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Halle Edwards

Halle Edwards graduated from Stanford University with honors. In high school, she earned 99th percentile ACT scores as well as 99th percentile scores on SAT subject tests. She also took nine AP classes, earning a perfect score of 5 on seven AP tests. As a graduate of a large public high school who tackled the college admission process largely on her own, she is passionate about helping high school students from different backgrounds get the knowledge they need to be successful in the college admissions process.

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AP Test Dates 2020: Complete Calendar

Posted by Halle Edwards | Apr 12, 2020 6:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

 

Looking for the 2020 AP exam dates? We have the complete 2020 AP test dates as well as advice for getting through the busy May exam season. Keep reading to stay on top of your 2019-20 study schedule and to get tips for dealing with the stress of endless AP tests!

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What Is the PSAT 10? Complete Guide

Posted by Halle Edwards | Apr 5, 2020 4:00:00 PM

PSAT Info and Strategies

Most high school students have heard of the PSAT NMSQT—aka the practice SAT that doubles as a qualifying exam for the National Merit competition. Fewer have heard of the PSAT 10, which is a version of the PSAT designed specifically for sophomores.

What exactly is the PSAT 10, and why should you consider taking it? Learn all about it here.

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Should You Take the PSAT 10 or PSAT NMSQT?

Posted by Halle Edwards | Apr 5, 2020 8:00:00 AM

PSAT Info and Strategies

The two tests are very similar, but not identical. So which one should you take?

Back in my day (when dinosaurs roamed the earth), there was just one version of the PSAT, a.k.a. the Practice SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. But now, the College Board has multiple versions of the PSAT, including the PSAT NMSQT (National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) and the PSAT 10.

So what are the differences between the two tests? And which one should you take? Read on for an exclusive guide.

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How to Register for AP Tests and Classes

Posted by Halle Edwards | Mar 22, 2020 5:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

Wondering how to register for AP classes and tests? Get a complete guide to AP registration here – even if you're homeschooled or your local school doesn't have the AP program.

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What's Better for You: IB or AP? College Expert Guide

Posted by Halle Edwards | Mar 22, 2020 2:30:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

The Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) programs are both high school programs that offer college-level courses and the opportunity to earn college credit.

So what's the difference between AP and IB? Does one look more impressive than the other? Which will improve your odds of getting into a top school the most? We will introduce you to both programs and explain which one will look more impressive on your college applications.

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What Is the IB Program, and What Are IB Classes?

Posted by Halle Edwards | Mar 22, 2020 1:30:00 PM

International Baccalaureate (IB)

One factor some students consider when choosing a high school is whether it has an International Baccalaureate (IB) program. Often compared with the Advanced Placement (AP) program, the IB program allows students to take college-level courses while in high school.

So what is International Baccalaureate? What is the IB Program and an IB Diploma, and why are IB classes worth taking? In this article, we introduce all things IB, including the Diploma requirements and features of the exams. We also explain whether you have to get an IB Diploma in order to earn college credit for your IB classes.

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How Much Do AP Tests Cost?

Posted by Halle Edwards | Mar 22, 2020 9:47:00 AM

Advanced Placement (AP)

Curious about how much it costs to take an AP Test? Learn here how much your AP exams are going to cost you in 2019-2020. We'll also cover how to get financial aid if you need it. So read on for maximum AP test cost saving!

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What Are AP Classes? Why Should You Take Them?

Posted by Halle Edwards | Mar 21, 2020 10:30:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

 

If you have started high school recently or are due to start soon, you might be wondering, "What are AP classes?" You might have heard that they are extra-advanced or that you can earn college credit by passing AP exams. But how do these classes work exactly?

Read on for our guide to AP courses and learn how these special classes can get you ahead.

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Should You Take AP English Literature or AP English Language?

Posted by Halle Edwards | Mar 21, 2020 8:30:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

Are you considering taking an AP English class at some point during high school? You might have noticed that AP offers two English courses—AP English Literature and Composition and AP English Language and Composition. (Those titles are a mouthful, so we'll just refer to them as AP Literature and AP Language in this post.)

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Average AP Scores for Every AP Exam

Posted by Halle Edwards | Mar 21, 2020 8:30:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

Taking an AP class this year? You might be wondering about average AP scores or what good AP scores are for certain classes. Or if you are thinking about taking AP exams in the future, you might want to know which exams have the highest passing rates.

In this post, we will break down the average score for each AP test, as well as the average passing rate. We will also show you how to interpret this info and how to use it to make decisions about your schedule.

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The Best AP US History Books: Full Expert Reviews

Posted by Halle Edwards | Mar 21, 2020 8:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

Need some help studying for AP US History? Look no further. In this post, we cover the best AP US History books, from textbooks to prep books and even study tools such as flashcards and websites. Read on to get the best help you can get for studying for the AP US History exam.

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What Is AP Capstone? Should You Do It?

Posted by Halle Edwards | Mar 21, 2020 7:47:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

Have you heard about the AP program's new diploma program, AP Capstone? Is this just an IB clone or something more interesting? And will completing AP Capstone get you into college? We'll explore those questions here. Read on for a complete guide to AP Capstone!

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Are AP Classes Worth It? Should You Take Them?

Posted by Halle Edwards | Mar 21, 2020 7:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

If you're in high school, you've probably heard about AP classes. You might have even taken some already. But is all the hard work that goes into an AP class actually worth it?

We think AP classes can be a great choice for students, as long as you're well prepared, get a lot out of the class, and align your schedule to work with your college goals. However, AP classes might not always be the best choice. Keep reading to learn when AP classes are a good idea and when they're wasting your time—as well as what steps you must take to build an optimal schedule.

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Every AP World History Practice Test Available

Posted by Halle Edwards | Mar 21, 2020 6:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

Need some free resources to help you prepare for the AP World History exam? This complete collection of AP World History practice tests offers tons of links to free multiple-choice questions, free-response questions, and even a full-length practice test. Read on to learn how to use these resources and get links to hundreds of AP World History practice questions.

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The Best AP World History Study Guide: 6 Key Tips

Posted by Halle Edwards | Mar 21, 2020 6:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

Are you taking AP World History this year? Or considering taking it at some point in high school? Then you need to read this AP World History study guide. Instead of cramming every single name, date, and place into your head, learn how to study for the AP World History exam so that you can learn the major ideas and feel ready for test day. We'll also go over some key strategies you can use to help you prepare effectively.

The AP World History test is challengingjust 8.6% of test takers got a 5 in 2019. But if you study correctly throughout the year, you could be one of the few students who aces this test. Below are six tips to follow in order to be well prepared for the AP World History exam. Read through each one, apply them to your test prep, and you'll be well on your way to maximizing your AP score!

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