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Why Take the ACT Writing Portion?

Many students wonder whether or not they should take the optional writing portion of the ACT.  There are many reasons why taking the writing portion is the right decision.  First of all, many top colleges such as Princeton, Johns Hopkins and Brown require it.  The writing section isn’t meant to stump you or trick you […]

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4 Ways to Respond to SAT ‘s Role in Hiring Decisions

SAT prep has traditionally focused on preparing students to gain admission to the best schools. Today, an additional consideration is emerging. SAT scores now appear to play a larger role in employment prospects for recent graduates and even for older candidates. These are 4 ways to help you respond to current hiring trends. A recent […]

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Private School Rankings: What Parents Need to Know

Choosing a private school is undoubtedly one of the most important decisions parents will make as they take their first step toward planning for their child’s educational success. Determining which private institution is best for your child can be an equally challenging decision. There are obviously many factors to consider and the number of options […]

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9 Big Changes to the SAT 2016!

You may have heard the news already – changes are coming to the SAT in 2016!  What are these changes?  Watch the video below as our Logistics Manager, Dov Landau, discusses what College Board decided to change with the SAT. If you want to learn more about how Top Test Prep can help you start […]

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I finally submitted my college applications! Now what?

    The essays are done. The scores are in. Your college application is signed, sealed, and delivered to the schools of your dreams. And now, the hard part. The wait until Spring for college decisions may seem overwhelming, but there are a few things you should do in the meantime. Maybe they’ll take your […]

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How to Succeed in Your Online Course

Online courses are revolutionizing our education system, but that doesn’t mean they are free of typical pitfalls students face in the classroom. As you prepare to take an online course, whether it’s for fun or for academic reasons, make sure you avoid these common mistakes. Time Management This challenge comes first because it is arguably […]

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Private Tutoring and Test Prep: a Beautiful Partnership

These days, there is no shortage of test preparation strategies out there. You can buy workbooks, practice tests and advice books, and the Internet is jam-packed with all kinds of blogs and websites filled with pointers and how-tos. With all that information out there, does private tutoring for a test like the ACT, SAT, GMAT […]

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Setting Yourself Apart from Other Private School Applicants

Applying to private school can be overwhelming, and the competition for those few coveted seats can be cutthroat. Therefore, it is imperative that you set yourself apart from other applicants and force the admissions committee to take note of you. The best way to do so is to show the committee what makes you unique […]

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3 Tips for Your Secondary Medical School Applications

With medical school application season in full swing, anxiety levels are noticeably high–I can personally attest to the stress of waking up for two months with the “Did I get an interview e-mail?!” alarm going off in my head. As you start putting together your secondary applications, there are some core principles you should follow. Now, I’m […]

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How to Calculate Your EFC and True Cost of College

Here’s a helpful article on financial aid and your expected family contribution. We hope this helps you calculate the cost of college! What is the Expected Family Contribution (EFC)? The EFC “is a measure of your family’s financial strength and is calculated according to a formula established by law.” Source: http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/help/fftoc01g.htm. In a nutshell, it […]

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