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Hannah Muniz

Hannah received her MA in Japanese Studies from the University of Michigan and holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Southern California. From 2013 to 2015, she taught English in Japan via the JET Program. She is passionate about education, writing, and travel.

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What Is the IB Primary Years Programme?

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Apr 1, 2020 7:00:00 AM

General Education

You’ve likely heard of the IB diploma for high school students, but did you know that there's an IB program specifically for elementary school students, too? The IB Primary Years Programme, or IB PYP, aims to promote responsibility, critical thinking, and independent inquiry.

Learn more about what the IB PYP entails here in our in-depth guide. We’ll go over the curriculum, how to find an IB PYP school near you, how the IB PYP differs from other IB programs, and how hard the IB PYP actually is.

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When Is the April ACT? Should You Take It?

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Mar 23, 2020 3:00:00 PM

ACT General Info

If you're planning to take the ACT in the spring, you might be wondering: should you take the April ACT? Or will you be better off taking the ACT on a different test date?

In this article, we cover everything you need to know about the April ACT, including when the exam is, whether your scores will get to your schools in time, and the pros and cons of taking the ACT in April.

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What Is a For-Profit College? Every For-Profit University in the US

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Mar 22, 2020 12:00:00 PM

College Info

With so many colleges to choose from, it can be difficult to figure out which school will be an ideal fit for you. Most US colleges are nonprofit schools committed to educational quality. But have you heard of for-profit colleges? What is a for-profit college exactly, and how does it differ from nonprofit colleges?

In this guide, we give you the for-profit colleges definition and go over why for-profit universities have such a bad reputation in the world of education. We then give you a complete list of for-profit colleges in the US.

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ACT Registration Dates and Deadlines (2019, 2020)

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Mar 21, 2020 12:00:00 PM

ACT Logistics

To ensure you have a solid ACT study plan, you must first familiarize yourself with ACT registration dates. What and when are the most important ACT deadlines? How can knowing these deadlines benefit you as a test taker?

In this article, we go over upcoming ACT registration dates and examine the general patterns of ACT registration deadlines. We also discuss the differences in deadlines for late registration, standby registration, and changes to your test reservation before wrapping up with a look at how you can use ACT deadlines to your advantage.

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When Is the March SAT? Should You Take It?

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Mar 20, 2020 7:35:00 PM

SAT Logistics, SAT General Info

Ah, spring. While most students are already celebrating the coming end to the school year, others are busy studying for the March SAT. This raises a critical question: exactly who should take the March SAT? Should you? Or would another test date work better for you and your schedule?

Read on to learn when the upcoming March SAT is, when scores will be released online and to the colleges you chose, and the biggest pros and cons of this popular spring test date.

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Ivy Day 2020: What Is It, When Is It, and What to Do Next

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Mar 19, 2020 12:30:00 PM

College Admissions, College Info

If you've applied or are currently applying to Ivy League schools, you've likely heard the phrase "Ivy Day." Ivy Day, or Ivy Admissions Day, is when all the Ivy League schools announce their admissions decisions for regular decision first-year applicants. This year, Ivy Day is March 26, 2020.

Keep reading to learn more about what to expect on Ivy Day, how to predict future Ivy Day dates, and what to do with your admissions decision(s) once Ivy Day is over.

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UC vs CSU: What’s the Difference? Which Is Better?

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Mar 3, 2020 4:00:00 PM

College Info

UC vs CSU: they might have similar letters, but they're definitely not the same thing! The University of California and the California State University are two highly regarded public university systems based throughout California. But what is the difference between UC and CSU? How are the UC and CSU schools different and how are they alike?

In this UC vs CSU guide, we give you a comprehensive comparison of Cal State vs UC and go over what these differences and similarities mean for you and your college choices. First, though, let’s take a look at what the UC schools and CSU schools actually are, starting with the UC system.

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Caltech vs MIT: Which Is Better?

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Mar 3, 2020 12:00:00 PM

College Info

If you want to major in science, technology, or a related field, then you've likely heard of Caltech and MIT, two of the most prestigious technological institutes in the US. But is Caltech or MIT the better university? More importantly, which school will be a better fit for you?

In this complete Caltech vs MIT guide, we go over the main differences between Caltech and MIT, and introduce the critical factors you must consider when deciding whether Caltech or MIT is the right choice for you. But first, let’s look at what types of schools Caltech and MIT actually are.

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MIT vs Harvard: Which Is Better?

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Mar 2, 2020 6:00:00 PM

College Info

MIT and Harvard are two renowned institutions that consistently top national college ranking lists and are known for their premier academics, distinguished faculty, and vibrant communities. But which university is better: MIT or Harvard? More importantly, which is a better fit for you?

We give you a complete MIT vs Harvard comparison and introduce four essential factors you must consider to help you figure out which school is an ideal match for you. Before all that, though, let’s take a look at what types of schools MIT and Harvard actually are.

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What Is the PSAT Test? Everything You Need to Know

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Feb 28, 2020 12:00:00 PM

PSAT Info and Strategies

Most students know what the SAT is, but what is the PSAT? Sure, it's got "SAT" in its name, but is the PSAT actually connected to the SAT? More importantly, how does the PSAT test work and what is its purpose?

In this article, we'll answer your most pressing question: what is the PSAT test? We'll start by explaining the meaning of PSAT and why students typically elect to take it. We'll then go over the logistics of the test and how PSAT scoring works. Finally, we'll finish with a brief discussion about how important PSAT scores actually are for students.

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How to Register for the PSAT: 3 Simple Steps

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Feb 28, 2020 11:00:00 AM

PSAT Info and Strategies

Every autumn, sophomores and juniors have the opportunity to take the PSAT. But how exactly does the PSAT registration process work? Does everyone have the same PSAT sign up date? What does it cost to take the PSAT?

Here, we'll teach you everything you need to know about PSAT registration. We'll start with a brief overview of how registration works and then go over the three key steps you need to take in order to register for the PSAT. We'll also touch on how to register if you're homeschooled or living outside the US before finishing with our top tips for ensuring a smooth PSAT registration process.

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The 19 Steps to Becoming a College Professor

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Feb 11, 2020 12:00:00 PM

Other High School, College Info

Do you love conducting research and engaging with students? Can you envision yourself working in academia? Then you're probably interested in learning how to become a college professor. What are the basic requirements for becoming a college professor? What specific steps should you take in order to become one?

In this guide, we start with an overview of professors, taking a close look at their salary potential and employment growth rate. We then go over the basic college professor requirements before giving you a step-by-step guide on how to become one.

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What Is CUNY? What Does CUNY Stand For?

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Feb 6, 2020 6:00:00 PM

College Info

Those applying to college—especially those in New York City—have most definitely heard of CUNY, a famous university system in New York. But what does CUNY stand for? Even more importantly, what is CUNY in terms of the schools it comprises, the academics it offers, and the opportunities it provides students?

We look at all of these questions in detail below, beginning with an overview of the CUNY meaning. We also go over the pros and cons of attending a CUNY school and give you helpful tips for picking the best CUNY school for you.

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The 6 Best CUNY Schools and What Makes Them Great

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Feb 6, 2020 3:00:00 PM

College Info

Every year thousands of applicants apply for freshman admission to CUNY, a renowned university system based in New York City. Which are the best CUNY schools, though? Is there one best CUNY college that towers above all the others?

In this guide, we present our picks for the best CUNY schools and offer tips for finding the best CUNY college for you based on what you're looking for in a school. But first, what is CUNY exactly?

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What Is Self-Reporting Test Scores? Should You Do It?

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Jan 31, 2020 12:00:00 PM

SAT Logistics, ACT Logistics

You’ve taken the SAT/ACT and are ready to send your scores to colleges. But did you know that not all colleges require official score reports? That's rightmany colleges are now letting applicants self-report their scores directly on their applications (and only requiring an official score report if they choose to enroll).

But what does self-reporting test scores mean? We answer this critical question here and also give you a list of popular colleges that allow self-reporting. Additionally, we'll go over how to self-report scores using the Common Application and Coalition Application.

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