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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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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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When Is the FAFSA Deadline for 2018? Federal and State

Posted by Justin Berkman | Aug 9, 2017 5:30:00 PM

Financial Aid

To be considered for federal financial aid, you must complete and submit a FAFSA, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Most states, colleges, and universities also use the FAFSA to award other types of institutional financial aid, including state- and college-sponsored financial aid such as grants, educational loans, and work-study programs.

If you don’t get your FAFSA submitted by the deadline, you might be missing out on free money. Don’t do that. Make sure you know all the applicable federal, state, and college deadlines and follow them. Get that money.

In this article, I discuss when you should submit the FAFSA and how to ensure you don't miss any deadlines. In addition, I explain the financial aid process after you submit your FAFSA.

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The Complete List of NCAA Division 2 Colleges (Most Recent)

Posted by Justin Berkman | Jul 20, 2017 8:00:00 PM

College Admissions

The NCAA, the major governing body for intercollegiate sports, separates its member institutions by divisions. Division II colleges are generally smaller and have fewer athletic department resources than Division I schools, but they’re larger and more well funded than Division III institutions.

While Division II schools may not have the money or get the publicity of Division I institutions, many Division II colleges have passionate fan bases that show enthusiastic support for their sports teams, especially for those teams that regularly compete for championships.

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

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The Complete List of NCAA Division 3 Colleges (Updated)

Posted by Justin Berkman | Jul 18, 2017 8:00:00 PM

College Admissions

The NCAA, the major governing body for intercollegiate sports, separates its member institutions by divisions. Division III colleges are generally the smallest and have the least amount of resources for their athletic teams. However, it is the biggest division in terms of number of schools and student-athletes. Many Division III schools take pride in their sports teams, and athletes comprise a significant percentage of the student population.

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

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Future Years' ACT Test Dates: 2017, 2018, and Beyond

Posted by Justin Berkman | Jun 25, 2017 8:00:00 PM

ACT Logistics

Future ACT dates are only confirmed a little over a year in advance, but at PrepScholar, we’ve researched patterns from previous years to predict future dates.

The ACT test dates for 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 have been officially released, but in this article, I’ll also provide the likely dates for 2019-2020 and 2020-2021. From the data we’ve looked at, we can predict these dates with decent confidence.

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What Is the Average SAT Score for Colleges?

Posted by Justin Berkman | Jun 12, 2017 3:00:00 PM

SAT/ACT Score Target

 

If you're preparing for the SAT or have received your SAT scores, you may be wondering what score you need to get into college. What's an average SAT score for colleges?

In this article, I'll explain average SAT scores and what they mean for you. Find out how to calculate the score you need to help reach your college goals.

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ACT Test Dates 2018-2019

Posted by Justin Berkman | Jun 7, 2017 4:00:00 PM

ACT Logistics

 

At PrepScholar, we constantly review the best data to inform you about future test dates. If you know the future registration dates and test schedule,  you can create your study plan and stay organized, allowing you to lessen your stress and reach your target score.

In this article, I’ll give you the the ACT test dates for 2018-2019 and explain the factors to think about when choosing your test date.

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ACT Test Dates 2017-2018

Posted by Justin Berkman | Jun 1, 2017 3:00:00 PM

ACT Logistics

At PrepScholar, we are commited to keeping you informed about future test dates. Knowing the registration and test dates well in advance can help you create your study plan and keep you organized so that you can minimize your stress and reach your target score.

In this article, I’ll give you the the ACT test dates for 2017-2018 and explain the factors to think about when selecting your test date.

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What Is Your ACT ID? Where Can You Find It?

Posted by Justin Berkman | Apr 10, 2017 4:00:00 PM

ACT Logistics

If you take the ACT, you should be aware of your ACT ID number. Knowing this number will ensure that you and the colleges of your choosing have access to your scores.

In this article, I’ll let you know how to find your ACT ID number, and I’ll detail why it’s important to know your ACT ID.

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SAT Test Dates 2017 - 2018

Posted by Justin Berkman | Mar 24, 2017 4:00:00 PM

SAT Logistics


When trying to plan an SAT study schedule, you must first know when exactly you'll be taking the SAT. In this article, we give you all SAT test dates, deadlines, and score release dates for the 2017-2018 testing year. We also provide you with our top four tips for helping you choose the best SAT test date for your schedule.

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SAT Historical Percentiles for 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, and 2011

Posted by Justin Berkman | Mar 11, 2017 11:00:00 AM

SAT General Info

If you took the SAT from 2011-2015, you may be wondering what your percentile score is on the SAT. Is a 1500 on the SAT in 2011 the same percentile score as a 1500 in 2015? Do percentile scores change over time?

In this article, I will explain SAT percentile scores, how they change, and I'll provide the percentile scores for SAT combined scores and section scores for 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, and 2011.

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Will Your SAT Photo ID Work? Learn the SAT ID Requirements

Posted by Justin Berkman | Mar 6, 2017 12:00:00 PM

SAT Logistics

 

One of the most important things to remember on SAT test day is to take your photo ID with you to the test center.  If you don't have an appropriate photo ID with you, you may not be allowed to take the SAT! But how do you know what types of IDs will work? What should you do if you don't have a photo ID?

In this article, I'll answer these questions and explain all of the SAT ID requirements so you can make sure to arrive on test day with an acceptable ID in hand.

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Should I Go to One of the Big 10 Schools?

Posted by Justin Berkman | Feb 1, 2017 6:30:00 PM

College Info

 

The Big Ten is one of the most prestigious intercollegiate athletic conferences in the country. It has 14 member schools, most of which are located in the Midwest. While they’re all unique, Big 10 schools have many commonalities and are known for emphasizing both athletics and academics.

In this article, I’ll do the following:

  • Give you the names of all of the Big Ten universities and provide information about each school
  • Describe the attributes of Big Ten colleges
  • Detail possible advantages and disadvantages of attending a Big Ten school
  • Explain how to decide if you should attend one of the Big Ten schools
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