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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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The 7 Best Online Learning Platforms

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Dec 14, 2020 3:00:00 PM

General Education

Digital learning platforms (also called eLearning platforms or Learning Management Systems) have changed education because they’ve made classroom-style learning possible no matter where you are! 

With the popularity of distance learning on the rise, there are now dozens of online learning platforms to choose from. But which is the best online learning platform? And how can you pick the right learning platform for your classroom needs? 

In this article, we’ll give you a critical overview of seven of the best eLearning platforms to help you get a sense of the different features that online learning systems have to offer. We’ll also explain four steps that you can follow to choose online education platforms that are a great fit for your schools, teachers, students, and parents. 

Let’s get started. 

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Get the Most Out of ACT Academy Free Test Prep With These 5 Tips

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Dec 11, 2020 12:00:00 PM

ACT Strategies

If you’re looking for ACT prep that provides questions that are just like the real exam, look no further than ACT Academy, a (free!) test prep resource created by the makers of the ACT.

If you’ve heard of ACT Academy but aren’t exactly sure how to use it or who it’s a good fit for, this overview of ACT Academy test prep is for you. In this article, we’ll cover all of the following info about ACT Academy:

  • How to use ACT Academy test prep
  • Four things that ACT Academy is good for in terms of test prep
  • Four things that ACT Academy isn’t good for in terms of test prep
  • Five tips for getting the most out of ACT Academy test prep.

Let’s begin!


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Everything You Need to Know About the CLT Test

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Dec 8, 2020 7:00:00 PM

College Admissions, General Education

Did you know that there are alternative exams to the SAT and ACT? The Classical Learning Test, or CLT exam, is an alternative college entrance exam accepted by some schools. If you’re interested in taking a college entrance exam that bills itself as affordable, convenient, and innovative, the CLT exam might be worth your time. 

Because this alternative exam option may not be as familiar to you as the SAT/ACT, this article will help you understand the CLT test and what it covers. We’ll talk about:

What the Classical Learning Test (CLT) is

  • Why someone should take the CLT
  • When the CLT test dates are
  • How the CLT compares to the SAT and ACT
  • What you should know about the CLT format

We’ll wrap everything up with four expert tips for taking the CLT exam. Let’s get started!

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University of California Drops SAT/ACT Scores: What It Means for You

Yep, you read that correctly: in May 2020, the University of California Board of Regents voted unanimously to stop requiring the ACT and SAT as part of admissions applications. In other words, if you're applying to a UC school, you won't have to submit your ACT or SAT scores.

Before you get super excited, there are some caveats you should know about. That's why we're breaking down the changes — and answer your FAQs! — below.


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The 9 Best Honors Colleges and Programs

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Nov 5, 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:

  • 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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What Is STEM? What Does It Stand For?

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Oct 29, 2020 4:00:00 PM

General Education

If you live in the U.S., you’ve probably heard about how important “STEM” education is. But what is STEM, exactly? And why is it so important? 

In this article, we’ll explain everything you need to know about STEM education, including:

  • Explain what STEM stands for
  • Overview the disciplines that STEM includes
  • Answer the question, “What does STEM stand for in school?”
  • Explain the importance of STEM
  • Provide a five question quiz to help you decide if pursuing STEM is right for you

Ready? Let’s dive in! 


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5 Ways COVID-19 Will Affect Fall 2020 College Applications

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Oct 18, 2020 5:00:00 PM

College Admissions

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, some colleges and universities are changing the application process for the upcoming Fall 2020 application cycle. These changes are meant to help applicants and may include application deadlines, required application materials, and financial aid applications and awards.

If you're planning to apply to college this fall, it's important you know about these changes and how they might affect you. In this article, we'll help you navigate changes to the Fall 2020 college application process due to the COVID-19 epidemic by describing four ways that these changes may affect college applicants. We'll also provide four tips for how to proceed if your college application is affected by COVID-19.

Take a deep breath: we're here to help you navigate the changes to the admissions process. Now, let's take a look at the Fall 2020 admissions process.

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ISEE Test Dates 2020-21: Your Guide to Choosing

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Oct 10, 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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The 6 Best Colleges for Undecided Majors

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Sep 14, 2020 10:00:00 AM

College Info

While there’s nothing wrong with being undeclared, it does mean you have to ask yourself slightly different questions when you’re choosing a university. For instance, which schools are the best for an undecided student? What makes a good college for undecided majors? And should I go to a college with a lot of majors, or apply more broadly to different types of schools?

In this article, we’ll give you the lowdown on the best colleges for undecided majors. We’ll cover: 

  • What it means to be undecided
  • What characterizes good schools for undecided majors
  • The six colleges that are excellent options for students who start college undecided

The only thing you don’t have to be undecided about is reading this article! (You know you love a Dad joke.) So let’s get started.


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4 Tips for Writing Amazing Notre Dame Essays

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Sep 12, 2020 12:00:00 PM

College Essays

The University of Notre Dame is one of the most prestigious universities in the United States. It attracts the best and brightest students from around the country—in fact, 38% of the student body ranked in the top 1% of their high school graduating classes! Because most applicant have amazing grades and transcripts, your Notre Dame application essays will be one of the most important ways for you to stand out from the crowd!

This guide will walk you through everything you need to know about writing Notre Dame's application essays. First, we'll give you an overview of the Notre Dame supplement. Then we'll walk you through each essay individually and answer the following questions:

  • What is the essay asking you to do?
  • What makes for a good answer?
  • What are some potential essay topics?
  • Are there pitfalls you should avoid?

And finally, we'll give you four top tips for taking your Notre Dame essays to the next level. So let's get started!

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Is It Bad to Apply to College as an Undeclared Major?

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Sep 11, 2020 5:00:00 PM

College Admissions

One of the biggest—and most difficult—decisions college applicants must make is what they want to major in. As a result, many students struggle to pick a major when they’re filling out their college applications. That’s why many schools give you the option to select “undecided” or “undeclared” on your app. 

But will being undecided affect your ability to get into your dream school? If you’re wondering, “Is it bad to put undecided on a college application,” then this article is for you. We’ll explain the following:

  • What an undeclared major is
  • What putting “undeclared” on a college application means
  • The implications of applying undeclared at different schools
  • How selecting “undeclared” can affect your college application
  • Whether you should put undeclared on your application

So let’s get started!


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4 Tips for Writing Perfect USC Essays

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Sep 10, 2020 12:00:00 PM

College Essays

So you have your heart set on going to the University of Southern California. That's great—it's one of the best schools in the country! Unfortunately, that makes it tough to get into: only 13% of applicants are admitted each year.

But don't worry. This guide will teach you everything you need to know to write an outstanding USC Writing Supplement.

We'll answer all of your questions, including the following:

  • What is the USC supplement?
  • What are the questions, and how do I answer them?
  • Are there tips and tricks for knocking your USC essays out of the park?
  • What steps do I take to finish my USC application?

Let's get started!

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All 107 Need-Blind Colleges in the US: A Complete Guide

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Sep 3, 2020 12:00:00 PM

Financial Aid, College Info

When universities go through admissions applications, they take many factors into consideration, like your grades, your extracurriculars, and even your personality!

But many college applicants don't realize that some universities also consider you—and your family's—ability to pay tuition as well. The hard truth is that some universities use an applicant's ability to pay tuition without financial aid as a factor in the admissions process. Many universities consider how students can contribute to their institution financially when they make admissions decisions.

This sounds like scary news. But don't worry! Many schools are addressing the issue by transitioning to need-blind admissions policies, which remove economic status as an admissions criteria.

In this guide, we'll give you a complete list of need-blind colleges in the United States and answer all of your burning questions, including:

  • What is need-blind admission?
  • How do need-blind policies affect tuition costs?
  • What should you look for in a need-blind school?

So let's get started!

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5 Tips for Writing the Michigan State Admissions Essay

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Aug 14, 2020 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, 93% of undergraduates land jobs or go onto graduate school after graduation! Additionally, more than 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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Barron's ACT: Expert Prep Book Review

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Aug 14, 2020 9:00:00 AM

ACT Strategies

Barron's ACT is one of many books available in Barron's lineup of test prep resources. Since there are so many to choose from, you want to make sure you choose the specific Barron's test prep guide that will mesh with your test prep needs.

In this article, we'll give you a full review of Barron's ACT to help you understand what unique features this Barron's ACT book offers. Our review will cover the following: 

  • What Barron's ACT is
  • What content is provided in this Barron's ACT book, chapter by chapter 
  • Six pros and cons of the book
  • How to decide if using this Barron's ACT book would be a good fit for you.

Now, let's dive in!


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