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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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4 Tips for Writing Amazing Notre Dame Essays

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Posted by Ashley Robinson | Sep 11, 2021 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, and its acceptance rate shows that. For the 2020/2021 school year, they admitted only 15% of applicants. Because most applicants 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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4 Tips for Writing Perfect USC Essays

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Posted by Ashley Robinson | Sep 9, 2021 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 12% 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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An Expert Guide to the AP Macroeconomics Exam

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Posted by Ashley Robinson | Aug 30, 2021 3:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

If you’re taking AP Macroeconomics, it’s important to start preparing for the exam as early as you can. Familiarizing yourself with what the AP exam will be like is a crucial stepping stone to achieving the score you want...and (hopefully!) earning college credit

This article provides a complete guide to the structure and scoring of the AP Macroeconomics exam as well as essential tips on how to study for AP Macroeconomics. 

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


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All 104 Need-Blind Colleges in the US: A Complete Guide

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Posted by Ashley Robinson | Aug 26, 2021 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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The Best AP Macroeconomics Practice Tests You Can Get

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Posted by Ashley Robinson | Aug 20, 2021 10:00:00 AM

Advanced Placement (AP)

If you’re starting the process of studying for your AP Macroeconomics exam and want to make sure you’re as prepared as possible, there’s nothing better than taking practice tests. Studying with AP Macroeconomics practice tests will familiarize you with the types of questions you’ll see on the exam, expose you to the exam format and length, and give you insight into what material you might be struggling with. 

But where can you find great AP Macro practice tests? We've compiled a list of the best AP Macroeconomics practice exams out there, and we’ll give you a few tips on how to use them to potentially boost your score. 

Ready? Let’s dive in! 


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The 10 Best Honors Colleges and Programs

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Posted by Ashley Robinson | Aug 9, 2021 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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The Complete AP Macroeconomics Study Guide

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Posted by Ashley Robinson | Aug 8, 2021 1:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

So you’ve been working hard in your AP Macroeconomics class, and it’s time to start studying for the exam. Even though this can seem like a daunting task, if you get an early start and follow a set plan, you’ll be on your way to getting the score you want!

Want to know how to study for AP Macroeconomics? In this complete AP Macroeconomics study guide, we’ll provide you with all the resources and strategies you need to create an awesome, effective study plan

Ready to hit the books? Then let’s get started. 


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Is AP Macroeconomics Hard?

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Posted by Ashley Robinson | Aug 4, 2021 3:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

Taking AP courses is a big commitment. It’s a good idea to learn everything you can about an AP course before signing up—including how challenging the class is. 

If you’re considering taking AP Macroeconomics, you’re in the right place. In this article, we’re going to answer the question, “Is AP Economics hard?” by covering the following info: 

  • The five factors that determine the difficulty of an AP class
  • What the statistics say about how hard AP Macroeconomics is
  • How real students answer the question, “Is AP Macroeconomics hard?”
  • Three tips for finding out if AP Macro will be hard for you

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


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SAT Test Dates 2021-2022

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Posted by Ashley Robinson | Jul 15, 2021 2:00:00 PM

SAT General Info

Taking the SAT is usually an important part of the college application process. As application deadlines near, forming a plan of action for taking the SAT is important to hitting your target score and getting your college applications in on time

In this article, we’ve put together a complete list of all of the anticipated 2021-2022 SAT test dates, including the deadlines for normal and late registration and SAT score releases, so you can pick the right test dates for you. We’ll also go over four important tips for choosing your SAT dates 2021-2022. 

Let’s begin!


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SAT Test Dates 2022-2023

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Posted by Ashley Robinson | Jul 7, 2021 8:00:00 AM

SAT General Info

Preparing to take the SAT is often a crucial part of the college admissions process. To ensure your college application plans go off without a hitch, it’s important to have a clear strategy for taking the SAT on time. In order to do that, it’s helpful to have the most up-to-date info about future SAT test dates 2022-2023. 

This article is here to help you plan out your SAT test dates. We’ll walk you through the following: 

  • A full list of 2022-2023 SAT test dates (table included)
  • Information about SAT registration deadlines and score release dates 
  • Four top tips for how to choose your SAT testing dates 

Let’s get started!


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September SAT 2020: Everything You Need to Know

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Posted by Ashley Robinson | Jul 3, 2021 9:00:00 AM

SAT Logistics

COVID-19 led to the cancellations of SAT dates in March, May, and June 2020. Unfortunately, this throws a wrench in many high school students' plans, especially if they're applying for college in the near future!

As affected students work to reschedule their tests, the College Board expects there to be a much higher demand for fall testing opportunities. That's why the College Board added a September SAT date in the fall 2020.

In this article, we'll tell you everything we know about the September 26, 2020 SAT date as of right now. Keep in mind that information about the exam is still being released, so be sure to check back for updates.


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Does NYU Require the SAT Essay?

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Posted by Ashley Robinson | Jul 1, 2021 12:00:00 PM

College Admissions, SAT Essay

New York University, or NYU, is a big school with more than 50,000 students and 18 schools and colleges. It’s also pretty tough to get intoonly 16% of students who applied to NYU in 2018 were accepted. 

If NYU is your dream school, don’t lose hope: you can get in as long as you start working toward your goal as soon as possible. Along with focusing on your extracurriculars and grade point average, you’ll want to make sure you’re acing your standardized tests, too! Does NYU require the SAT essay?

But NYU’s testing policy can be a little confusing. In this article, we’ll give you an overview of NYU’s standardized test requirements. Specifically, we’ll take a closer look at whether NYU requires you to submit the SAT essay.

Let’s get started!


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What Colors Make Turquoise? How to Create the Perfect Turquoise Color

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Posted by Ashley Robinson | Jun 22, 2021 1:00:00 PM

General Education

Turquoise: it’s a color you see brightening up nature, fashion, and interior decorating. But where do you start if you want to create your own turquoise color? What colors make turquoise?

With a basic understanding of color theory, you can produce a turquoise color for paintings and projects of your own! This article will answer your questions about how to make turquoise and teach you how to make turquoise colors yourself. We’ll give you:

  • A brief guide to how to make turquoise
  • A scientific answer to the question, “What is turquoise?”
  • The cultural meanings and significance of turquoise
  • An explanation of three ways to make turquoise
  • Three tips for getting the right shade of turquoise

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


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Your Complete Guide to the Leo Moon Sign

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Posted by Ashley Robinson | Jun 8, 2021 2:00:00 PM

General Education

If you’re at all interested in the Zodiac, you’re probably familiar with your sun sign: the sign of the Zodiac that determines your personality. This is typically the sign that correlates with your birthdate. But did you know that there’s much more to your personality than that? 

Enter your moon sign, the sign of the Zodiac that explains your emotional side. If you already know that you’re a Leo moon sign, you’re in the right place. In this article, we’ll explain the following about the Leo moon sign: 

  • What moon signs are and how to find out if you’re a Leo moon sign
  • Top five traits of a Leo moon sign
  • Sun pairings with the Leo moon sign

Are you ready to learn about the moon in Leo? Then let’s get started!


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Virgo Moon Sign: What Does It Mean?

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Posted by Ashley Robinson | Jun 3, 2021 4:00:00 PM

General Education

If you’ve learned that your moon sign is in Virgo, then you’re probably wondering what that might mean for your personality. People born under the Virgo moon are known to be service-oriented and refined--and understanding how the Virgo moon sign affects your life can help you determine how to make the most of these gifts!  

We’ll teach you everything you need to know about having your moon in Virgo, including: 

  • What moon signs are, and how they work with sun signs
  • The 6 most important traits of the Virgo moon sign
  • Each of the 12 sun signs paired with the Virgo moon sign

So, read on for key Virgo moon personality traits, and how your sun sign works together with your Virgo moon!


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