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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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Where Should I Apply To College?

One of the most important factors you’ll consider when choosing a college is the type of college that best fits your academic interests, personal interests, and even your personality.  This decision is vital because it will affect the next 4 years of your life.  Here is a list of some factors to help you narrow […]

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Frequently Asked Questions about Letters of Recommendation

Almost every college and university requires you to submit at least one recommendation letter.  College admissions take these letters very seriously, so it in your best interest to secure great letters of recommendation from people who know you very well. How many recommendations do I need to send to the college? Generally, most colleges want […]

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Common College Application Mistakes

Senior year can be incredibly hectic and stressful, but don’t let that affect the quality of your college applications.  Take your time and pay attention to details – both big and small – and plan ahead so you don’t go over the deadlines.   Here’s a list of some of the more common college application mistakes. […]

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Tips To Get Accepted into an Ivy League University

The 8 universities that comprise the Ivy League have a reputation for their academic rigor, professional achievement and selectivity. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, Ivy League schools received more than 200,000 applications for the class of 2013. Only 11.9 percent of these applicants were accepted. Of the 200,000 applicants, it is probably […]

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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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