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What’s a Good SAT Score?

The straight answer is: it depends. It depends on where you want to go (or who you want to impress). According to the College Board’s table of 2013 SAT percentiles, the median SAT score for college-bound seniors was around 1500 combined. So maybe a ‘good SAT score’ is anything over that mark: you’ll be better […]

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Admissions Is Not a Lottery

The idea that the college admissions process is a lottery is a common one among frustrated applicants. The popular variation is often phrased, ‘Admissions is a crapshoot,’ with the additional implication that you don’t have great odds in this particular lottery. Some, however, have taken the idea a bit more seriously. Writing in The Atlantic, Rob Goodman […]

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5 Things Not to Do When You’re on the Waitlist

1) Don’t give up. While it’s important to be realistic about your low chances, don’t give up if you want to attend a school that has waitlisted you. A decision may feel distant, but it’s worth staying focused and doing what you can. 2) Don’t send too many letters/emails. Sending letters is one way you […]

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MCAT Scores

Wondering what scores you need to get into medical school? Check out this short video.

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How Long are MCAT scores Valid?

If you’ve taken your MCAT, you might be wondering how long your scores will be valid for? Watch the video below for more information from one of Top Test Prep‘s top 1% MCAT tutors!

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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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Preparing for the College Interview

When preparing for your college interview, it’s important to pay as much attention to what your body is saying as you do to the words you are saying.  Here are some tips from the Admissions Experts of Top Test Prep! Greet your interviewer with eye contact and a strong handshake. You will likely meet with […]

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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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Ten Important College Admissions Trends

Here are Ten Important College Admissions Trends, for students applying to colleges: The most recent results from the National Association for College Admissions Counseling’s annual survey of what is transpiring in the world of college admissions follow. 1. College Enrollment Is Up As of 2009, 20.4 million students were enrolled in college, representing 70 percent […]

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