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Justin Berkman

Justin has extensive experience teaching SAT prep and guiding high school students through the college admissions and selection process. He is firmly committed to improving equity in education and helping students to reach their educational goals. Justin received an athletic scholarship for gymnastics at Stanford University and graduated with a BA in American Studies.

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The 5 Best SAT Apps & How to Use Them Effectively

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Posted by Justin Berkman | Jan 9, 2022 9:00:00 AM

SAT Strategies

You might use apps to take photos of your food and put dog filters on your face, but did you know you can also use apps to prepare for the SAT? It's true! There are a number of apps designed to increase your familiarity with the SAT and get you closer to reaching your goal score.

In this article, I'll let you know how you can use apps in your SAT preparation, and I'll name five of the best free SAT prep apps currently available.

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Future Years' ACT Test Dates: 2022, 2023, and Beyond

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Posted by Justin Berkman | Jan 7, 2022 8:00:00 PM

ACT Logistics

Future ACT dates are only confirmed a little more than a year in advance, but at PrepScholar, we've researched patterns from previous testing years to predict future ACT test dates.

In this guide, we'll provide the confirmed and likely dates for 2022-23. From the data we've looked at, we can predict these dates with a fair degree of confidence.

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The 50 Cheapest Colleges in the US

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Posted by Justin Berkman | Nov 19, 2021 7:30:00 AM

Financial Aid

Because wages seem to be remaining stagnant and college costs continue to soar, financial concerns are weighing more heavily on families when students make their college decisions. Additionally, student loan debt is increasing and young people are worried about being saddled with astronomical debt when they graduate. That's why so many students are interested in going to one of the cheapest colleges in America.

In this article, we provide you with a list of the 50 cheapest colleges in the United States. We also explain the costs of various colleges and how finances should influence your college selection process.

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The 49 Cheapest Colleges in California

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Posted by Justin Berkman | Nov 13, 2021 8:30:00 PM

College Info

College is expensive, so it's prudent to consider how much you're going to have to pay before you decide to attend a particular school—especially if you live in California. While cost shouldn't be the sole determining factor in your college decision, it's definitely an important one.

In this article, I'll give you a list of the cheapest colleges in California. Furthermore, I'll provide you with the prices of the top public and private colleges in California, explain college costs, and go over how finances should influence your college decision.

 

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The 51 Most Expensive Colleges in the United States

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Posted by Justin Berkman | Nov 6, 2021 9:00:00 AM

College Admissions, Financial Aid

College is a costly investment. For the 2021-2022 academic year, the College Board reported that the average annual budget was $27,330 for an in-state public college and $55,800 for a private college. These are the averages, but just how much are the most expensive colleges in the US? Which ones have the most expensive college tuition?

Here, I'll give you a list of the 51 most expensive colleges in the US. I'll first explain why they're so pricey and then go over how you can attend one regardless of your financial situation.

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22 Best Colleges in the South: Which One's Right for You?

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Posted by Justin Berkman | Nov 2, 2021 8:00:00 AM

College Info

If you're from a Southern state, or you just love sweet tea, hush puppies, delicious BBQ, and saying "y'all," you may want to attend college in the South. If you're considering going to college in the South, you should have an idea of which schools are the best in the region.

In this article, I'll rank the best colleges in the South and offer tips on finding the best Southern colleges for you.

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The 70 Most Conservative Colleges in America

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Posted by Justin Berkman | Nov 1, 2021 2:30:00 PM

College Info

If you hold strong political beliefs, you may want to go to a college where the students, faculty, and administration share your values. You'll be more likely to find student groups that are aligned with your interests and beliefs. Additionally, it's more likely that the values of the college will coincide with your own, which means you'll probably have a more enjoyable college experience.

In this article, I'll give you the names of 70 of the most conservative colleges in the United States. Furthermore, I'll detail the traits of conservative colleges, explain the possible advantages and disadvantages of attending a conservative college, and advise you on how to find a conservative college that's a good fit for you.

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You Need to Check Out These 70 Most Liberal Colleges in America

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Posted by Justin Berkman | Nov 1, 2021 12:30:00 PM

College Info

If you're politically active, you may want to go to a college where the students, faculty, and administration share your values. You'll be more likely to find student groups that are aligned with your interests and beliefs, and you'll probably have a more enjoyable college experience.

In this article, we'll give you a list of the 70 most liberal colleges in the United States. Furthermore, we'll detail the traits of liberal colleges, explain possible advantages and disadvantages of attending liberal colleges, and advise you how to find liberal colleges that could be a good fit for you.

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You Can Get Into These Highest Acceptance Rate Colleges

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Posted by Justin Berkman | Oct 29, 2021 8:30:00 AM

College Info

Colleges with high acceptance rates can be good options for you when you're selecting schools you want to apply to or attend. If you have low grades or poor standardized test scores, or need to add safety schools to your list of colleges, these schools can give you more confidence that you'll be able to gain admission to a four-year college.

In this article, I'll give you a list of colleges with the highest acceptance rates, explain why they have such high acceptance rates, and introduce the pros and cons of attending these schools.

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What Is a Trade School? How Can You Apply?

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Posted by Justin Berkman | Oct 25, 2021 8:00:00 AM

College Info

If you want to advance your skills and education but are unsure if a traditional four-year college is for you, you may want to consider a trade school. Attending a vocational school can be an excellent option for those who want to get the necessary training to secure a good job quickly.

In this article, I'll explain the benefits and potential disadvantages of trade schools. Also, I'll thoroughly describe the differences between trade schools, community colleges, and four-year colleges.

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How to Get Into a BS/MD Program: Step-by-Step Guide

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Posted by Justin Berkman | Oct 24, 2021 10:00:00 PM

College Info

Is your goal to become a doctor? Do you want to put yourself on a fast track to medical school and making your dream a reality? If so, you may want to consider applying for a BS/MD program.

In this article, I'll explain what these programs are and go over exactly how to get into a BS/MD program, so that you can be one step closer to your dream of becoming a doctor.

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Ultimate Guide to the University of California Schools

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Posted by Justin Berkman | Oct 24, 2021 9:00:00 AM

College Info

The University of California schools are widely regarded as some of the best public universities in the nation. Because I have provided college counseling to hundreds of students in California and chaperoned college visits to UC campuses, I'm very familiar with these colleges and know people who have attended each of the nine UC schools that offer undergraduate education.

In this article, I will describe the UC system, profile each of the University of California colleges, and explain how to choose which UC school to attend.

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Ivy League Rankings: What Do They Really Mean?

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Posted by Justin Berkman | Oct 23, 2021 8:00:00 PM

College Info

Ivy League colleges are often viewed as the gold standard of colleges in the US and worldwide. While most people know that all Ivy League schools are good, which are the best Ivy League schools? Now you can find out with our exclusive 2022 Ivy League rankings. Get excited!

In this article, I'll rank the Ivy League schools. Furthermore, I'll describe what makes the Ivy League unique, explain how to find the Ivy League school that's right for you, and give you advice on how to decide whether you should pursue an Ivy League education.

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What Are NCAA Divisions? Division 1 vs 2 vs 3

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Posted by Justin Berkman | Oct 23, 2021 11:27:00 AM

College Admissions

You've likely heard of the different divisions for college sports, but how are they organized, and why is there more than one division? And if you want to be a student athlete, which division is best for you?

In this article, I'll break down the differences between NCAA divisions to give you a better idea of what separates Division I, II, and III schools. For those of you who wish to participate in intercollegiate athletics, you can get an idea of which division would best suit your interests and abilities. For those of you who don't want to compete but care about sports, you can use this guide to determine if the division of a college's sports teams will be a determining factor for you when selecting a college.

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15 Top NYC Colleges: How to Decide If They're Right for You

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Posted by Justin Berkman | Oct 23, 2021 8:30:00 AM

College Info

New York is the most populous US city, and there are dozens of colleges in New York City. Should you go to college in NYC? If you want to be close to Gray's Papaya, Madison Square Garden, Broadway, and Wall Street, then going to school in New York City might be a good option.

In this article, I'll provide you with a list of top-ranked colleges in NYC. Furthermore, I'll explain the benefits and disadvantages of attending college in New York City and offer some advice on deciding if you should attend college in NYC.

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