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Every AP US History Practice Exam Available: Free and Official

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Feb 16, 2020 5:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

If you want to do well on the AP US History exam, you have to practice! Practice tests can help you organize your prep logically around areas of the curriculum that are most challenging for you. This article provides a complete list of all official and unofficial AP US History practice test materials available online, as well as detailed instructions and tips on how to use them in your studying.

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These 2 Recommendation Letters Got Me Into Harvard and the Ivy League

Posted by Allen Cheng | Feb 15, 2020 5:56:00 PM

College Admissions, Letters of Recommendation

When I applied to college, I was accepted into every school I applied to, including Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, MIT, the Ivy League, UC Berkeley, UCLA, and more. While I had a strong overall application, the two teacher letters of recommendation were critical in getting me admitted.

Why? Both teachers said I was one of the top students they had ever taught. Both enthusiastically advocated for my personality, leadership skills, and energy.

How can you earn recommendation letters that will get you into your top choice colleges? I'll show you how in this article.

For the first time, I'm sharing my full, unedited letters of recommendation as examples for you. These are the exact letters submitted when I applied to college. Even better, you'll see exactly what my Harvard admissions officer underlined—what really stood out as important and noteworthy.

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The Complete List of the 25 CUNY Colleges

Posted by Laura Staffaroni | Feb 14, 2020 2:00:00 PM

College Info

The City University of New York system is the lesser-known member of New York State's public university system. Unlike New York's SUNY colleges and universities, however, all the CUNY schools are located in NYC.

In this article, we'll go over a list of CUNY schools in NYC and CUNY locations along with what to consider when choosing which CUNYs to apply to.

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How to Do Well in an AP Class: Your Complete Guide

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Feb 14, 2020 12:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

If you’re reading this it’s because you’re considering taking Advanced Placement (AP) high school classes or you’re already enrolled in AP classes. That’s great! AP courses are a great way to prepare for college, raise your GPA, and even earn college credit. 

But in order for you to get the full benefit out of your AP classes, you’ll need to make sure you know how to prepare for AP classes. That can be tricky: AP classes are designed to be harder, so you’ll need to be proactive about learning class material if you want to earn As. 

We’re here to help. This article will help you develop the skills and tools you need to excel in every AP class you take. We’ll discuss: 

  • What an AP class is, and why they’re beneficial
  • A quiz to help you identify your biggest pain points when it comes to succeeding in AP classes
  • Specialized study tips customized to show you how to do well in an AP class
  • A hypothetical weekly schedule designed to show you how to manage AP classes

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

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CUNY vs SUNY: What's the Difference?

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Feb 13, 2020 7:00:00 AM

College Info

Thinking about attending a SUNY or CUNY school but aren’t sure where to start or even what the differences between the two are? We’re here to help! Read this guide to get an overview of both CUNY and SUNY schools, see how they compare across different areas such as academics, cost, and student life, and learn the four steps to follow to decide which school is best for you.

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Is AP World History Hard? Expert Discussion

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Feb 12, 2020 9:52:00 AM

Advanced Placement (AP)

AP World History seems like it would be a pretty hard class. There's so much to cover—I mean, it's nearly 1,000 years of global human history! But how much do you really need to know? And how do people usually do on the AP test? In this article, I will examine five different factors to make a conclusion about the difficulty level of AP World History.

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Free ACT Practice Tests: Massive Collection of Online Sources

Posted by Francesca Fulciniti | Feb 9, 2020 10:00:00 PM

ACT General Info

When you're trying to prepare for the ACT, the last thing you want to worry about is finding ACT practice tests. To help make the process a little less stressful for you, we've compiled this huge list of sources for free ACT practice tests and questions.

Not all practice tests are created equal, though. For each test source, I'll talk about how you can use the practice material to best prepare for the ACT.

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The Ultimate AP US History Study Guide

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Feb 8, 2020 4:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

Studying for the AP US History course is an exercise in memorization and critical thinking. Multiple-choice questions ask you to read and analyze documents based on your historical knowledge, while essay questions require similar skills but with the added challenge of synthesizing your ideas into a coherent argument that incorporates both outside knowledge and evidence given to you.

In this comprehensive AP US History study guide, I will give you all the resources and strategies you need to prepare for the AP exam and any other test that comes your way in this course!

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Free Older Official ACT Practice Tests

Posted by Dr. Anna Wulick | Feb 8, 2020 12:30:00 PM

ACT General Info

There's one thing that every student studying for the ACT definitely needs: practice tests that are almost identical to what you will face on test day. No matter how you study, we've found that most students really benefit from taking a full ACT practice test several times in as close to official test-taking conditions as possible. This is the best way to get comfortable with the pace, timing, and format of the exam, and to work on both your endurance and stress-management techniques.

So how do you get your hands on enough ACT tests to put yourself in the hot seat for practice? In this article, we'll link to all the official tests and question sets released by ACT, Inc. and give you suggestions on where to find others so that you have more than enough practice materials to get ready for this important college admissions test.

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AP Psychology Practice Tests: Complete Collection

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Feb 8, 2020 10:28:00 AM

Advanced Placement (AP)

Practice tests are some of the best review tools for AP Psychology. They'll give you insight into your areas of weakness and prepare you for the structure and content of the real test. In this article, I'll list all the official and unofficial practice tests available online and provide advice on how to use them to get a great score on the AP test.

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Is AP US History Hard? Expert Discussion

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Feb 7, 2020 10:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

AP classes are typically more challenging than regular high school classes, but did you know that some APs are harder than others? Based on testing statistics and an examination of the curriculum, we can come up with accurate assessments of the true difficulty level of each AP class.

In this article, I'll analyze AP US History exam scores, student testimonials, and course content to give you a clear picture of how hard this popular AP class really is!

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The 9 Best Honors Colleges and Programs

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Feb 7, 2020 12:00:00 PM

College Admissions, College Info

For students who are really set on enrolling in a quality honors program, it’s important to learn about some of the best honors colleges before making that big decision. That’s especially true because your honors program will dictate how difficult your classes are...and the perks you get from doing well in them! 

We’re here to help you get all the information you need about the top honors programs in the country so you can pick the program that’s right for you. In this article, we’ll do the following:

  • Explain what an honors college is
  • Provide our research-based ranking of the nine top honors colleges and programs at U.S. colleges and universities
  • Give you five tips for applying to top college honors programs

Ready? Let’s dive in!


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Complete List of Extracurricular Activities: 100s of Examples

How do you like to spend your time after school? Did you know that how you choose to spend this time could be one of the most important ways you shape your future?

Extracurricular activities are a critical component of your college application, and you need to impress colleges with your interests. But you might not know what good extracurricular activities look like or what you should be spending your time on.

We've got you covered here in our guide of hundreds of examples of extracurricular activities. Read on to get some inspiration for how to spend your valuable free time during high school!

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What Is CUNY? What Does CUNY Stand For?

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Feb 6, 2020 6:00:00 PM

College Info

Those applying to collegeespecially those in New York Cityhave most definitely heard of CUNY, a famous university system in New York. But what does CUNY stand for? Even more importantly, what is CUNY in terms of the schools it comprises, the academics it offers, and the opportunities it provides students?

We look at all of these questions in detail below, beginning with an overview of the CUNY meaning. We also go over the pros and cons of attending a CUNY school and give you helpful tips for picking the best CUNY school for you.

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The Best AP Psychology Study Guide

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Feb 6, 2020 5:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

AP courses cover a lot of complex information, and it's not always easy to find great study materials and strategies. I've written this AP Psychology study guide as a way to make the process of studying for the AP test and other in-class assessments a little less overwhelming. It will help you figure out how to structure your studying, give you strategies to better understand the material, and provide links to notes and practice resources. If you follow the advice in this guide, you'll be on your way to a high AP Psych score!

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