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SAT Changes Coming in 2016

Coming spring of 2016, the SAT will change (almost) entirely. The College Board has been working hard to create an exam that dispels all of the criticism they have received about the SAT being a “test-taking skill” exam rather than a college entrance exam. The new SAT will be more focused on things that matter […]

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How to Get Rewarded for Your Scores

The PSAT is not required for all students, but it should be considering the opportunities it offers. Every year, over 1.5 million students take the PSAT, which qualifies them for the National Merit Scholarship. The National Merit Scholarship Program (NMSP) awards nearly $35 million in scholarships to rising college students every year. There are only […]

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The 3 Types of College Essay Questions

Over 500 colleges and universities have become members of the Common Application with the intention of using a holistic selection process. With a list of participating schools this large, you will most likely cross paths with this system at some point during your application process. One of the highlights of the Common App is its […]

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5 Mistakes to Avoid in Your College Essays

Your application has made it past the initial round and is waiting on a table with a hundred other applications to be scrutinized by yet another admissions officer. The difference this time, is that your application is just another 2100 in the pool of over-achieving applications. Your high scores and GPA won’t be enough alone […]

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Where Should You Go?

You look forward to the day you get your decisions, thinking that it will all be over then: things will be decided and you can forget about college applications forever. For some lucky few, this is the case, but unless you’ve been admitted to your top choice, find that you still want to go there, […]

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The Top 5 Medical Schools for Your Major

The Association of American Medical Colleges projected that U.S. medical schools enrollment will increase by 30 percent from 2002 to 2017. More students are dedicating their studies to saving other people’s lives every year but not all of them are planning on being the typical family doctor. There are over 120 specialties and subspecialties within […]

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Should I Take the Test Multiple Times?

Here’s what the College Board has to say; “Most students take the SAT during their junior or senior year in high school. At least half of all students take the SAT twice—in the spring of their junior year and in the fall of their senior year. Most students also improve their score the second time […]

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The ACT vs. the SAT

Sometimes the stain of being runner-up can stick for longer than warranted. That’s why it’s worth saying again: the ACT is no longer a neglected stepchild in the world of standardized tests and college admissions. As a New York Times article reported a year ago, the ACT surpassed the SAT in popularity in 2012, in […]

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ACT vs. SAT: Which One Should You Take?

As junior year approaches, the dreadful college entrance exam becomes an over-bearing concern. You begin to worry because one of your friends has already registered for the SAT in September and another for the ACT in October, and you have yet to even consider which one you want to take. They both seem pretty equal […]

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When is the Best Time to Take the MCAT?

Ninety percent of medical school admission officers consider GPA and MCAT to be the two most important factors in admission in the early stages. Although officers look for high grades from medical school applicants, an outstanding MCAT score can abate a not-as-good GPA. This is a great (yet challenging) opportunity to take advantage of, considering […]

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