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How to Negotiate Financial Aid Awards (College Admissions)

There’s much debate in the college admissions community about whether students accepted to colleges can negotiate their financial aid award.  First off, congratulations on even being able to consider such a task.  Now…let me be clear:  you absolutely can negotiate your financial aid awards.  Anyone who tells you something to the contrary is wrong.  Many […]

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How to Defer Admission and Take a Gap Year

Accepted at your top choice school but feeling hesitant? Nervous about jumping straight into an academic track? Afraid of possible burnout after an intense high school experience? Feeling a little wanderlust? It’s not uncommon to feel a little hesitation, or feel overworked after four years of hard academic, extracurricular, and test prep work. If you […]

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Underused Statistics: Graduation and Freshman Retention Rates

Last week I talked a little bit about how I thought average class size was an overvalued statistic. But this week I’d like to talk a little bit about two underused statistics: graduation rate and freshman retention rate. Like most students, when I was choosing a college the last thing I cared to think about […]

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Early Decision and Early Admissions Acceptance Rates

  Does applying through early admission programs help students? According to the National Association for College Admission Counseling, about 18 percent of institutions offer early decision, and about 24 percent offer early action. Early decision is a binding decision, which means that if a student applies and is accepted with an adequate financial aid package, […]

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The SAT Exam and Snooki from Jersey Shore? Reality TV Essay Prompt on the SAT

The most recent SAT Exam and its Reality TV Essay Prompt Ok, so we’ve had some of our Top Test Prep students inform us that the most recent SAT exam discussed the benefits/harms of reality TV shows.  Yes, I just said it.  An actual SAT exam discussed something as ridiculous as reality television shows such […]

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Top Test Prep Reviews

Top Test Prep Reviews For a review of Top Test Prep’s programs, check out the image below of a student Top Test Prep was able to successfully improve her scores and get into 8 of her top 10 colleges. We’re proud to continue working with so many students each year as they gain admission to […]

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5 Things You Can Do Differently During Your College Admissions

For many, knowing now what the application process is like comes with a little nostalgia – shoulda, coulda, woulda…. That wisdom and advice is worthwhile and useful. What would you have done differently? What do you wish you had done during the college admissions process? Here are 5 things many students wish they had done […]

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What To Do With Unfamiliar Essay Prompts

The college discussions boards are sounding off over an SAT essay prompt last Saturday. Even the New York Times takes a moment to cover the issue. At hand, was an essay prompt asking students to discuss reality television. Many students who had spent months away from television to study history, english, and literature, preparing themselves […]

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What To Do When You Are Waitlisted

March madness means more than hoops and tournaments – it’s also the time of year when colleges release their admission decisions to applicants. Waiting can be a difficult hiatus, but nothing can surpass the anticipation of colleges’ actual decisions.  So what do you do when you are waitlisted? Your hopes, expectations – they are all […]

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Getting Ready For Your Test Date!

Even if you feel that you’ve done enough test prep that you are a Jedi Test Master, here are a few ways to best prepare your mind and body in the days leading up to the test. A Good Night’s Sleep–Two Nights Before: Everyone will tell you how important it is to get a full […]

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