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Getting to the Root of It: 5 Quick Steps to Learn a Little Latin and Greek

A few posts back, we talked about the benefits of Latin and Greek and how learning a little of either language can boost vocabulary scores and build a great base for pre-law or pre-med students. Every major standardized test you encounter will assess your vocabulary repertoire and comprehension in some way. But few schools actually […]

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How Much Should A School’s Reputation Play Into Your College Decision?

Tuesday, I talked about Malcolm Gladwell’s article on college rankings, as well as my own opinion of their importance. My takeaway: at the very least rankings can be a decent measure of a school’s current reputation. So then how heavy should a school’s reputation weigh in one’s college decision? Let’s consider a hypothetical scenario. You […]

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Fewer SAT II Subject Test Requirements – Should You Still Take Three?

For many years, top colleges required not only SAT or ACT scores, but SAT Subject Test scores, too. The general rule was that competitive schools required three SAT IIs. Last year, Princeton reduced its three subject test requirement to two. This year Harvard and Georgetown – the last institutions to require three subject tests – both dropped […]

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Do You Trust College Rankings? Malcolm Gladwell Weighs In

In the latest issue of the New Yorker, Malcolm Gladwell brings his unique perspective to a subject close to all our hearts: College Rankings (subscription required). Known for his quirky take on subjects ranging from “the nature of genius” to “criminal profiling,” Gladwell does a great job of showing how poor an indicator these rankings […]

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Coach, Counselor, and CEO: Parental Roles during the Admissions Process

If anything is more stressful and exciting than embarking on a new adventure and challenge, it is to be the person left behind and hoping for the best. In the admissions process at any level – prep school, college, graduate school – the student is in a world of studying, essay writing, and interviewing and […]

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Writing for a Test: Five Things the SAT Essay Wants

Twenty-five minutes, one essay, one-ninth of your overall SAT score – and one more place college admissions counselors might look to see what kind of student you really are. While your admissions essay can demonstrate past experience and illustrate academic goals, the SAT essay not only is an important part of the overall test, but […]

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The Best Way to Study for a Standardized Test

At the top of the New York Times website’s “Most Popular” list last week was not a story about protests in Cairo, tiger mothers, or the President’s State of the Union, but an article about the benefits of taking practice exams when studying for a standardized test. The article “To Really Learn, Quit Studying and […]

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New Writer At Top Test Prep!

Top Test Prep is excited to welcome a new writer on board for our Test Prep and Admissions, “The Insider’s Guide to Admissions”… __________ Jon B. attended the Derryfield School. Among his activities, he taught at an after-school program, Summerbridge, and playing on the Varsity Lacrosse term. In college he went on to pursue history, […]

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Colleges See Record Numbers of Applicants

Dartmouth, Harvard, Connecticut, Colby, Michigan, Macalaster, and Berkeley — the trend of rising application numbers for the class of 2015 has spread across the country and is setting record numbers at many schools. Applicants this year were seemingly undeterred by the slow economy and the rising cost of college. Ivies and traditionally selective schools saw significant […]

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Five FAFSA Filing Tips

After application submissions, who wants to fill out more forms? But with the new calendar year firmly established, taxes are on their way. Now is the perfect time to file paperwork for Federal Application for Financial Student Aid, or FAFSA, which is the form used to determine a student’s eligibility for federal financial aid and […]

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