sophomore...



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Identify Preposition Errors in SAT Writing

A Guest Post By Veritas Prep Many students find that prepositional phrases are the bane of their existence on the writing section of the SAT.  The SAT likes to use propositional phrases to confuse test takers by adding a bunch of words in between the subject and verb or the pronoun and the antecedent.  Armed with foreknowledge, you can catch the test-writers at their game and never get fooled again.  Here’s what you need to know… How to identify a prepositional phrase: Prepositions are little words that indicate location in time and space; common examples include “at,” “in,” “through,” “before,” “above,” “without,” “along,” “beyond,” “with,” etc. A...



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