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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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Three Resources for Online Tutoring

Even with the one-on-one personal tutoring experience you find at Top Test Prep, students are also encouraged to do additional work at home. There are three resources we recommend when looking for extra places to keep up the studying. StudyBlue – This is a great site where you can create flash cards. You can create […]

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Medical School Admissions

Watch this video to learn more from one of Top Test Prep’s MCAT tutors on how to best approach the medical school applications!

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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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SSAT Online Tutors: Are They Worth It?

We get a lot of questions about online tutoring, both from parents and students. Is it effective? Is it personal? Is the software easy to use? Top Test Prep puts great effort into selecting an SSAT tutor that matches each student’s needs and expectations. Although you can try to find your own private tutors, it’s […]

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Five New Ways Colleges Are Using Social Media and Technology to Recruit Students

In the competitive world of college recruiting, colleges are increasingly supplementing the traditional printed recruitment mailer with emerging technologies. Five illustrations of this development follow and some discussion of new ways colleges are using social media as a way to recruit students to their campuses: 1. Quick Response Codes Colleges are experimenting with posting Quick […]

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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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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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