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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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Complete List: Open Admission Colleges With 100% Admission

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Posted by Justin Berkman | Sep 4, 2021 10:00:00 PM

College Info

If you’re worried about getting into college, we're here with some news that may ease your mind: There are open admission colleges (aka open enrollment colleges), colleges that offer admission to all students provided that they have a high school diploma or GED. Regardless of your GPA or standardized test scores, you can have the opportunity to pursue a college degree at one of these schools.

In this article, we'll define open admission colleges, explain the pros and cons of attending a college with open admissions, and provide you with a list of four-year colleges with a 100% acceptance rate.

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The Ultimate Guide to Cal State Schools: How to Pick

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Posted by Justin Berkman | Sep 3, 2021 7:00:00 PM

College Info

The California State University (CSU) system consists of 23 college campuses throughout California. Cal State colleges provide higher education to hundreds of thousands of students from California and the rest of the country and world.

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

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Future Years' ACT Test Dates: 2021, 2022, and Beyond

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Posted by Justin Berkman | Aug 14, 2021 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 2021-22 and 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 21 Best Video Game Design Schools in the US

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Posted by Justin Berkman | Jul 10, 2021 5:00:00 PM

College Info

Are you a gamer who dreams of one day getting paid to create video games? Have you ever played a video game and thought that you could do a better job coming up with the characters, dialogue, or rules? Maybe you should consider studying game design and entering a growing and lucrative field.

In this article, I'll explain game design, provide a list of the best video game design schools, and let you know how to use the list to help you find the right college for you.

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What Is EOP? Your Guide to Educational Opportunity Programs

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Posted by Justin Berkman | Jul 2, 2021 12:00:00 PM

College Info

Traditionally, low-income students have been excluded from higher education, or they have faced obstacles that make graduating from college extremely difficult. Programs like the Educational Opportunity Program are designed to provide the necessary support to disadvantaged students to enable their success in college and beyond.

In this article, I'll describe EOP, detail the advantages of participating in an Educational Opportunity Program, and let you know how to enroll.

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29 Great Colleges for B Students and How to Get In

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Posted by Justin Berkman | Jun 15, 2021 9:00:00 AM

College Info

Generally, the better your grades, the more college options you'll have. However, some students are under the false impression that you need straight As in order to get into a wonderful college. Students stress and worry that a few Bs will sentence them to an inferior university.

Fortunately, getting Bs won't prevent you from being able to go to a good school. There are a number of excellent colleges that admit B students. We'll provide a list of 29 of the best colleges for B students and explain how to find a good college if you're a B student.

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Should You Go to College? 4 Pros and 3 Cons

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Posted by Justin Berkman | Jun 13, 2021 9:00:00 AM

College Admissions, College Info

The decision to attend college is a big one. Getting a college degree takes time: at least four years for most people. Getting a college degree also costs money: tens of thousands of dollars for most people. You might be asking yourself, "Is it worth it? Should I go to college?"

In this article, I'll explain the benefits of going to college and detail some of the potential drawbacks. Furthermore, I'll give you all the information you need to decide whether or not you should pursue a college degree.

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Ultimate Guide to Pre-Law: 13 Tips to Prepare for Law School

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Posted by Justin Berkman | Jun 13, 2021 8:00:00 AM

College Info

Do you want to be a lawyer? In the United States, you need to graduate from a 4-year college and then go to law school if you want to practice law.

What is the best way to prepare for law school? What should you be doing in your undergraduate years to make yourself the most competitive applicant? In this article, we'll tell you about the best pre-law majors and explain what you need to do to get into the law school of your dreams.

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SAT Subject Test Dates 2018-2019

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Posted by Justin Berkman | Jun 7, 2021 6:00:00 PM

SAT Subject Tests

At PrepScholar, we pride ourselves on using the best data to keep you posted about upcoming test schedules and registration deadlines. It's essential to plan ahead and choose wisely when selecting Subject Tests and test dates.

You can see the SAT test dates for previous years. Refer to this information to get a general idea of when College Board has its test dates for the SAT and how long after the test you can view your scores. In this article, I’ll give you the SAT Subject Test dates for 2018-2019 and explain what you should consider when choosing your test date and Subject Tests.

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The Most LGBTQ+ Friendly Colleges in The Country

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Posted by Justin Berkman | Jun 1, 2021 3:00:00 PM

College Info

 

 

In general, colleges are consistently becoming more LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer/Questioning) friendly. Young people are more accepting of different sexual orientations and gender identities, and those attitudes are reflected at a growing number of U.S. colleges.

However, there are still many college campuses that have reputations for not being inclusive or safe for members of the LGBTQ+ community. If it's important to you to be at a school with a vibrant LGBTQ+ community, you should consider looking at specifically LGBTQ-friendly schools.

In this article, we'll do the following:

  • Define an LGBTQ-friendly (or LGBTQ-accepting) school
  • Explain why you should consider an LGBTQ-friendly college
  • Provide lists of LGBTQ-friendly colleges and universities
  • Give advice for how to use those lists and do effective research to determine if a school is LGBTQ-friendly
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College Application Deadlines: Your Complete Application Timeline

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Posted by Justin Berkman | Mar 19, 2021 9:00:00 AM

College Admissions

 

For many students and their parents, the college application process is a source of tremendous anxiety. Fear not. If you familiarize yourself with this process and devote enough time to it, I’m confident that you’ll be able to make it through unscathed and end up at a quality college.

In this article, we'll go over the college application deadlines you need to know. More importantly, we'll give you a complete college application timeline, detailing what you should be doing at each point in your high school career to ensure that you can submit exceptional college applications.

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Complete List of SUNY Schools: How to Pick the One for You

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Posted by Justin Berkman | Mar 10, 2021 12:38:00 PM

College Admissions, College Info

If you're interested in going to college in New York, you may want to consider a State University of New York school. Unlike The City University of New York (CUNY) colleges, the majority of SUNY schools are outside of New York City, and many of them are in rural areas.

In this article, I'll describe the SUNY system, profile the 4-year SUNY schools, and explain how to decide which SUNY to attend.

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136 Pre-College Summer Programs for High School Students

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Posted by Justin Berkman | Jan 30, 2021 6:43:00 PM

Extracurriculars

Summer programs provide high school students with opportunities to explore their academic interests and spark new passions. They also allow high school students to get a taste of college life and meet other students from all over the world.

In this article, I'll provide a list of 136 colleges throughout the United States that host summer programs for high school students. Furthermore, I'll give you information about what pre-college summer programs are like and how you can select the right program for you.

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The 5 Best ACT Apps (and How to Use Them in Your Prep)

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Posted by Justin Berkman | Jan 5, 2021 9:00:00 AM

ACT General Info, ACT Strategies

You can use apps to order food, watch sports, keep up with friends, and even study for the ACT. ACT apps are a somewhat recent phenomenon, but they're pretty appealing. After all, studying on your phone sounds like way more fun than studying from a book.

Even though apps are not enough to prepare you for the test on their own, they can be a helpful resource. In this article, I'll explain what ACT prep apps are, list the best ACT apps (most of which are free!), and offer tips on how to use them effectively.

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The 5 Best SAT Apps & How to Use Them Effectively

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Posted by Justin Berkman | Jan 5, 2021 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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