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Francesca Fulciniti

Francesca graduated magna cum laude from Harvard and scored in the 99th percentile on the SATs. She's worked with many students on SAT prep and college counseling, and loves helping students capitalize on their strengths.

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What Is the PARCC Test? Do You Have to Take It?

PARCC exams are relatively new and not particularly widespread, which means that finding reliable information on what they are and what they mean can be tough. In this guide, I’ll go over everything you need to know about these exams, including where they’re administered, what they test, and how to prepare.

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PARCC Practice Tests: Where to Find and How to Use Them

If you (or your child) are worried about preparing for an upcoming PARCC exam, official practice tests are the best way to study.

Here, we’ll direct you to these PARCC practice materials. We’ll also explain how to use these tests (and other resources at your disposal) if you want to do well on an upcoming PARCC exam.

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Updated List: Colleges With the Highest SAT Scores

Posted by Francesca Fulciniti | Nov 3, 2018 12:00:00 PM

College Info

If you’ve already taken the SAT, you know it will likely be an important component of your college applications. Maybe you've set a goal score for yourself based on the types of colleges you’re interested in. Even if you haven’t taken the SAT yet or are still considering whether to take it, you probably want to know more about what the most competitive colleges and universities expect when it comes to applicants’ standardized test scores.

I’ve compiled a list of colleges with the highest average SAT scores for admitted students. You’ll be able to compare your own SAT scores (or goal scores) with those of top colleges and universities. I’ll also talk about what these rankings actually mean so that you can interpret this information effectively. For example, are these schools the best schools you can attend? Are they the most competitive? What do you do if your SAT scores are below the listed averages? 

Read on for a list of the top schools ranked by SAT score, and answers to the above questions!

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Can You Fail the SAT?

The SAT is a pretty high-stakes test - it’s an important part of your college applications, which could mean trouble if you get a low score. But can you fail the SAT altogether?

The good news is that officially, it’s impossible to fail the SAT - but that doesn’t mean that a low score doesn't mean bad news. Here, I’ll review everything you need to know about why you can’t really fail the SAT, but why poor marks may as well count as failing.

Worried about your score? At the end, I’ll go over the steps you should take to pull them up.  

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The 46 Colleges With the Highest ACT Scores, Ranked

Posted by Francesca Fulciniti | Oct 3, 2018 4:00:00 PM

College Info

Did you know that the ACT is accepted by all four-year colleges? And that more students now end up taking the ACT than the SATWith the test growing more popular each year, it’s helpful to get a handle on what schools are toughest when it comes to applicants’ ACT scores

For this article, I've compiled a list of colleges with the highest average ACT scores for admitted students. With this data, you can compare your own ACT scores (or goal scores) with those earned by admitted applicants at top colleges. We'll also talk about what these rankings actually mean: are these schools the best you can attend? Are they the most competitive? What if your ACT scores are below the listed averages?

Read on to find out the answers to these questions (and more)!

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ACT Full Fees & Registration: What's the Total Cost of the ACT?

Posted by Francesca Fulciniti | Sep 1, 2018 12:00:00 PM

ACT Logistics

Just like many parts of the college application process, taking the ACT (and even using your ACT scores) means an assortment of fees. Here, I'll break down every possible ACT registration cost and score fee.

The good news is that a lot of these fees are unnecessary and avoidable. Read to the end for tips and strategies on saving as much as possible on the ACT. 

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How to Win a Coca Cola Scholarship

Posted by Francesca Fulciniti | Aug 24, 2018 7:00:00 PM

Financial Aid

If you're looking into scholarship programs to help pay for your college education, the famous Coca-Cola scholarships are a good place to start. Why are they famous? Well, the Coca-Cola foundation offers some of the most generous awards out there to graduating high school seniors. They tend to be very competitive, so if you want a shot at the scholarship, you should learn as much about them as you possibly can. 

In this post, I'll talk about some of the logistical concerns you might have about the scholarship— things like deadlines and eligibility requirements. But more importantly, I'll also offer helpful tips and strategies to give your application the boost it needs. Read on to optimize your chances of winning one of these competitive scholarships!

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Complete Guide to the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship

Posted by Francesca Fulciniti | Aug 16, 2018 1:00:00 PM

Financial Aid

The Bright Futures scholarship programs are great resources for Florida students who plan on staying in-state for college. As with any scholarship program, though, there's a lot of information to process about the awards. Just sifting through all the eligibility requirements and award limitations can be overwhelming, never mind figuring out how to actually submit an application. 

In this guide, I've compiled all the information you need about the Bright Futures scholarships. I'll talk about the different award programs, their eligibility requirements, the application process, and strategies to help you win your own. 

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How to Get a Merit Scholarship: 6-Step Guide

Posted by Francesca Fulciniti | Jul 26, 2018 6:53:00 PM

Financial Aid

If you’re looking for a way to fund your college education, you should definitely check out merit scholarships. They’re especially great options for high-achieving students who may not qualify for much need-based financial aid. The best part of getting a merit scholarship is, of course, that you’re essentially getting free money for school. But how to get a merit scholarship can still be confusing and overwhelming.

In this post, I’ll explain what defines a merit scholarship before going into both where you can find them and how you can get them. At the end, you’ll find a list of some of the top merit awards available - this way, you can get a head start on getting that cash.

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How to Get a Full Ride Scholarship: 5 Key Tips

Posted by Francesca Fulciniti | Jun 9, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Financial Aid

College is a huge investment - you spend a lot of time, energy, and money to earn a degree. Graduating from school means making financial sacrifices, but it also means reaping significant educational and professional rewards.

But what if the whole money problem wasn’t an issue? What if you could go to school without worrying about tuition expenses or accruing interest? With a full ride scholarship, all your college costs are taken care of. Instead of thinking about paying your bills, you could focus on the important things: studying for that big exam or getting your term paper in on time. Here, I’ll lay out everything you need to know about how to get a full ride scholarship: what exactly it is, who can get one, and where you can find them.

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The 29 Colleges With the Best Financial Aid

Posted by Francesca Fulciniti | Jun 7, 2018 7:00:00 PM

Financial Aid

College in the US is expensive—too expensive, in fact, for the average student to afford on their own. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, about 86% of first-year students at 4-year colleges were receiving some financial aid as of a couple of years ago. Financial aid is good in all its forms, right? If it helps college students afford their educations, what could be the problem?

Unfortunately, not all financial aid is created equal, and not all schools can afford to give out “good” student aid. Here, I’ll briefly talk about the types of financial aid available (the “good” kinds and the “bad” kinds) before laying out the colleges with the best financial aid programs in the country.

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Easy Scholarships to Win: How to Find and Apply

Posted by Francesca Fulciniti | Jun 6, 2018 8:30:00 AM

Financial Aid

Applying for scholarships can be stressful and time-consuming, especially if you’re looking at really competitive awards. Wouldn’t it be nice to apply for scholarships that you knew you had a really good shot at winning?

If you want to get your hands on some easy scholarship money, you’re in the right place. First, I’ll talk a little bit about what it means to be an easy-to-win scholarship. Then, I’ll get to the good stuff by directing you to the places you should look for these awards - you might be surprised at where you can find them - and how to put together a successful application.

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SAT Fees and Registration: What's the Total Cost of the SAT?

Posted by Francesca Fulciniti | Jun 2, 2018 10:00:00 PM

SAT Logistics

Just like many parts of the college application process, taking the SAT (and even using your SAT scores) comes with an assortment of fees. Here, I'll break down every possible SAT registration cost and score fee. Then, I'll go over strategies for saving as much money as possible on the SAT. 

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The 18 Best Colleges for Students With Learning Disabilities

Posted by Francesca Fulciniti | May 2, 2018 11:00:00 AM

College Info

Figuring out which colleges you’re interested in is arguably the most difficult part of the college application process. There’s so much information to sift through—how could brief campus visits and informational brochures really tell you where you’ll be most successful?

This process is even harder for students with learning disabilities. You want to make sure there are programs in place to help you be the best you can be no matter where you go to school.

If you want to apply to colleges for students with learning disabilities, this article is a great place to start your college search. I'll start off by talking about what these specialty programs have to offer before getting to the rankings. Afterward, I'll discuss the next steps to take if you decide a learning disability program is right for you.

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What's the Highest New SAT Score Possible?

Posted by Francesca Fulciniti | Apr 1, 2018 4:00:00 PM

SAT Logistics, New SAT

Understanding how the SAT scoring system works is an important part of preparing for the test. After all, how else are you supposed to measure your progress and set goals?

The SAT underwent some big format changes in 2016, which means that the scoring system most people were familiar with was radically overhauled. Here, I’ll cover how the scoring system has changed on the SAT, how this has affected the highest possible SAT score, and what this means for test takers.

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