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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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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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Which Schools Offer AP Capstone? Complete List

Posted by Halle Edwards | Nov 4, 2018 10:05:00 AM

Advanced Placement (AP)

Curious about which schools are offering the new AP Capstone program?

Get a complete list here, and also find out how likely it is a school near you will add AP Capstone in the next few years.

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How to Pass the CAHSEE: Expert Strategy Guide

Posted by Halle Edwards | Nov 4, 2018 9:49:00 AM

Other High School

Do you go to school in California? Chances are you’ve heard of the CAHSEE – the exam all Californians need to take to graduate high school.

You might be wondering how to pass the CAHSEE. In this post, we will explain what the CAHSEE tests, what you need to do to pass, and how to study for it.

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How Much Do AP Tests Cost?

Posted by Halle Edwards | Nov 4, 2018 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 2015-16. 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's the Highest Possible SAT Score?

Posted by Halle Edwards | Nov 1, 2018 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'll 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'll 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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