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Halle Edwards

Halle Edwards graduated from Stanford University with honors. In high school, she earned 99th percentile ACT scores as well as 99th percentile scores on SAT subject tests. She also took nine AP classes, earning a perfect score of 5 on seven AP tests. As a graduate of a large public high school who tackled the college admission process largely on her own, she is passionate about helping high school students from different backgrounds get the knowledge they need to be successful in the college admissions process.

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25 to 32: Fast ACT Prep Study Plan in 10 Days

Posted by Halle Edwards | Mar 1, 2017 12:00:00 AM

ACT Strategies

Do you need to raise your ACT score, ASAP? Do you want to make a huge score improvement, from good to amazing, from 25 to 32?

It’s not easy, but you can take huge strides towards the ACT score of your dream in just 10 days. We will show you how to pinpoint your weaknesses, create a study plan, and raise your score.

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The Best AP US History Books: Full Expert Reviews

Posted by Halle Edwards | Feb 1, 2017 8:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

Need some help studying for AP US History? Look no further. In this post, we cover the best AP US History books – from textbooks to prep books, and even study tools like flashcards and websites. Read on to get the best tools for studying for the exam!

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Everything You Need to Know: History of The Great Gatsby

Posted by Halle Edwards | May 28, 2016 9:00:00 PM

Book Guides


What exactly makes The Great Gatsby so “great?” Why did your English teacher choose this book in particular, when there are dozens of other great American novels from the twentieth century? Has it always been this popular?

This article explains how The Great Gatsby novel went from an unpopular flop during its time to a great American classic today, and how that history could affect your approach to the book. Read on to learn the story of The Great Gatsby’s unlikely path to fame, and why you should care.

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Official ACT to SAT (New 1600 and Old 2400) Conversion Charts

Posted by Halle Edwards | May 13, 2016 3:30:00 PM

SAT versus ACT, ACT General Info, SAT General Info

Unlike apples and oranges, it is possible to compare the ACT and SAT – though it can be a little bit complicated.


One of the first thoughts you might have after getting your ACT or SAT score back is how well you would have done on the other test. Luckily, SAT to ACT conversion (and ACT to SAT conversion) is possible.

In this post, we'll provide conversion charts from the test makers themselves to help you with score conversions between both the new and old versions of the SAT and the ACT. We'll also learn if certain colleges go easier on either the SAT or ACT – and what you can do about it.

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Most Important Themes in Great Gatsby, Analyzed

Posted by Halle Edwards | May 13, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Book Guides

Need to write about a theme for a Great Gatsby assignment, or just curious about what exactly a theme is? Not sure where to start? Learn here what a theme is, what the main themes in The Great Gatsby are, and get some tips for writing about themes for your English/Language Arts class essays.

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Best Character Analysis: Jay Gatsby - The Great Gatsby

Posted by Halle Edwards | May 8, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Book Guides

The man, the myth, the legend, Jay Gatsby is the titular hero of The Great Gatsby.

Nick first comes to know him as an incredibly wealthy, mysterious man who throws lavish parties, but we eventually learn his background: a boy from humble origins who is desperate to win back the love of a rich woman, Daisy, and loses everything in his last attempt to win her over.

So where did Gatsby get his money? Does he actually love Daisy? And what’s so “great” about him anyway? This guide explains Gatsby’s rags-to-riches story, what he does in the novel, his most famous lines, and common essay topics. Read on for an in-depth guide to all things Jay Gatsby.

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Best Character Analysis: Daisy Buchanan - The Great Gatsby

Posted by Halle Edwards | May 7, 2016 8:00:00 PM

Book Guides

In The Great Gatsby, Daisy Fay Buchanan is the object of Jay Gatsby’s singular obsession, which means in many ways she is the center of the novel. But despite this, there is quite a bit we don’t know about Daisy Buchanan as a character – her inner thoughts, her desires, and even her motivations can be hard to read.

So what do we know about Daisy, and what would a typical analysis of her look like? Learn all about Daisy, Great Gatsby’s most alluring, controversial character, though her description, actions, famous quotes, and a detailed character analysis.

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Best Character Analysis: Nick Carraway – The Great Gatsby

Posted by Halle Edwards | May 7, 2016 7:00:00 PM

Book Guides

Nick Carraway is The Great Gatsby’s narrator, but he isn’t the protagonist (main character).

This makes Nick himself somewhat tricky to observe, since we see the whole novel through his eyes. How can you watch the narrator? This difficulty is compounded by the fact that Nick is an unreliable narrator – basically, a narrator that doesn’t always tell us the truth about what’s happening.

In this post we will explore what we objectively know about Nick, what he does in the novel, his famous lines, common essay topics/discussion topics about Nick, and finally some FAQs about Mr. Carraway.

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Best Character Analysis: Jordan Baker - The Great Gatsby

Posted by Halle Edwards | May 7, 2016 2:00:00 PM

Book Guides

You know that friend of yours who loves to gossip yet always downplays any drama they get into themselves? Jordan Baker in The Great Gatsby is like that friend. A close friend of Daisy Buchanan’s, Jordan dates Nick Carraway during the novel and plays a crucial role in reuniting Daisy with the titular Jay Gatsby.

A couple of years younger than Daisy, Jordan is single and a professional golfer, which sets her apart from her married friend. In fact, Jordan is Daisy’s opposite in many ways, as we will explore in this guide! Read in for a complete guide to Jordan’s appearance, plot points, major quotes, and character analysis!

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Best Character Analysis: Tom Buchanan - The Great Gatsby

Posted by Halle Edwards | May 7, 2016 1:00:00 PM

Book Guides

Tom Buchanan – hulking, hyper-masculine, aggressive, and super-rich – is The Great Gatsby’s chief representative of old money, and (in a book with many unlikeable people) one of the book’s least sympathetic characters. He is Gatsby’s rival for Daisy’s love, but he is also caught up in an affair with Myrtle Wilson that proves fatal for many involved.

So what’s important to understand about Tom? What are his motivations? Is there anything sympathetic about him at all? Find out here!

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Low Score on the Old SAT: Should I Take the New SAT?

Posted by Halle Edwards | Feb 11, 2016 9:00:00 AM

SAT Strategies

Not so happy with your score on the Old SAT? You might be thinking about retaking the test. Unfortunately for you, the redesigned version of the SAT – in this post, we’ll just call it the “New SAT” – debuted in March of this year. Which means if you retake the SAT, you’ll be taking a totally redesigned test. So you may be wondering, "Should I take the New SAT?"

This post will help you decide if your Old SAT score is really not good enough for the colleges you hope to apply to. Next, we will explain some potential challenges with studying for the New SAT, and help you decide if it’s the right step for you. Don’t sign up for the New SAT before reading this post!

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ACT FAQ: Expert Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Posted by Halle Edwards | Feb 11, 2016 8:30:00 AM

SAT versus ACT, ACT General Info, ACT Logistics

Here at PrepScholar, we get a lot of questions about every aspect of the ACT. To help, we've compiled this ACT FAQ to address all of your questions about the test – whether you haven’t even cracked open a prep book to study for it yet or if you’ve taken it four times and are wondering which scores to send to colleges.

Read on to get the answers to all of your burning ACT-related questions and links to the best articles on our site to help you prepare for the ACT. 

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Every AP World History Practice Test Available

Posted by Halle Edwards | Jan 16, 2016 6:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

Need some free resources to help you prepare for the AP World History exam? This complete collection of AP World History practice tests has links to free multiple-choice questions designed for the complete AP World History curriculum, as well as real AP free-response questions and a full-length practice test. Read on to learn how to use these resources and to get links to hundreds of AP World History practice questions.

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The Best AP World History Study Guide: 6 Key Tips

Posted by Halle Edwards | Dec 25, 2015 6:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

Are you taking AP World History this year? Or considering taking it at some point in high school? Then you need to read this AP World History study guide! Instead of cramming every single name, date, and place into your head, learn how to study for AP World History so that you can learn the major ideas and be prepared for the test in May. Speaking of the exam, we'll also go over some key strategies for preparing for it.

AP World History is challenging – just 6% of test takers got a 5 in 2015. But if you study correctly throughout the year, you could be one of the few students who aces this test. Below are six tips to follow in order to be well-prepared for the AP World History exam. Read through each one and apply them to your test prep. You'll soon be well on your way to maximizing your exam score!

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How to Pass Your AP Course Audit

Posted by Halle Edwards | Dec 18, 2015 3:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

Need to learn the ins and outs of the AP auditing process? You're in luck. Whether you’re a new teacher or just new to AP, check out this guide to make sure your course is approved! We will explain the auditing process in detail, including how AP courses are reviewed, how to submit your audit, and how to write an appropriate syllabus.

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