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The Best Ways to Write a Strong College Admissions Essay

(Ten Recommendations for Writing a Strong College Admissions Essay) The prospect of writing multiple college admissions essays may appear to be overwhelming. It can be managed effectively, however, with organization and deliberation. Recommendations which will assist you in writing strong admissions essays follow. 1. At the Start of the Process, Make a Chart of Required […]

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How do the best colleges select applicants for admissions?

So, what are the standards for choosing students to gain admission? And how do the best colleges select applicants – what criteria is applied in the admissions process? There are different college application admissions systems, but elite national institutions generally use the following criteria: 1. Grades and Rigor of Course Work (Honors, Advanced Placement, and […]

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Start your College Applications with these Admissions Tips…

The summer is a good time to acquire work experience, take a course or two, and chill out. You can do this, however, and still get a head start on your college applications. What steps can you take to be ready for fall and the college application season? (1) Narrow Your Colleges of Interest List […]

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Tips on Completing the College Application Personal Statement

The summer is an ideal time to get a head start on college application personal statements. Tips for writing a strong essay follow. (1) Be Personal and Display Growth Essay writers want to know about an interesting experience in your life, but they need to know what you did with that experience to change your […]

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How to Write the Best Personal Statement Admissions Essay

So, maybe you’re struggling to create a college admissions essay that will knock the socks off the admissions offices. Doubts grow as you ponder how you can come up with an original insight or an idea separating you from the pack. It’s now time to formulate a game plan for a college essay that will […]

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Summertime = Essaytime

Internships, jobs, camp, test prep courses, a few trips to the beach or mountains… and essay writing! Yes, summer vacation is on its way. Juniors, this is the perfect time to begin drafting college admission essays. Preparing your essays now will help you substantially in the fall when admissions crunch time comes. How can you best utilize […]

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How to Find an Editor for Your College Essay

Editors are crucial in the college application process – particularly for essays. A nightmare scenario is turning everything in, proudly looking over your work – and finding a glaring error or realizing that you had not discussed a certain illuminating point in an essay. Regret in that form is avoidable and easily prevented. Even if you […]

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The SAT Exam and Snooki from Jersey Shore? Reality TV Essay Prompt on the SAT

The most recent SAT Exam and its Reality TV Essay Prompt Ok, so we’ve had some of our Top Test Prep students inform us that the most recent SAT exam discussed the benefits/harms of reality TV shows.  Yes, I just said it.  An actual SAT exam discussed something as ridiculous as reality television shows such […]

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Submitting Your College Applications

Top 10 Things to Check Before Submitting Your College Applications Written by Admissions Expert, Ross Blankenship Founder of Top Test Prep When applying to college, your admissions application is the gateway to your acceptance. Your grades and academic history obviously factor into the equation, but since the application itself is what the admissions officers see […]

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Writing the Best Scholarship Essay

Here’s some good advice on how to write the best scholarship essay… We’ve told you to take your scholarship essays seriously. So where and how do you begin? Here are some helpful questions to get you started: What attributes do you wish to convey? – In order to answer this question, you should at the […]

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