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What’s a Good SAT Score?

The straight answer is: it depends. It depends on where you want to go (or who you want to impress). According to the College Board’s table of 2013 SAT percentiles, the median SAT score for college-bound seniors was around 1500 combined. So maybe a ‘good SAT score’ is anything over that mark: you’ll be better […]

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Approaching Test Day

Test day is tough, whatever the test. At least as important, though, is the time leading up to the big day. The right approach can make all the difference. 1) Take a break. Two or three days before your test date, give yourself a break and stop studying. Not only does cramming not work, but […]

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3 Things to Do This Summer

When you’re in high school, summer is a time to relax. After being busy with homework, extracurriculars, hanging out with friends, and whatever other commitments you have, it’s important to give yourself a breather. You also need a break from getting up every morning; a developing mind needs sleep, after all. This doesn’t mean that […]

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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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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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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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Writing a Strong SAT Essay

Here are some tips from one of our top 1% tutors on how to write a strong SAT essay:

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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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