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What Should I Go to College For?

Posted by Laura Staffaroni | Jun 11, 2019 12:32:51 PM

College Admissions

Applying to colleges is a rough enough process on its own. If you're interested in a lot of different subjects that don't necessarily mesh nicely together into one major, then figuring out what you should go to school for can seem like an impassable obstacle on the road to figuring out where to apply to.

In this article, I'll take you through the same steps I, a student with multiple disparate interests, took back when I was looking at colleges to figure out what I should go to college for.

I'll also go through how, as a well-rounded student, you can narrow down what kinds of schools you should apply to.

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How Checks and Balances Work in the US Government

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Jun 10, 2019 3:00:00 PM

General Education


If you’ve tuned into the news lately, you’ve seen the checks and balances system of government at work. Whether it’s courts striking down executive orders or governors vetoing legislation, checks and balances are constantly working to keep the United States government functioning.

But what are checks and balances, exactly? And how do they help make democracy work?

Although it’s important for everyone to understand the checks and balances system, it’s especially critical for you to understand if you’re taking a government course. Additionally, since a system of checks and balances plays an essential role in the U.S. federal government, the concept will also be a heavy contender for an AP exam free response question.

That’s a lot to cover, huh? Not to worry, though! By the end of this guide, you’ll have all the information you need to

  • Answer the question, “What are checks and balances?”
  • Write your own checks and balances definition
  • Identify pros and cons of a checks and balances government
  • Explain various checks and balances examples
  • Analyze real-life examples of checks and balances

Let’s get going!


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The 9 Most Common Shapes and How to Identify Them

Posted by Melissa Brinks | Jun 10, 2019 1:00:00 PM

General Education

You’ve probably learned a lot about shapes without ever really thinking about what they are. But understanding what a shape is is incredibly handy when comparing it to other geometric figures, such as planes, points, and lines.

In this article, we’ll cover what exactly a shape is, as well as a bunch of common shapes, what they look like, and the major formulas associated with them.


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2 Easy Examples of the Law of Conservation of Mass

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Jun 10, 2019 12:00:00 PM

General Education

Chemistry is an important subject that you’ll definitely need to know if you’re planning to pursue a chemistry or other science major in college. One thing you should be familiar with is the law of conservation of mass. What is it? And how is it used in chemistry?

Keep reading to learn what the law of conservation of mass is and how it came to be. We will also give you some law of conservation of mass examples to help you understand the concept better.

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How to Say Hello in 30 Different Languages

Posted by Hayley Milliman | Jun 9, 2019 4:00:00 PM

General Education

It’s estimated that there are anywhere from 3,000 to 5,000 different language dialects currently spoken around the world.

If you’re a world traveler or just interested in other cultures, you might be interested in learning to say hello in different languages. While we won’t cover all 5,000 here, we will teach you how to greet people in 60 different ways.

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Out Now: The PrepScholar Guide to ACT Science Book!

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Jun 9, 2019 12:00:00 PM

ACT Science

Do you struggle with ACT Science? You’re not alone! Science is often the ACT section students feel least comfortable with because it’s so different from the science exams you take in school. Despite this, there are very few books specifically dedicated to ACT Science. At PrepScholar, we decided to use our expert ACT knowledge to fix that.

The PrepScholar Guide to ACT Science is the book for students wanting to understand and ace ACT Science. It gives an in-depth analysis of the Science section and explains why students find it so tricky. It also analyzes every single type of passage and question you’ll see on ACT Science so that nothing will be a surprise on test day. By the end of the book, you’ll know all the tricks exam makers use to try to make students select the wrong answer, and you’ll be able to see through every one of them.

This book will also walk you through the fastest and most effective way to study for the Science section. Instead of trying to cram all the science information you learned in school, we give you a short list of every science fact you could be tested on in ACT Science. They contain the only science facts you need to know, so you can put your textbooks down and focus on studying smarter, not harder. We also explain multiple ways to read and attack Science passages so you can choose the strategy that gets you your highest score. Finally, all of these insights include high-quality sample problems and explanations throughout the book so you can understand how to use these skills on real ACT Science questions.

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The Ultimate SAT Spanish Subject Test Study Guide

Posted by Laura Staffaroni | Jun 9, 2019 12:00:00 PM

SAT Subject Tests

Applying to highly selective schools often means submitting SAT Subject Test scores along with your regular SAT or ACT scores. Si español es pan comido para usted, then taking the SAT Spanish Subject Test is a great way to fulfill part of the subject test requirement.

Read this guide to learn more about what’s on the SAT Spanish Subject Test and whether or not you should take it. We’ll go over format, test content, where to find good practice material, and tips to help you when studying and taking the test.

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The 10 Best Culinary Schools in the US

Posted by Hayley Milliman | Jun 8, 2019 12:00:00 PM

General Education

If you want a career as a chef, just trying out new recipes at home isn’t going to cut it. You’ll need to hone your skills through education, experience, or both.

One of the ways to become a chef is by attending culinary school. In this article, we’ll outline what culinary schools are, who should attend them, and provide a list of the ten best culinary schools for prospective chefs.

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How Do You Say Thank You in German? 12 Helpful Phrases

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Jun 7, 2019 3:00:00 PM

General Education

When you’re learning a new language, politeness is key. You’re almost guaranteed to make mistakes when speaking, but a lot of the confusion and awkwardness can be smoothed over with a few simple courtesy phrases. In this guide, we explain the most common way to say thank you in German, then give nearly a dozen other ways of expressing thanks so you always have the right phrase to use for every situation. We end with other polite phrases in German that you should know.

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The 9 Literary Elements You'll Find In Every Story

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Jun 5, 2019 12:00:00 PM

General Education

The AP Literature exam is designed to test your ability to analyze literature. That means you’ll have to know how to use analytical tools, like literary elements, to uncover the meaning of a text.

Because literary elements are present in every piece of literature (really!), they’re a good place to start when it comes to developing your analytical toolbox. In this article, we’ll give you the literary element definition, explain how a literary element is different from a literary device, and look at the top nine literary elements you need to know before taking the AP Literature exam.

So let’s get started!


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Whose or Who's? 3 Tips for Remembering the Difference

Posted by Hayley Milliman | Jun 4, 2019 2:00:00 PM

General Education

Who’s and whose both come from the pronoun who. While both words sound the same, they have very different meanings. These homophones can be tricky for even the most seasoned writers.

In this article, we’ll discuss whose vs who’s, explain when to use whose or who’s, and give you tricks for remembering proper usage.

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The 14 Easiest Majors for Your Bachelor's Degree

Posted by Hayley Milliman | Jun 4, 2019 12:00:00 PM

General Education

Before we jump into this list of the easiest college degrees, let’s get one thing straight: there’s no such thing as an easy bachelor’s degree. Whatever degree you choose to pursue, you’ll have to work really hard to complete it.

With that caveat out of the way, this article outlines the easiest majors, why they’re easy, and what your career outlook will look like if you choose one of these college degrees.


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What Does a College Acceptance Letter Say? Expert Guide

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Jun 3, 2019 1:51:00 PM

College Admissions

Whereas fall means college application season, spring means admission notifications time. All high school seniors want to get a college acceptance letter to their top-choice school. But what exactly does an admittance letter look like? And what does it say?

In this article, we go over what information a typical college acceptance letter includes and show you real college acceptance letter samples so you can get an idea of what they look like. We also give you our top four tips for what to do after you get an admittance letter.

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When Do College Acceptance Letters Arrive for Regular Decision? For Early Decision or Early Action?

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Jun 3, 2019 1:32:00 PM

College Admissions, College Info

Applying to college is a confusing and stressful process, but waiting to hear back from the colleges you applied to can be just as anxiety-inducing. When do college acceptance letters arrive?

In this guide, we explain when to expect to receive your college decision notifications. We also give you a chart of estimated college acceptance dates for 2019 and offer helpful tips on what to do as you wait for your college acceptance letters.

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AP Test Dates 2020: Complete Calendar

Posted by Halle Edwards | Jun 2, 2019 6:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)


Looking for the 2020 AP exam dates? We have the complete 2020 AP test dates as well as advice for getting through the busy May exam season. Keep reading to stay on top of your 2019-20 study schedule and to get tips for dealing with the stress of endless AP tests!

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