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The Best College Essay Length: How Long Should It Be?

Posted by Ellen McCammon | Feb 27, 2017 12:00:00 PM

College Essays

Figuring out your college essay can be one of the most difficult parts of applying to college. Even once you’ve the prompt and picked a topic, you might wonder: if you write too much or too little, will you blow your chance of admission? How long should a college essay be?

Whether you’re a terse writer or a loquacious one, we can advise you on college essay length. In this guide, we'll cover what the standard college essay length is, how much word limits matter, and what to do if you aren't sure how long a specific essay should be.

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The 12 Easiest Scholarships to Apply For

Posted by Francesca Fulciniti | Feb 23, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Financial Aid

Scholarships are awesome resources if you’re checking out different ways to pay for college. It’s free money - what’s not to love?

As it turns out, most scholarship programs have application processes that aren’t exactly lovable. Students generally have to submit a lot of information about themselves: transcripts, GPAs, test scores, resumes, community service activities, and so on. There may even be a few essays and grade requirements thrown in as well. You don’t want to complain, because again, free money - but these applications sure are tedious when you’re working on college apps, high school courses, and financial aid applications all at the same time.

The following easy scholarships have application processes that are a bit more manageable. Some ask you to write short essays while others don’t require any essays at all! The awards may not be as large as some other scholarships, but when the application process is so easy, you really don’t have much to lose. I'll start off with some words of warning before getting into the good stuff: essay and no-essay scholarships that are so easy to apply for, you may end up applying to all of them!

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How Do I Submit Letters of Recommendation?

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Feb 20, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Letters of Recommendation

Hopefully, you have the perfect teachers in mind to ask for your letter of recommendation. Once you’ve asked these teachers, how do you actually get their letters to your colleges?

This guide will go over everything you need to know about submitting your recommendation letters, whether you’re using the Common Application, a customized school application, and/or Naviance. To start, what are the options for submission?

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Future Years' ACT Test Dates: 2017, 2018, and Beyond

Posted by Justin Berkman | Feb 19, 2017 8:00:00 PM

ACT Logistics

Future ACT dates are only confirmed a little over a year in advance, but at PrepScholar, we’ve researched patterns from previous years to predict future dates.

The ACT test dates for 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 have been officially released, but in this article, I’ll also provide the likely dates for 2018-2019. From the data we’ve looked at, we can predict these dates with decent confidence.

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3 Key Strategies for SAT Passport to Advanced Math

Posted by Vero Lecocq | Feb 17, 2017 12:00:00 PM

SAT Math

Worried about exponents or coordinate geometry on the SAT? Never fear, this guide is here!

I'll explain everything you need to know about SAT Math's trickiest subject area: Passport to Advanced Math. This topic tests all the algebra skills you must have firmly in place before you move into the study of more complex math, including systems of equations, polynomials, and exponents.  Of course, the questions are presented in a uniqely SAT way, so I'll walk you through exactly what you can expect from this subsection of SAT Math.

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7th Grade ACT Prep: How to Ace the Exam

Posted by Laura Staffaroni | Feb 14, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Early Achievers (7th/8th Grade)

Even though there are plenty of other standardized tests for younger students like ACT Aspire or the PSAT, there are still many middle schoolers every year who take the ACT. 7th grade is definitely a bit earlier than most people take a college entrance exam, but it's possible you might have to take it as part of an academic talent search or want to take it to see what it's like.

Just as good 7th grade ACT scores are different from what good scores would be for juniors or seniors, though, 7th grade ACT prep is very different from high school ACT prep. Find out the best way to A-C-E the ACT in 7th grade in this article.

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The Ultimate ACT Writing Study Guide: Tips, Strategies, and Practice

Posted by Laura Staffaroni | Feb 10, 2017 12:00:00 PM

ACT Writing


We've written the best study guide to ACT Writing section and the ACT essay available anywhere. 

This is a bold statement, but it's not an exaggeration. We have read many, many different ACT prep books and thoroughly studied ACT, Inc’s resources. Based on our research, we believe that this guide is the best resource available by far for ACT Writing.

In this guide, we cover each aspect of the ACT essay in detail, from what kinds of prompts you'll be asked to write about to the essential underlying skills the essay prompt is testing. You'll learn the best ACT writing tips and strategies as well as how to get the most out of ACT writing practice and prep.

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The 11 Best Performing Arts Colleges in the US

Posted by Dora Seigel | Feb 9, 2017 12:00:00 PM

College Info

Attending a performing arts college is a big decision—you’re committing to focusing exclusively on your art for four years. Once you’ve made that choice, you need to find a school that will you accomplish your career goals. In order to help you find the right school for you, I’ve compiled a list of the very best performing arts colleges in the US.

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65 Great Colleges That Don't Require Essays to Apply

Posted by Ellen McCammon | Feb 4, 2017 12:00:00 PM

College Info, College Essays

If the thought of writing a college essay fills you with terror, you may be wondering: are there colleges that don’t require essays?

The answer is: yes, there are! Read this guide for an overview of colleges that don’t require admissions essays, how to find these schools, and whether you should apply to one or not. We’ll wrap up with a list of 65 colleges with no essay requirement that you could apply to!

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3 Great Options for Online Homeschooling Support

Posted by Ellen McCammon | Feb 3, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Coursework/GPA

The magic of the internet has dramatically increased the resources available to the average homeschooler. Through online homeschooling resources, homeschools can supplement their existing coursework, parents can get curriculum support, and students with irregular schedules can stay enrolled in high school!

In this complete guide to online homeschool, we’ll introduce online homeschooling, discuss the pros and cons to online homeschool, and go over the types of online homeschool and the benefits and drawbacks to each type. We’ll also provide examples of each type of program!

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6 Top College Interview Tips: How to Prepare Effectively

Posted by Justin Berkman | Jan 28, 2017 9:00:00 AM

College Admissions

Many of the top colleges either recommend or require interviews. To give yourself the best opportunity to make a good impression in your interviews, and to improve your chances of getting accepted to these schools, you should absolutely prepare for your interviews.

In this article, I'll explain exactly how prepare for a college interview, and I'll give you detailed college interview tips that should make you more comfortable and confident during the interview process.

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ACT Test Security Protocols: What to Expect

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jan 28, 2017 8:00:00 AM

ACT General Info

Standardized test materials must be kept under lock and key to ensure fairness and scoring accuracy during each administration. The ACT is no exception to this rule, and ACT Inc. has many regulations in place to prevent the distribution of confidential test questions to the public. In this article, I'll go through all of the ACT test security rules, what security breaches have occurred in recent years, and what this means for students in general. 

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Taking the ACT in 7th Grade: Should You Do It?

Posted by Laura Staffaroni | Jan 22, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Early Achievers (7th/8th Grade)

It’s just a short while before school ends for the day. You settle in to enjoy a discussion about sea monkeys in your 7th grade Science class when all of a sudden, one of your classmates starts complaining about having to take the ACT. What is she talking about? Who would want to take the ACT in middle school, and who even cares about 7th grade ACT scores?

If you’re a parent, you may have heard or read about programs designed for early-achieving students. But it can be hard to figure out if those programs are for students who do well on the ACT, or if the students get to take the ACT if they do well in school.

Fear not—I’ll clear up the confusion in this article as I go over the pros and cons of taking the ACT in 7th grade and the programs you can get into with high 7th grade ACT scores.

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Average SAT Scores by State (Most Recent)

Posted by Allen Cheng | Jan 21, 2017 2:00:00 PM

SAT General Info

Over a million students across the country take the SAT every year. Are you curious what the SAT scores by state look like? How do you stack up against your state? How about interesting state facts, like which state has the highest SAT score? Lowest SAT score? Highest participation? 

It's the battle of the states, SAT edition. Find out your state's average SAT scores and other fun facts in this post!

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What Subjects Are on the SAT?

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Jan 15, 2017 9:00:00 AM

SAT General Info

Are you taking the SAT soon or beginning your preparations but aren’t sure what’s on the test? You may know that there’s math, some reading, and maybe an essay you need to write, but what subjects are on the SAT, exactly?

In this guide, we’ll break down the subjects you need to know to do well on each section of the SAT as well as explain what SAT Subject Tests are, how they're different from the regular SAT, and who needs to take them. We'll end with tips you should follow when studying for the SAT.

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