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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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Exactly How Hard Are AP Tests and Classes?

Posted by Halle Edwards | Jul 14, 2019 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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When's the Last ACT/SAT for Regular Admissions Deadlines?

Posted by Halle Edwards | Jul 14, 2019 9:00:00 AM

SAT Logistics, ACT Logistics, College Admissions

If you have been putting off the ACT/SAT or are hoping to retake one, you need to know when you can take your last test so that your scores will arrive at your schools in time. In other words, when is the very latest you can take the SAT or ACT for your college applications?

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

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How You Can Get ACT Accommodations: Complete Guide

Posted by Halle Edwards | Jul 7, 2019 2:00:00 PM

ACT Logistics

 

On the ACT, students with disabilities or other conditions might need accommodations, such as extra time or frequent breaks. But how do you get accommodations like extra time on the ACT?

This in-depth guide will teach you about the process of applying for accommodations and which accommodations are most common. You want to do your best on the ACT—disability or other condition aside—so read on to learn about how to get the ACT accommodations you need.

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These Are the Easiest AP Classes for You

Posted by Halle Edwards | Jul 7, 2019 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 | Jul 7, 2019 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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What Are the Score Choice Policies at Ivy Leagues?

Posted by Halle Edwards | Jun 23, 2019 1:00:00 PM

ACT General Info, SAT General Info, College Admissions

Many students assume colleges will see every score they've earned on the SAT and ACT when they apply.

However, while some top-tier schools do require your full testing histories, many don't. Some even allow score choice for the SAT, which allows you to send only the scores you want them to see, or they allow you to pick your best ACT test date.

If you're aiming for a top-tier school like an Ivy League, Stanford, or MIT, read this guide to learn how they evaluate standardized tests to help you best prepare.

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How Can You Build the Most Versatile College Application?

Posted by Halle Edwards | Jun 23, 2019 8:30:00 AM

College Admissions

Looking at college admissions websites and requirements can be overwhelming. Many colleges have slightly different standardized test and letter of recommendation requirements. Furthermore, some colleges require just one personal statement, while others require multiple essays and short answer responses. It can be a lot to keep track of!

So how do you go about preparing your college applications, when colleges seem like they all want slightly different application materials? And how do you make sure you are competitive everywhere you apply? We will explain how to make the most versatile college application.

By versatile we mean an application that will allow you to apply competitively to the broadest range of colleges.

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The SAT Scores You Need for Nursing Programs

Posted by Halle Edwards | Jun 16, 2019 9:00:00 AM

SAT/ACT Score Target

Are you wondering the kind of SAT scores you need to get into nursing schools? Applying for undergraduate nursing programs is simpler than you might think, but it's important to make sure you understand exactly what's expected of you.

This article will explain everything you need to know about applying to nursing school, including the different types of nursing programs that are available, the current average SAT/ACT scores for nursing school students, and what you need to do to make your application stand out. We'll also go through some examples of great nursing schools so you can see their SAT requirements.

Read on to find out the SAT nursing scores you need and to get tips for a successful nursing school application!

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Complete Guide: Which Schools Use the Common Application?

Posted by Halle Edwards | Jun 9, 2019 10:30:00 PM

College Admissions

Are you applying to college soon? If so, you’ve probably heard of the Common Application—an online application you can use for more than 800 colleges. Since you only have to fill out one application, it saves you time when applying to college.

But which colleges use the Common Application? And which Common Application schools are in your state? We have a complete list here, broken down by state and updated for the 2019-20 academic year.

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AP Test Dates 2020: Complete Calendar

Posted by Halle Edwards | Jun 2, 2019 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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Should You Use the Universal College App or the Common App?

Posted by Halle Edwards | May 5, 2019 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 more than 800 colleges and universities.

However, back in 2007, the Universal College Application (UCA) was created, and now serves 18 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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When Do AP Scores Come Out? 2019

Posted by Halle Edwards | Apr 28, 2019 2:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

 

If you've taken an AP exam recently or plan to take one soon, you’re probably wondering: when do AP scores come out? Unfortunately, you have to wait a bit longer for AP scores than you do for SAT/ACT scores.

Keep reading to find out exactly when AP exam scores come out. In addition, learn where to find your AP scores and get tips on what you can do as you wait for them.

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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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