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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 | Sep 29, 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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These Are the Easiest AP Classes for You

Posted by Halle Edwards | Sep 29, 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 | Sep 29, 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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SAT Percentiles and Score Rankings (Updated 2019)

Posted by Halle Edwards | Sep 15, 2019 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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How to Get Your PSAT Score Report

Posted by Halle Edwards | Sep 1, 2019 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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Colleges Requiring All SAT Scores Sent: Complete List

Posted by Halle Edwards | Aug 25, 2019 8:00:00 PM

SAT Logistics, SAT Strategies

Are you putting together your college application list? One factor you might 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 those 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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How to Choose a Major for Your College Application

Posted by Halle Edwards | Aug 25, 2019 5:00:00 PM

College Admissions

If you’ve recently started the college application process and are 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 such as 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 admission sites to get the information you need.

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Guaranteed Scholarships Based on SAT/ACT Scores

Posted by Halle Edwards | Aug 25, 2019 12:00:00 PM

SAT/ACT Score Target, College Admissions

Maybe you've taken the SAT or ACT and got a really good score, but you 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'll 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 test 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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What Is Summer Institute for the Gifted? Should You Join?

Posted by Halle Edwards | Aug 25, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Other High School, Early Achievers (7th/8th Grade)

Want to challenge yourself this summer? Interested in showing colleges some of your academic interests? If so, you might heave heard about the Summer Institute for the Gifted.

In this post, we'll explain what the Summer Institute for the Gifted is all about; cover logistics such as application materials, cost, and dates; and help you decide whether it's a good fit for you.

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

Posted by Halle Edwards | Jul 28, 2019 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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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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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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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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