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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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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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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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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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College Campus Tours: Are They Useful?

You’ve looked through the brochures.  You’ve seen all the campus pictures. You’ve read the U.S. News college rankings.  So why bother scheduling a campus tour when you’ve read everything about the colleges you’re applying to?  Believe it or not, seeing the college campus for yourself can determine whether or not it’s the right fit for […]

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Tips and Strategies for the ACT

Some students, who have registered to take the ACT exam, make the mistake of treating the ACT like the SAT.  However, these two tests differ in format, in length and in points.  In this video, one of Top Test Prep’s tutors shares some of her tips and strategies for the ACT so students can take […]

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ACT vs SAT: which should you take?

Students often wonder which test is better suited for them when applying to college – the ACT or the SAT? What are the differences, if any, between these two tests?  Do they need to take these two tests?  These are all important questions since students’ SAT and ACT scores play a prominent part in their […]

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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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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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Can I Get Into College If I Can’t Afford Tuition?

College can get expensive. According to the College Board, a moderate college budget for an in-state public college is $22,261. That figure rises to $43,289 for a private college. These numbers can be intimidating, and some prospective students find these figures to be deterrents from applying, believing that they would not be accepted to a […]

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