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Creating a College Application Calendar

Creating a college application calendar will make the admission process easier and give you your best chance at being accepted to your favorite college. Here are a few tips that can help you get started planning your college application process. Start early – Some students plan for college from day one of their high school careers, by taking AP courses and participating in extracurricular activities. By your junior year, you should make sure that you are taking classes that will prepare you for your time in college. Talk to you guidance counselor – one of the most valuable resources a student has available is the use of your high school guidance counselor. They have the experience...

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Why Every Student Should Study Abroad

This is a guest post by Launch Education. Unlike most tutoring companies, Launch Education understands that academic success involves a lot more than just knowing the material. Learn more by visiting their website.  The time spent in formal education is designed to give us the knowledge to sustain a career and prepare us to be a contributing member of society. These facts are widely known, however, what is not revealed until one actually experiences the entire path, is that just as much learning takes place outside of the classroom as in it. The social interaction and milestones such as learning to drive or moving out of the house to go to college all shape us into full adults as much as the...

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Should My Child Take the SAT, ACT or Both?

Guest post by Alex Hollis – CEO of TestSoup.  Taking the SAT on March 8th or the ACT on February 8th? Prepare for the SAT, ACT or both with TestSoup’s Digital Flashcards! 50% off until 1/13/2014. See below for more details. It was a cool fall morning in Southern New Hampshire the day I took my SAT’s. I entered the testing center with that unpleasant “I know the next three hours will determine the rest of my life” feeling. You know, that feeling that your stomach is full of led pellets and your head is full of the bizarre chaos of a Tom Waits song. Shortly after entering the testing center a woman in the front of the crowd was explaining to me and the rest of the horde of...

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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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Focus on: Personal Essay Question 5 – A Transitional Moment

Guest Blog Series by Katrina Oko-Odoi: Writing your College Admissions Essay for the New Common Application  Focus on: Personal Essay Question 5 – A Transitional Moment In past posts, we’ve addressed how the new changes to the 2014 Common Application will affect you, and we’ve taken a look at essay questions one through four. Today we focus on the final Common App essay – question number five. The Basics: –Keep it unique. Originality is key if you want to set yourself apart from the crowd. –Shoot for around 500 words on your first draft. After thorough edits and additions, you’ll likely be closer to the 650 word limit. -Remember, your essay is a supplement to the rest...

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Top 8 Questions and Answers for Students Entering College

There are many questions a high school student going on to college is going to need answered, but let’s start with the “Top eight.”   1) Is college right for me? If you really want to learn, and gain skills, then yes. If you just want to party, maybe not.   2) How do I pick a major? Don’t worry about that at first. Most students start college well before declaring their major.   3) How do I know what classes to take f I don’t have a major? There are likely going to be required courses, like freshman English, start there. Then, add courses required by the field(s) that interest you most.   4) How will I afford school? Research as many grants and awards...

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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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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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Financial Aid: Quick Tips

Financial aid comes with a lot of mysteries for most students ready to enter college for the first time. But, there are really just a few important facts that you need to remember, and you will be able to easily take care of one of the daunting, necessary steps for beginning your college career. First, start with applying for aid from the Department of Education. This is easily done by using their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which may be found online at Don’t make the mistake of thinking that this is the only aid you can receive. Many states offer tuition benefits, as well. In addition, check into local community programs, churches, and more. Stafford...

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