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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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What's a Bad SAT Score? Nationally and by College

Posted by Halle Edwards | Jun 15, 2017 3:00:00 PM

SAT General Info

 

Have you taken the SAT recently? Are you wondering if your score is bad? Or do you just want to know the score to beat before you take the SAT for the first time?

In this post, we'll explain what a bad SAT score is, both in terms of the national averages and colleges you might be interested in.

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When's the Last ACT/SAT for Regular Admissions Deadlines?

Posted by Halle Edwards | Apr 26, 2017 9:00:00 AM

SAT Logistics, ACT Logistics, College Admissions

When is the very latest you can take the SAT or ACT for your college applications? If you're putting off the ACT/SAT, or hoping to retake either test, you need to know about these deadlines.

Read on to find out when you can still take the SAT or ACT—and when you would be too late. You may be surprised by how little time you have!

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Should You Use the Universal College App or the Common App?

Posted by Halle Edwards | Apr 12, 2017 8:00:00 PM

College Admissions

For years, the Common Application (CA) was the only widely available application for use at multiple colleges. It was created in 1975, with 15 colleges in its first year. It still dominates the college application world, and today is used by over 500 colleges and universities.

However, back in 2007, the Universal Common Application (UCA) was created, and now serves 34 colleges and universities.

So what exactly are the differences between the CA and the UCA? Why do colleges use one, both, or neither? And which one should you use? We will explore these questions in this post and help you decide how to apply.

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How to Cancel ACT Test Registration

Posted by Halle Edwards | Apr 10, 2017 9:00:00 PM

ACT Logistics

 

Have an ACT date coming up that you can’t make or think you’re not going to do well on? Learn here how to cancel ACT tests or change your ACT test date.

Importantly, we'll also cover some reasons why you might cancel your ACT registration – and help you decide if canceling is truly the best move.

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What's the Highest Possible SAT Score?

Posted by Halle Edwards | Mar 4, 2017 11:00:00 PM

SAT General Info

Curious about what perfection looks like on the SAT, or about how many people get perfect scores every year? In this post, we will show you what the highest possible score on the SAT is and how many raw points you need to rack up in each section to earn that score.

We will also include tips and links to other more detailed articles for those aiming for that rare – but not impossible! – maximum SAT score.

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25 to 32: Fast ACT Prep Study Plan in 10 Days

Posted by Halle Edwards | Mar 1, 2017 12:00:00 AM

ACT Strategies

Do you need to raise your ACT score, ASAP? Do you want to make a huge score improvement, from good to amazing, from 25 to 32?

It’s not easy, but you can take huge strides towards the ACT score of your dream in just 10 days. We will show you how to pinpoint your weaknesses, create a study plan, and raise your score.

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The Best AP US History Books: Full Expert Reviews

Posted by Halle Edwards | Feb 1, 2017 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 like flashcards and websites. Read on to get the best tools for studying for the exam!

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Everything You Need to Know: History of The Great Gatsby

Posted by Halle Edwards | May 28, 2016 9:00:00 PM

Book Guides

 

What exactly makes The Great Gatsby so “great?” Why did your English teacher choose this book in particular, when there are dozens of other great American novels from the twentieth century? Has it always been this popular?

This article explains how The Great Gatsby novel went from an unpopular flop during its time to a great American classic today, and how that history could affect your approach to the book. Read on to learn the story of The Great Gatsby’s unlikely path to fame, and why you should care.

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Official ACT to SAT (New 1600 and Old 2400) Conversion Charts

Posted by Halle Edwards | May 13, 2016 3:30:00 PM

SAT versus ACT, ACT General Info, SAT General Info

Unlike apples and oranges, it is possible to compare the ACT and SAT – though it can be a little bit complicated.

 

One of the first thoughts you might have after getting your ACT or SAT score back is how well you would have done on the other test. Luckily, SAT to ACT conversion (and ACT to SAT conversion) is possible.

In this post, we'll provide conversion charts from the test makers themselves to help you with score conversions between both the new and old versions of the SAT and the ACT. We'll also learn if certain colleges go easier on either the SAT or ACT – and what you can do about it.

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Most Important Themes in Great Gatsby, Analyzed

Posted by Halle Edwards | May 13, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Book Guides

Need to write about a theme for a Great Gatsby assignment, or just curious about what exactly a theme is? Not sure where to start? Learn here what a theme is, what the main themes in The Great Gatsby are, and get some tips for writing about themes for your English/Language Arts class essays.

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Best Character Analysis: Jay Gatsby - The Great Gatsby

Posted by Halle Edwards | May 8, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Book Guides

The man, the myth, the legend, Jay Gatsby is the titular hero of The Great Gatsby.

Nick first comes to know him as an incredibly wealthy, mysterious man who throws lavish parties, but we eventually learn his background: a boy from humble origins who is desperate to win back the love of a rich woman, Daisy, and loses everything in his last attempt to win her over.

So where did Gatsby get his money? Does he actually love Daisy? And what’s so “great” about him anyway? This guide explains Gatsby’s rags-to-riches story, what he does in the novel, his most famous lines, and common essay topics. Read on for an in-depth guide to all things Jay Gatsby.

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Best Character Analysis: Daisy Buchanan - The Great Gatsby

Posted by Halle Edwards | May 7, 2016 8:00:00 PM

Book Guides

In The Great Gatsby, Daisy Fay Buchanan is the object of Jay Gatsby’s singular obsession, which means in many ways she is the center of the novel. But despite this, there is quite a bit we don’t know about Daisy Buchanan as a character – her inner thoughts, her desires, and even her motivations can be hard to read.

So what do we know about Daisy, and what would a typical analysis of her look like? Learn all about Daisy, Great Gatsby’s most alluring, controversial character, though her description, actions, famous quotes, and a detailed character analysis.

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Best Character Analysis: Nick Carraway – The Great Gatsby

Posted by Halle Edwards | May 7, 2016 7:00:00 PM

Book Guides

Nick Carraway is The Great Gatsby’s narrator, but he isn’t the protagonist (main character).

This makes Nick himself somewhat tricky to observe, since we see the whole novel through his eyes. How can you watch the narrator? This difficulty is compounded by the fact that Nick is an unreliable narrator – basically, a narrator that doesn’t always tell us the truth about what’s happening.

In this post we will explore what we objectively know about Nick, what he does in the novel, his famous lines, common essay topics/discussion topics about Nick, and finally some FAQs about Mr. Carraway.

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Best Character Analysis: Jordan Baker - The Great Gatsby

Posted by Halle Edwards | May 7, 2016 2:00:00 PM

Book Guides

You know that friend of yours who loves to gossip yet always downplays any drama they get into themselves? Jordan Baker in The Great Gatsby is like that friend. A close friend of Daisy Buchanan’s, Jordan dates Nick Carraway during the novel and plays a crucial role in reuniting Daisy with the titular Jay Gatsby.

A couple of years younger than Daisy, Jordan is single and a professional golfer, which sets her apart from her married friend. In fact, Jordan is Daisy’s opposite in many ways, as we will explore in this guide! Read in for a complete guide to Jordan’s appearance, plot points, major quotes, and character analysis!

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Best Character Analysis: Tom Buchanan - The Great Gatsby

Posted by Halle Edwards | May 7, 2016 1:00:00 PM

Book Guides

Tom Buchanan – hulking, hyper-masculine, aggressive, and super-rich – is The Great Gatsby’s chief representative of old money, and (in a book with many unlikeable people) one of the book’s least sympathetic characters. He is Gatsby’s rival for Daisy’s love, but he is also caught up in an affair with Myrtle Wilson that proves fatal for many involved.

So what’s important to understand about Tom? What are his motivations? Is there anything sympathetic about him at all? Find out here!

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