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

Posted by Halle Edwards | Jun 12, 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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The SAT Scores You Need for Nursing Programs

Posted by Halle Edwards | Jun 9, 2017 12:00:00 PM

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 expect, but it's important to understand what is expected of you.

This article will explain everything you need to know about applying to nursing school, including the different types of nursing programs, what the average SAT and ACT scores for nursing school students are, 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 what their SAT requirements are.

Find out here the SAT nursing scores you need, and other tips for a successful nursing school application!

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AP Test Dates 2018: Complete Calendar

Posted by Halle Edwards | Jun 7, 2017 6:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

 

Looking for the 2018 AP exam dates? We have the complete 2018 AP test dates, as well as advice for getting through the busy May exam season. Keep reading to stay on top of your 2017-18 schedule and for tips on dealing with the stress of endless AP tests!

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When do AP Scores Come Out? 2017

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

Advanced Placement (AP)

 
Waiting by your computer won't make the scores appear any faster.

The AP Exams are right around the corner, so you’re probably wondering: when do AP scores come out?

Unfortunately, you have to wait a bit longer than you would for SAT or ACT scores. Find out exactly when AP exam scores come out, where to find them, and what you can do in the meantime.

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How Can You Build The Most Versatile College Application?

Posted by Halle Edwards | May 30, 2017 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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What Are the Score Choice Policies at Ivy Leagues?

Posted by Halle Edwards | May 24, 2017 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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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'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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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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