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Top 4 Common College Interview Mistakes

The college interview is a good precursor to your first real job interview.  Both interviews have profound implications for your future.  In that regard, consider preparing for the interview as if you were trying to land your dream job.  The college interview process can be stressful, but remember that the college is also trying to […]

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Why should you go to private school?

Thinking about boarding school can be as overwhelming as it is exciting for both student and parent. As a student, the chance to experience a parent-free campus life before college is liberating, while to a parent it seems terrifying to let their child away from home for so long to pursue such an ambitious achievement. […]

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5 New Essay Prompts on the Common Application

Last year, the Common Application contained five new essay prompts believed to encourage reflection and introspection amongst the applicants.    Gone is the heavily favored “Topic of Your Choice” option, a decision that has received some pretty heavy criticism.   The length limit for the essay has increased to 650 words, up from 500 words.  In the […]

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The Myths and Facts of the SAT and ACT

There are an abundance of myths floating around about both the SAT and the ACT that need to be put to rest.  In order for you to have the proper information before your exam, let us debunk a few of these myths.  Myth #1: The ACT and SAT have nothing to do with a student’s […]

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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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How is the ACT formatted?

First things first: let us dispel the notion that the SAT is the more widely accepted of the two tests.  Almost every college accepts the ACT, and it has now surpassed the SAT in number of students sitting for it each year.  For many students, this may come as a sign of relief since quite […]

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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 Highlight Your Other Strengths to Admissions Officials

It’s a common experience: Some students study as hard as they can and can’t seem to raise their standardized test scores. Luckily, college admissions officers take a holistic review of your accomplishments. There’s no need to apologize or make excuses for your standardized test scores. By emphasizing your strengths in other sections of your application, […]

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Planning Your Senior Year of High School

There’s a lot going on during everyone’s senior year of high school, so it’s easy to get overwhelmed. While you have some free time this summer, take a minute to plan out your college admissions calendar, paying attention to the application deadlines at the colleges on your list. Here is a basic outline of the […]

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The New Common Application – Common App

The new common application (“Common App”) will be released on August 1, 2013.  As a student applying to colleges, here’s what you need to know about the common app, so that you’re ready to complete the right information and get into top colleges. Here are the new common app instructions and essay prompts: Some students […]

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