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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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20 Top Party Colleges: Can You Still Get a Good Education?

Posted by Justin Berkman | Jan 25, 2018 9:00:00 AM

College Info

In popular culture, college life is often portrayed as a nonstop party full of fun, bacchanalian times. While these portrayals are a bit exaggerated, some colleges have garnered reputations as being particularly festive. This raises the following questions: should you go to a party school? And can you get a good education at a party school?

In this article, I'll define what a party school is, provide party school rankings, and explain how you can still get a quality education from a college known for its epic parties.

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The 49 Cheapest Colleges in California

Posted by Justin Berkman | Jan 15, 2018 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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What Exactly Is a Target School? How to Find Yours

Posted by Justin Berkman | Jan 15, 2018 12:00:00 AM

College Admissions

 

If you have researched the college application process, you may have heard about the concept of a “target school.” What is a target school or college? Simply put, it's a college that you are likely — but not guaranteed  to be admitted to based on your qualifications.

In this article, I'll define and explain the concept of a target school. Furthermore, I’ll discuss how to identify your target colleges and determine how many of these schools you should apply to.

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The 4 Best ACT Apps (and How to Use Them in Your Prep)

Posted by Justin Berkman | Jan 11, 2018 9:00:00 AM

ACT General Info, ACT Strategies

 

You can use apps to order food, watch sports, make yourself look like an octogenarian, 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. 

Unfortunately, apps aren't enough to prepare you for the test on their own, but they can be 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 70 Most Conservative Colleges in America

Posted by Justin Berkman | Jan 10, 2018 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. The values of the college will be more likely to coincide with your own, and you’ll probably have a more enjoyable college experience.

In this article, I’ll give you the names of some 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 Can Get Into These Highest Acceptance Rate Colleges

Posted by Justin Berkman | Jan 10, 2018 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, standardized test scores, or you 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 4-year college.

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

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The 5 Best SAT Apps & How to Use Them Effectively

Posted by Justin Berkman | Jan 6, 2018 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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Ultimate Guide to the University of California Schools

Posted by Justin Berkman | Jan 6, 2018 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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What Is a Safety School? How Should You Choose Yours?

Posted by Justin Berkman | Jan 3, 2018 3:30:00 PM

College Admissions, College Info

For those of you who have started researching college admissions, you may have heard of the concept of a “safety school.” What is a safety school? Simply, a safety school is one in which your odds of getting in are extremely high. Everyone who applies to college should apply to safety schools. Why? You don’t want to risk getting rejected from all the schools you apply to.

In this article, I'll define and explain the concept of a safety school. Furthermore, I'll discuss how to identify your safety schools and determine the number of safety schools you should apply to.

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

Posted by Justin Berkman | Jan 3, 2018 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, I’ll give you the names of some of the most liberal colleges in the United States. Furthermore, I’ll detail the traits of liberal colleges, explain possible advantages and disadvantages of liberal colleges, and advise you how to find liberal colleges that could be a good fit for you.

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The Best Way to Study for the SAT: 4 Ultimate Tips

Posted by Justin Berkman | Nov 22, 2017 8:00:00 AM

SAT Strategies

If you hope to get an amazing SAT score and improve your chances of getting into the college of your dreams, you'll need to know the best way to study for the SAT. But without a definitive study plan and the tools needed to study effectively, you won't be able to maximize your score, even if you put in tons of prep time.

In this article, I'll explain all of your SAT study options to help you figure out which ones are right for you, and also give you essential study tips for your SAT prep.

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129 Pre-College Summer Programs for High School Students

Posted by Justin Berkman | Oct 4, 2017 10:00:00 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 129 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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Ivy League Rankings: What Do They Really Mean?

Posted by Justin Berkman | Sep 14, 2017 12:00:00 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 my exclusive 2017 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 if you should pursue an Ivy League education.

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The Ultimate Guide to Cal State Schools: How to Pick

Posted by Justin Berkman | Sep 1, 2017 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 collegesand explain how to choose which CSU school to attend.

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The Complete List of NCAA Division 1 Colleges (Most Recent)

Posted by Justin Berkman | Aug 10, 2017 9:00:00 PM

College Admissions

The NCAA, the major governing body for intercollegiate sports, separates its member institutions by divisions. Division I colleges are generally the biggest. They have the largest athletic department budgets and their sports teams generate the most revenue. All of the schools that participate in bowl games and March Madness are Division I schools. However, there are some regional colleges and smaller private schools you may not be familiar with that are also classified as Division I.

 

In this article, I’ll give you a basic understanding of Division I and a complete list of current Division I schools by state.

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