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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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To Flex or Not to Flex?

As you may or may not know, there are two SSAT tests: the SSAT Standard Test and the SSAT Flex Test. Although there are different titles for these tests, do not let this confuse you. Both of these tests are the same and present the same material. The only difference is the flexibility in the […]

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The #1 Application Trick

Okay, my title is a bit disingenuous, because the “trick” I have for you doesn’t really deserve the name. But that’s just because it’s doesn’t involve dissembling. Is it really a trick if it doesn’t involve deceiving your audience? My “#1 trick” for college applications is simple and honest: be yourself. This rule applies to […]

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