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Ashley Robinson

Ashley Sufflé Robinson has a Ph.D. in 19th Century English Literature. As a content writer for PrepScholar, Ashley is passionate about giving college-bound students the in-depth information they need to get into the school of their dreams.

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ISEE Test Dates 2020: Your Guide to Choosing

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Mar 31, 2020 11:00:00 AM

Other High School, Early Achievers (7th/8th Grade)

The ISEE, or Independent School Entrance Examination, is a test that many students have to take to gain admission into private middle and high schools in the United States. That means that if you want to attend a private school—or if you want your child to attend a private school—there's a good chance you'll have to register for the ISEE as part of your admissions application.

In this article, we're going to explain everything you need to know about ISEE registration, including:

  • Which test level to register for
  • How to choose ISEE test dates
  • A step-by-step guide to ISEE test registration
  • A quick look at what to expect from the ISEE exam

Keep in mind that ISEE test registration—which includes choosing ISEE test dates, locations, and paying for the exam—must be done by a legal adult.

Now, without further ado, let's talk about the ISEE exam!


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

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Mar 21, 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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COVID-19 ACT Test Cancellations and What to Do Next

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Mar 17, 2020 6:00:00 PM

ACT Logistics

As a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic, the ACT has decided to cancel the April 4, 2020 ACT test date and reschedule it for June 13, 2020. This cancellation applies to all U.S. test takers

If you're impacted by this ACT test date cancellation, you're probably wondering what's next. Our experts are answering all of your frequently asked questions below. 

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How Do Online Classes Work? Are They Right for You?

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Feb 21, 2020 12:00:00 PM

College Info

Online classes can provide a convenient and cost-efficient alternative to traditional, face-to-face classes for people who want to further their education. But how do online classes work, exactly? 

Most people are aware that online classes are probably different from in-person courses, but many aren’t sure what the process of taking an online course is like. To help you develop a working knowledge of how online classes work and what to expect from online courses before you decide to enroll, we’re going to cover the following: 

  • Explain what online classes are and where you can take them
  • Answer the question, “How do online college classes work?” by explaining how to enroll and attend online classes
  • Discuss what a typical class session is like in an online class as well as go over how online assignments work
  • Provide a 5 question quiz to help you determine if online classes are a good fit for you
  • Give you 5 tips for succeeding in online classes

So, how do online classes work, and how do you do online classes? Let’s find out!


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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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Should You Do the Columbia University Science Honors Program?

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Feb 5, 2020 3:00:00 PM

Other High School

If you’re a high school student who lives near Columbia University and wants to participate in an extracurricular honors program, you can’t do much better than the Columbia University Science Honors Program (Columbia SHP). 

This honors program experience can give students a big leg-up on college and scholarship applications...but unfortunately, it’s really hard to get accepted to the Columbia SHP. 

But don’t worry: we’re here to help. In this article, we’ll walk you through the Columbia SHP application process, including:

  • Introducing you to the Columbia University Science Honors Program
  • Explaining what the honors program is like
  • Describing the application process for the program
  • Providing information about the honors program’s entrance examination
  • Giving you three tips for succeeding on the entrance exam
Now, let’s get started!

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What Is an Honors College? Should You Enroll in One?

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Jan 29, 2020 12:00:00 PM

College Info

If you have great grades and high test scores, some of your prospective universities may invite you to enroll in their honors college. Generally speaking, honors colleges and honors programs at U.S. universities offer top-tier students rigorous academic programs, special scholarships, and better job prospects. 

But of course, there’s more to an honors college or program than that! We’re going to introduce you to honors colleges and honors programs so you can decide whether enrolling in one is right for you. This article will: 

  • Answer the question, “What is an honors college?”
  • Discuss what types of students might be a good fit for an honors college
  • Explain the difference between an honors college vs honors program
  • Take an in-depth look at real honors programs at two U.S. universities 
  • List five pros and cons for enrolling in an honors college

Are you ready? Let’s get started!

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How to Do Homework: 15 Expert Tips and Tricks

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Jan 17, 2020 12:00:00 PM



Everyone struggles with homework sometimes, but if getting your homework done has become a chronic issue for you, then you may need a little extra help. That’s why we’ve written this article all about how to do homework. Once you’re finished reading it, you’ll know how to do homework (and have tons of new ways to motivate yourself to do homework)! 

We’ve broken this article down into a few major sections. You’ll find: 

  • A diagnostic test to help you figure out why you’re struggling with homework
  • A discussion of the four major homework problems students face, along with expert tips for addressing them 
  • A bonus section with tips for how to do homework fast

By the end of this article, you’ll be prepared to tackle whatever homework assignments your teachers throw at you

So let’s get started! 


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What Is a Hypothesis and How Do I Write One?

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Jan 8, 2020 3:00:00 PM

General Education

Think about something strange and unexplainable in your life. Maybe you get a headache right before it rains, or maybe you think your favorite sports team wins when you wear a certain color. If you wanted to see whether these are just coincidences or scientific fact, you would form a hypothesis, then create an experiment to see whether that hypothesis is true or not. 

But what is a hypothesis, anyway? If you’re not sure about what a hypothesis is--or how to test for one!--you’re in the right place. This article will teach you everything you need to know about hypotheses, including: 

  • Defining the term “hypothesis” 
  • Providing hypothesis examples 
  • Giving you tips for how to write your own hypothesis 

So let’s get started! 


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200+ Other Words For Said: Synonyms to Spice up Your Writing

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Jan 7, 2020 8:00:00 AM

General Education

One of the words that comes up most commonly in various types of writing, from fiction to academic writing, is the word “said.” Any time a writer is referencing the words or thoughts expressed by another person, whether that be thoughts expressed verbally or in writing, an appropriate way to introduce--or attribute--that person’s thoughts is with the phrase “said.” 

But if you’re incorporating a lot of quotations in your writing, you might find yourself repeating  the word “said” a lot. Repeating the same phrase in a piece of writing can start to feel monotonous, which is why incorporating synonyms or an oft-used word or phrase can make your writing more interesting and accurate. But here’s some good news: there are tons of other words for “said” out there for you to use! 

To help you build a repertoire of words to replace “said,” we’re going to do the following in this article: 

  • Explain the importance of using word variety and avoiding repetition of the same word in your writing
  • Explain when to use “said” and when not to use “said” 
  • Provide a comprehensive list of alternative words for “said,” organized into categories based on emotion and intention

Ready to check out some synonyms for “said”? Then let’s get going!

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How Much Do ACT Prep Classes Cost? An Expert Comparison

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Jan 6, 2020 11:00:00 AM

ACT General Info

It’s important for you to do well on the ACT, but doing well can involve additional ACT prep costs. But the truth is that additional ACT test prep—whether it’s in the form of study guidebooks, ACT prep courses, or one-on-one ACT tutoring—can raise your score quite a bit. If you’re trying to get into a competitive school, having a high ACT score is a critical part of your application. 

Answering the question “how much does ACT prep cost” can be pretty tricky...but we’re here to help. In this article, we’re going to answer that question and give you an ACT prep cost comparison. Then we’ll walk you through the different types of prep and how much ACT prep classes cost, explain the positives and negatives of each, then give you some tips for choosing the right type of ACT prep for you. 

So let’s jump in!

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The 5 Fundamental Sagittarius Traits You Need to Know

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Jan 3, 2020 1:00:00 PM

General Education

Sagittarians, our winter-born, free spirit friends! They're lucky, honest, and ever-so-slightly reckless. What's not to love?

If you're reading this right now, you're either a Sagittarius yourself or you're researching the traits of someone specific, like a friend, partner, or co-worker. Or maybe you're just curious? Whatever the reason you're reading up on Sagittarius characteristics, we're here to better help you understand this zodiac sign better.

In this article, we're going to break down everything you need to know about the traits of the Sagittarius sign, including:

  • Answering the question, "What is a Sagittarius?"
  • Giving you 5 key Sagittarius traits
  • Discussing how Sagittariuses work in relationships
  • Providing tips for how to get along with Sagittariuses, no matter your sign

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

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A Complete Guide to the PCAT: Scores, Practice, and More

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Jan 3, 2020 10:00:00 AM

General Education

MCAT, GRE, GMAT...there seem to be a million different tests to get into graduate school, and the PCAT is one of them. Students who want to go to pharmacy school are often required to take the PCAT exam as part of their admissions packet. 

But what is the PCAT, exactly? What’s the format of the exam? And what kind of PCAT scores do you need to get into pharmacy school? 

Well, fear not! We’ve put together an expert introduction to the PCAT exam. In this article, we’ll cover:

  • The unique features of the PCAT
  • An overview of PCAT registration
  • What to expect when taking the test
  • The typical PCAT scores required for pharmacy programs

Having a good understanding of the PCAT can save you a lot of trouble later, so read on!


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The 8 Key Leo Traits: Your Guide to the August Zodiac Sign

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Jan 2, 2020 11:00:00 AM

General Education

What do Demi Lovato, Barack Obama, and J.K. Rowling all have in common? They're all Leos, according to astrological zodiac signs! These people also exhibit some of the Leo zodiac sign's strongest traits, including being gifted, persevering leaders.

But there's more to being a Leo than having leadership qualities! In our crash course on understanding and relating to the people in your life (or yourself!) who fall under the Leo sign, we'll cover the following:

  • Explain what a Leo is
  • Define eight key Leo traits, including the sign's strengths and weaknesses
  • Describe Leo characteristics in romantic, platonic, and professional relationships
  • Give you advice for being the best Leo you can be
  • Give others tips for relating to the Leos in their lives

Now, let's get to know this August zodiac sign!


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How Much Do SAT Prep Courses Cost?

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Dec 31, 2019 2:00:00 PM

SAT General Info

If you’re going to do well on the SAT, you’ll probably need to invest in some additional study materials beyond what you’re given in school. (And some schools may not provide SAT study resources at all!) 

SAT test prep costs can include buying study materials and practice tests, one-on-one tutoring, and taking SAT study courses. It’s a good idea to start asking “how much does SAT prep cost” now so that you can budget for the SAT test prep service that’s right for you. After all, taking the SAT is a long and fairly involved process that you don’t want to take lightly!

But how much do SAT prep courses cost, exactly? In this article, we’re going to break down SAT prep cost and SAT coaching fees for self guided study, online programs, and one-on-one tutoring. That way you and your family can make sure your testing strategy fits within your budget. 

So let’s get started. 


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