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70+ Academic Honors Examples for Your College Application

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Jan 17, 2019 12:00:00 PM

College Admissions

College applications are all about showing off to the admissions committee, and what better way to do so than to lead with your most impressive academic awards. What are the best academic honors and awards to put on a college application?

In this guide, we give you 70+ academic honors examples to give you an idea of what types of achievements colleges like to see most on applications. In addition, we explain what counts as an academic honor or award, go over different impressive academic honors and awards examples you can get, and give you useful tips for effectively talking about awards on your application.

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What Is a Double Major? Is a Double Major Right for You?

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Jan 16, 2019 12:00:00 PM

College Info

Going to college can sometimes feel like a series of tough decisions. Not only do you have to take standardized tests like the ACT or SAT, you also have to decide which colleges to apply to and write (practically) a million applications!

After all of that, picking your major sometimes feels like the easy part. But not so fast! Many schools offer a variety of majoring opportunities, including a degree path referred to as a double major where you concentrate in not one, but two different subjects.

This guide will take the mystery out of what it means to double major! We’ll explore the ins and outs of the degree path, including: 

  • Defining what a double major is...and what it isn’t,
  • Discussing the pros and cons of double majoring, and finally,
  • Helping you figure out whether a double major is the right choice for you.

So without further ado...let’s dive in!

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5 Tips for Writing an Incredible FSU Essay

Posted by Melissa Brinks | Jan 14, 2019 12:00:00 PM

College Essays

Florida State University, or FSU, is a top-100 school and ranked number three in Florida Colleges. With a 56 percent acceptance rating, they’re considered to be a competitive school. That means you’ll need to impress them in your application, and a well-written FSU essay is one great way to go about it!

This guide will walk you through the FSU essay, including whether or not writing one is the right choice for you.

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What Is a Good ACT Writing Score?

Posted by Laura Staffaroni | Jan 13, 2019 4:07:00 PM

ACT Writing

As you study for the ACT, it's easy enough to calculate your ACT composite target score. But where does your essay score fit into all this? What’s a good ACT Writing score? Read on to find out how to figure it out!

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What's an Average ACT Writing Score?

Posted by Laura Staffaroni | Jan 13, 2019 1:22:00 PM

ACT Writing

It's approximately one month after your ACT test date. You get your ACT score report and see your ACT Writing score. But what does that number actually mean? Did you do better than average? Worse? Exactly average? Learn what an average ACT Writing score is in this article.

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5 Tips for Writing the Michigan State Admissions Essay

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Jan 13, 2019 12:00:00 PM

College Essays

So you’ve decided to apply to Michigan State University. You’ve made a great choice—not only is it one of the top public universities in the nation, 95% of undergraduates land jobs or go onto graduate school after graduation! Additionally, 25 of its undergraduate programs are ranked in the top 20 nationally, including the best supply chain management and logistics program in the country. And like most top schools, the MSU application requires you to submit an application essay. 

This guide will walk you through everything you need to know about writing and submitting the Michigan State admissions essay, including:

  • A discussion of the Michigan State admissions standards,
  • Where to find the Michigan State application, and
  • Five tips to write a Michigan State admissions essay that will get you in. 

So let’s get started!

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SAT Analogies and Comparisons: Why Were They Removed, and What Replaced Them?

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jan 6, 2019 10:34:00 PM

SAT General Info

In 2005, major changes made to the question types in the reading and math sections of the SAT. Two types of comparison questions - quantitative comparison questions from math, and analogies from reading - were booted from the SAT.

In this article I’ll give you the rundown on what these questions were like, how the SAT replaced them, and how questions have evolved even further on the 2016 version of the test. 

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How Many Questions Can You Skip for a Good SAT Score?

Posted by Dora Seigel | Jan 6, 2019 9:52:00 PM

SAT/ACT Score Target, SAT Strategies

Every year students fight to get the SAT score they want. For many students, completing all the questions before running out of time is a serious challenge. If you're one of those who struggles to finish the test in time, skipping can be a real asset. But how many questions can you skip for a good score on the SAT?

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What's the Lowest SAT Score Possible? How Many Get It?

Posted by Halle Edwards | Jan 6, 2019 9:35:00 PM

SAT General Info

Are you embarrassed of your SAT score, or think it’s pretty low? Chances are it isn’t even close to the lowest possible SAT score.

In this post, we’ll reveal how rare the lowest possible SAT score is, the lowest scores we have seen, and how to improve on the test, regardless of what your current score is.

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SAT Subject Test Dates 2018-2019

Posted by Justin Berkman | Jan 6, 2019 6:00:00 PM

SAT Subject Tests

At PrepScholar, we pride ourselves on using the best data to keep you posted about upcoming test schedules and registration deadlines. It's essential to plan ahead and choose wisely when selecting Subject Tests and test dates.

You can see the SAT test dates for previous years. Refer to this information to get a general idea of when College Board has its test dates for the SAT and how long after the test you can view your scores. In this article, I’ll give you the SAT Subject Test dates for 2018-2019 and explain what you should consider when choosing your test date and Subject Tests.

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When Do ACT Scores Come Out? ACT Score Release Schedule

Posted by Allen Cheng | Jan 6, 2019 6:00:00 PM

ACT Logistics

You've taken the ACT and are now waiting for your scores. This can be a tense time, but knowing when exactly to expect your ACT results can help you plan ahead.

When do ACT scores come out exactly? In this article, find out when your test scores will become available, how to get your ACT results as fast as possible, and what to do once you have them. 

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When Is the FAFSA Deadline for 2019? Federal and State

Posted by Justin Berkman | Jan 6, 2019 5:30:00 PM

Financial Aid

To be considered for federal financial aid, you must complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. Most states, colleges, and universities also use the FAFSA to award other types of institutional financial aid, including state- and college-sponsored financial aid, such as grants, educational loans, and work-study programs.

If you don’t get your FAFSA submitted by the deadline, you might be missing out on free money. Don’t do that. Make sure you know all the applicable federal, state, and college deadlines. Get that money!

In this article, we'll discuss when you should submit the FAFSA and how to ensure you don't miss any important deadlines. We'll also explain the financial aid process after you submit your FAFSA.

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SAT Score Range: The Complete Story

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jan 6, 2019 5:21:00 PM

SAT General Info

What is the range for SAT scores? How do your scores stack up? In this article, I’ll give you a basic rundown of the range of scores you can expect on the SAT and help you put your scores in perspective if you’ve already taken the test.

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SAT Test Dates 2018-2019

Posted by Justin Berkman | Jan 6, 2019 5:00:00 PM

SAT Logistics

Here at PrepScholar, we use the best data to inform you about what the testing schedule, registration deadlines, and score release dates will look like in the future. When choosing your test date, you should consider a number of factors — knowing exactly when the test will happen is vital for your planning. (If you're looking for something more recent, here's the information for previous years and for this school year.)

In this article, I’ll give you the 2018-2019 SAT test dates and go over some factors to think about when picking your test date.

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How Long Does It Take to Get ACT Scores Back?

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Jan 6, 2019 5:00:00 PM

After you take the ACT, the anticipation isn't over! Now, you have to wait to get your scores. While the scores aren't available immediately, you don't actually have to wait too long to see your scores or have them sent to colleges.

This guide will go over when you can expect to see your ACT scores for each test date, as well as the differences in score release dates for students who took the ACT with Writing.

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