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BA Degree: What Is It? Should You Get One?

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Apr 22, 2021 1:00:00 PM

College Info

What is a BA degree? You've probably heard of this degree, but what does it stand for, and how does a BA degree differ from other types of college degrees you can get? In this guide, we explain the BA degree meaning, what subjects and skills BA students learn in college, popular BA degrees to get, how this degree type differs from other degrees like BS and BFA, and how you can decide if a BA degree is the best choice for you.

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When Is the Next ACT Test Date?

Posted by Allen Cheng | Apr 19, 2021 3:00:00 PM

ACT Logistics

Here's the most updated info on when the next ACT test is happening and when you have to register.

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DNA vs RNA: 5 Key Differences

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Apr 19, 2021 2:00:00 PM

General Education

What is the difference between DNA and RNA? DNA and RNA are both types of nucleic acids, which are molecules that contain sets of instructions for cells to make genetic information and proteins. However, there are significant differences between the two of them. This guide will compare and contrast DNA and RNA in terms of structure, function, location, and more. After we give overviews of both DNA and RNA, there's a chart that allows you to easily see each key difference between DNA and RNA.

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College Waitlist: What Are Your Chances of Getting In?

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Apr 18, 2021 12:00:00 PM

College Admissions

Getting waitlisted at a college certainly isn't a bad thing—your application was good enough to not get rejected!—but it's definitely an uncomfortable place to be. After all, when you're on the college waitlist, you don't know whether you'll be admitted or not, and that alone is anxiety-inducing.

Luckily, there are many things you can do to increase your odds of getting off a waitlist. In this article, we explain how the college waitlist works, what steps to take if you've been waitlisted, and how to raise your college waitlist chances so you can attend your dream school.

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The Expert's Guide to the AP Biology Exam

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Apr 11, 2021 7:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

If you're taking AP Biology, it's a good idea to familiarize yourself with the exam before you get too far into the course. Preparing ahead of time for the AP exam format and fully understanding what concepts are covered on the AP Biology test can go a long way toward earning a high score (and potentially getting college credit!).

This article will take you through the structure and scoring of the AP Bio exam and give you some key tips on the best ways to study for AP Biology.

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The Best Living Environment Regents Review Guide 2021

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Apr 11, 2021 4:00:00 PM

General Education

Some states in the U.S. require students to take and pass a standardized test in order to graduate from high school with a diploma. If you live in the state of New York, you’ll have to take and pass a standardized test called the Regents Exam in order to earn your high school diploma. 

There are several individual Regents Exams, each covering a different subject area. If you want to get a high school diploma in the state of New York (called a Regents Diploma), you’ll have to take and pass at least one science Regents exam. 

The Living Environment Regents Exam is one of four science exams offered, and we’re here to help you learn everything you need to know to help you decide if taking the Living Environment Regents exam is the best choice for you. 

In our full guide to this exam, we’ll cover the following: 

  • What the Living Environment Regents Exam is
  • Who should take the Living Environment Regents Exam
  • Important information about the exam for quick reference
  • The format of the exam
  • Sample questions from the exam
  • The topics and subtopics covered by the exam sections

There’s a lot to cover here, so let’s get going!


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Every IB History Past Paper Available: Free and Official

Posted by Dora Seigel | Apr 11, 2021 2:30:00 PM

International Baccalaureate (IB)

Taking a practice IB History exam before the actual exam will help you familiarize yourself with the length, style and format of the test. In this guide, we explain the IB History test format and link to the best past papers available. At the end, I'll explain how best to use these IB History past papers for your studying.

Disclaimer: these free exams should be used at your own risk. The exams are not authorized by the IBO and were most likely put up online without the IBO's consent.

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The Best Earth Science Regents Review Guide for 2021

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Apr 11, 2021 1:00:00 PM

General Education

The next Earth Science Regents exams will be held on Thursday, June 24th, 2021, at 9:15AM. Will you be prepared? In this guide, we explain everything you need to know about the Earth Science Regents exam, from what format the test will follow to which topics it'll cover. We also include official sample questions of every question type you'll see on this exam and break down exactly what your answers to each of them should include.

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The Best Algebra 1 Regents Review Guide 2021

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Apr 11, 2021 12:00:00 PM

General Education

Are you a student at a public high school in New York State? Then you must pass a math Regents exam in order to graduate and get your diploma. One of these exams is Algebra 1 Regents, which tests your understanding of an array of algebra-related concepts and laws, from exponents and equations to functions and probability.

The next NYS Algebra regents exam will be held on Wednesday, June 23, 2021, at 9:15 am.

Read on to learn exactly what the Algebra 1 Regents exam entails, what kinds of questions you can expect, what topics you should know, and how you can ensure you pass it.

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The Best AP Human Geography Review Books

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Apr 11, 2021 10:55:00 AM

Advanced Placement (AP)

If AP Human Geography is one of your first AP classes, you might be looking for some guidance on what you should study and how you should plan out your time. Even if you're not new to APs, it can be difficult to pin down what's important in this cross-disciplinary course.

That's where review books come in handy. This guide will provide a list of the best AP Human Geography books for exam review, and advice on how to choose one that fits your needs.

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Best ACT Prep Books 2021

Posted by Allen Cheng | Apr 10, 2021 12:00:00 PM

ACT General Info, ACT Strategies

There are numerous "Best ACT Books" lists out there. But we think most of them aren't very good or thorough, so I've tried to write a much better guide here.

In this article, you'll learn which books are absolutely critical for your ACT prep, which focus on improving individual sections, and which you'll need if you're aiming for a top score. Most importantly, you'll learn how to use these top-notch ACT prep books for effective studying.

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PreACT Practice Tests: Where to Find Them and How to Prep

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Apr 6, 2021 12:00:00 PM

ACT General Info, Other High School

Getting ready to take the PreACT? Then you might be wondering whether you should prep for it—and what resources you can use. Is there a PreACT practice test you can take? What kinds of PreACT resources does ACT, Inc. offer?

Keep reading to learn why it's a good idea to lightly prep for the PreACT, and get a comprehensive list of the best PreACT practice tests and materials you can use in your studying.

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Best College Acceptance Calculator: Learn Your Admission Chances

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Apr 6, 2021 12:00:00 PM

College Admissions

Anyone who’s applied to college remembers the fear of getting that dreaded rejection letter. (For the record, I got two—and they both stung. A lot.) But what if you could calculate your chances of college acceptance before you applied? 

The good news is that you can! Our college acceptance calculator uses your GPA and SAT/ACT score to estimate your likelihood of getting accepted to a particular school. But aside from GPA and test scores, what other critical factors affect your chance of admission? Read on to learn what schools look for during the admission process as well as how you can raise your chance of acceptance by submitting a strong application.

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Is a Computer Science Degree Right for You?

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Apr 6, 2021 8:00:00 AM

General Education

Thinking about getting a computer science degree? You've probably heard that there's huge demand for computer science graduates, and students who major in computer science can expect high-paying jobs right out of college. But computer science programs have very high dropout rates, often because students choose this major without really understanding what it'll be like. 

The best way to avoid this is to know what to expect going into a computer science program, and we're here to help! By reading this guide you'll learn:

  • What is a computer science degree?
  • What do computer science majors learn?
  • Is computer science the right major for you?
  • What are the best schools for computer science?
  • What can you do with a computer science degree?
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What Is an IT Degree? Everything You Need to Know

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Apr 5, 2021 12:00:00 PM

General Education

Information technology majors are needed in almost every industry to run, troubleshoot, and maintain technology. For many people, an  IT degree can translate into  a stable career, respectable salary, and stimulating work. 

But what is an IT degree exactly, and what does it take to be a successful IT major?

We’re here to answer these questions and more about getting an IT degree. By the end of this article, you’ll have a full understanding of what an IT degree entails and what to expect as an IT major at a four-year college or university. We’ll also cover the following about IT degrees: 

  • What Information Technology (IT) is as a career field
  • What an IT degree is
  • How to decide if an IT degree is right for you (with a five question quiz!)
  • Overview of the top seven IT degrees in the U.S. 

Let’s dive in!


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