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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 | Jan 27, 2019 3:00:00 PM

SAT General Info

 

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

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

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What's the Lowest SAT Score Possible? How Many Get It?

Posted by Halle Edwards | Jan 6, 2019 9:35:00 PM

SAT General Info

Are you embarrassed of your SAT score, or think it’s pretty low? Chances are it isn’t even close to the lowest possible SAT score.

In this post, we’ll reveal how rare the lowest possible SAT score is, the lowest scores we have seen, and how to improve on the test, regardless of what your current score is.

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The Best AP US History Books: Full Expert Reviews

Posted by Halle Edwards | Dec 23, 2018 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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Best Character Analysis: Tom Buchanan - The Great Gatsby

Posted by Halle Edwards | Nov 13, 2018 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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Complete List of AP Courses and Tests

Posted by Halle Edwards | Nov 11, 2018 2:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

 

Have you ever seen the full list of AP classes? Are you confused about which ones you should take? We’ll help you choose by showing you a list of all AP courses available. We'll also reveal which ones are the most popular and which are the hardest to pass. Read on for advice to help you pick your ideal advanced placement courses!

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Exactly How Hard Are AP Tests and Classes?

Posted by Halle Edwards | Nov 11, 2018 1:30:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

Sure, they can help you get college credit and make your transcript more impressive. But are AP tests hard?

The answer isn’t an easy yes or no. You need to consider many factors, including your own academic strengths, your school, and national score statistics. We'll guide you through these different factors and help you decide for yourself how hard AP tests will be!

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These Are the Easiest AP Classes for You

Posted by Halle Edwards | Nov 11, 2018 11:00:00 AM

Advanced Placement (AP)

 

What are the easiest AP classes and/or the easiest AP tests? Answering this question isn’t so simple as just giving you a list, since there are a lot of factors that could make an AP class easy.

The easiest AP tests could have hard classes to go with them, or vice versa. You also have to think about your school, the national average scores, and your own personal strengths when figuring out which AP courses are relatively easy. But don’t worry—we’ll help you break down these factors and decide which AP tests will be easiest for you!

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These Are the Hardest AP Classes and Tests for You

Posted by Halle Edwards | Nov 11, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Advanced Placement (AP)

Thinking of signing up for AP classes? Want the greatest possible challenge? Or are you trying to avoid biting off more than you can chew?

In this post, we’ll explain what makes an AP class hard, list the hardest AP classes, and help you prepare for them.

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Average AP Scores for Every AP Exam

Posted by Halle Edwards | Nov 4, 2018 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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What Is the Common Core? A Straightforward Guide

Posted by Halle Edwards | Nov 4, 2018 11:11:00 AM

Other High School, Coursework/GPA

Have you heard about the Common Core? Are you asking, "what is the Common Core, exactly?" Don't worry. This post will explain what the Common Core is, why it was adopted, and how it could affect you as a student.

Why should you care? The Common Core has driven some pretty major changes to big-name standardized tests like the SAT and ACT, as well as curriculum changes within schools. So read on to discover what you’re being tested on and why! 

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Everything You Need to Know: History of The Great Gatsby

Posted by Halle Edwards | Nov 4, 2018 11:06:00 AM

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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How Does AP Credit Work at Colleges

Posted by Halle Edwards | Nov 4, 2018 10:45:00 AM

Advanced Placement (AP)

Whether you already have five AP classes under your belt, or if you’re just considering whether to take AP classes at all, you may be wondering how exactly getting AP college credit works.

This article will go over how different colleges grant credit for AP, and what you can do to maximize the amount of AP credit you earn. We will explore some different ways colleges grant AP credit, using specific universities as case studies.

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Best Character Analysis: Daisy Buchanan - The Great Gatsby

Posted by Halle Edwards | Nov 4, 2018 10:41:00 AM

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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How to Find and Use AP Score Calculators

Posted by Halle Edwards | Nov 4, 2018 10:29:00 AM

Advanced Placement (AP)

What is the best way to use AP score calculators? In this post we will discuss how to get the most out of them – and when you shouldn’t use them at all.

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How to Pass Your AP Course Audit

Posted by Halle Edwards | Nov 4, 2018 10:12:00 AM

Advanced Placement (AP)

Need to learn the ins and outs of the AP auditing process? You're in luck. Whether you’re a new teacher or just new to AP, check out this guide to make sure your course is approved! We will explain the auditing process in detail, including how AP courses are reviewed, how to submit your audit, and how to write an appropriate syllabus.

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