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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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How to Get SAT Scores, Step by Step

Posted by Halle Edwards | Sep 16, 2017 10:30:00 AM

SAT Logistics

So you've just taken the SAT. Congratulations! Once you get a little rest, you'll probably start wondering when your scores will come out and how to find SAT scores on the College Board website. In this post, we tell you exactly what time of day scores will appear, and where to check your scores online.

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SAT Percentiles and Score Rankings (Updated for New SAT)

Posted by Halle Edwards | Sep 15, 2017 4:30:00 PM

SAT General Info

Have you taken the SAT recently and need help deciding whether you should retake the test? Or maybe you haven’t taken the SAT yet but want to develop a target score.

One of the best ways to understand your SAT scores is to understand your SAT score percentiles. You can learn to maximize your study time, find the biggest score gains, and impress your dream school by understanding percentile rankings. Read on for a guide to maximizing your SAT score—and your college admissions chances—by using SAT score percentiles.

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Average AP Scores for Every AP Exam

Posted by Halle Edwards | Sep 1, 2017 9:30:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

 

The average is definitely lower than a perfect 5! 

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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ACT Expert Guide: What's the Highest Possible ACT Score?

Posted by Halle Edwards | Aug 28, 2017 4:00:00 PM

ACT General Info

What is the highest possible score on the ACT, and how rare is it to get one? If you are just diving into your ACT studying, or even have been at it for a while, you might be wondering what the best score is. In this post we’ll explore the odds of the maximum ACT score and give you tips and advice to reach one.

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Guaranteed Scholarships Based on SAT/ACT Scores

Posted by Halle Edwards | Aug 24, 2017 11:00:00 PM

SAT/ACT Score Target, College Admissions

Maybe you’ve taken the SAT or ACT and have gotten a really good score, but aren't sure how to get the most money out of it. Or maybe you haven’t taken the SAT or ACT yet but are wondering how important the tests really are. One way you can make the most of your score is by finding guaranteed SAT scholarships or guaranteed ACT scholarships.

In this post, we will show you some of the scholarships for high SAT scores and scholarships for high ACT scores that you can get. You can earn thousands of dollars in scholarships based just on your scores. Curious to see how? We'll show you where you can get scholarships based on ACT scores and scholarships based on SAT scores.

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How Many People Get a 34, 35, 36 on the ACT? Score Breakdown

Posted by Halle Edwards | Aug 19, 2017 11:00:00 PM

ACT General Info

Just how much does a perfect (or near-perfect) ACT score stand out?

We know that 36 is the best possible score on the ACT and that any score in the 30s is considered very good. But just how good is a top score of 34, 35, or 36? And how many students earn those scores every year?

In this post, we break down just how rare those top scores are, and how many students get them each year. Learn how much you can stand out in the application process with a top score—and how to raise your score to get there.

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Colleges Requiring All SAT Scores Sent: Complete List

Posted by Halle Edwards | Aug 9, 2017 8:00:00 PM

SAT Logistics, SAT Strategies

 

Are you putting together your college application list? One factor you may not have considered is which schools require you to send your entire SAT testing record. Unfortunately, you can't always hide your rotten SAT scores! So if you have some less-than-stellar scores, you might avoid (or at least think carefully) before applying to these schools.

We have a complete list of which schools require your complete SAT testing record. Read on for this list as well as exclusive advice for applying to these schools.

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Average ACT Scores by State (Most Recent)

Posted by Halle Edwards | Aug 9, 2017 11:30:00 AM

ACT General Info

Which state will come out on top?

Have you recently gotten your ACT score? Wondering about how it compares to others in your state? Or are you curious as to how your state’s average ACT score stacks up in comparison to the rest of the country?

We’ve compiled the average ACT scores by state, as well as the average in each subject area, using the latest data from the test makers. Read on to learn how your state—and your score—compares to the rest of the country.

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

Posted by Halle Edwards | Aug 4, 2017 9:00:00 AM

SAT Logistics, ACT Logistics, College Admissions

When’s the latest you can take the SAT or ACT if you’re submitting an early decision college application? You might be surprised by how late some colleges accept SAT and ACT scores—and how early others require them!

Read on to find out the latest dates on which you can take the SAT and ACT, and get specific dates for top colleges.

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ACT Percentiles and Score Rankings

Posted by Halle Edwards | Aug 1, 2017 5:30:00 PM

ACT General Info

What’s the difference between a good ACT score and a great ACT score? One way colleges make that distinction is by looking at ACT score percentiles.

The ACT score percentiles help colleges compare students to one another, rather than just looking at everyone’s individual score. Learn more about your ACT score’s percentile so you can maximize both your study time and your admission chances. Then find out your current score percentile using our detailed charts.

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These Are the Easiest AP Classes for You

Posted by Halle Edwards | Jul 17, 2017 12:00:00 PM

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 tests will be easiest for you!

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How to Choose a Major for Your College Application

Posted by Halle Edwards | Jul 12, 2017 5:00:00 PM

College Admissions

If you’ve started researching the college application process or looking at particular schools, you might have noticed that some schools want you to know your major before you apply. Or at some schools, even if you don’t have to know your major, you have to apply to a specific undergraduate college like Engineering, Nursing, or Arts and Sciences.

So how do you know which major or school to apply to? What if you have no clue what you want to study in college? We'll give you advice and show you how to navigate admissions sites to get the information you need.

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How to Get Your PSAT Score Report

Posted by Halle Edwards | Jul 10, 2017 12:00:00 PM

PSAT Info and Strategies

How do you get your PSAT score report? Can you view it online? The PSAT score report works a bit differently than your typical SAT or ACT report.

We will walk through how to get your report and what to do once you have it.

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Complete List of AP Courses and Tests

Posted by Halle Edwards | Jul 6, 2017 2:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

Spoiler alert: You have a lot of choices!

 

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

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Exactly How Hard Are AP Tests and Classes?

Posted by Halle Edwards | Jul 5, 2017 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 will guide you through these different factors and help you decide for yourself how hard AP tests will be!

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