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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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Early Decision vs. Early Action: Do they help?

Early Decision vs. Early Action: What do they both mean for college admissions, and do they help? Today, most colleges and universities have some sort of option for applying before the regular decision cycle. This could mean enjoying winter break with the peace of mind that you’ve already been accepted somewhere, but if you’re relying […]

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The Site Slinger Review (Capital Factory company), Austin, TX

Our team recently encountered some major issues using a company called “The Site Slinger.”  According to the Site Slinger website, purportedly, “The Site Slinger turns designs into code. Built for designers and headquartered in Austin, Texas, we’re here to make PSD to HTML better with easy online ordering, reliabile team, and fast turnaround.”  Further, the […]

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Updates and Changes to the Common Application (2013)

Beginning this year (2013-2014), there will be significant changes to the “Common Application”. The Common Application acts as the basic unified application for nearly 500 colleges and universities in the US and Europe. Every year, more than 500,000 students use the Common Application to apply to an incredibly broad and diverse range of institutions. This […]

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How to Improve Your Scores over Holiday Break!

It seems like just yesterday that the fall semester started back up, you greeted friends you hadn’t seen over the summer, and classes began.  Before you knew it, the semester was half over–now we’re on to Thanksgiving, and winter break is right around the corner.  You are probably looking forward to a change from the […]

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Test Prep Experts: Keeping Students Motivated

There are two kinds of motivation: long term and short term. The learning team (student, tutor, educational institution, and parent) is responsible for maintaining motivation throughout the process, but the tutor-student relationship is critical in each and every level of motivating the learning process. On a day-to-day level, motivation is necessary to keep focus and […]

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