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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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10th Grade College Planning: 7 Early Steps

Posted by Justin Berkman | Nov 4, 2018 10:03:00 AM

College Admissions

In your sophomore year, you may start to feel anxiety about college, or you may believe that you don't have to think about college yet. While I'm not a proponent of intense worrying and don't think stress is healthy, you should start planning for college in 10th grade.

In this article, I'll walk you through the steps you should be taking in 10th grade to maximize your college options and reach your college goals. Also, I'll let you know which aspects of the college process you don't have to worry about yet.

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What Is a Safety School? How Should You Choose Yours?

Posted by Justin Berkman | Nov 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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What Is the Average SAT Score for Colleges?

Posted by Justin Berkman | Nov 1, 2018 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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What Exactly Is a Target School? How to Find Yours

Posted by Justin Berkman | Nov 1, 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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What Is a Trade School? How Can You Apply?

Posted by Justin Berkman | Oct 1, 2018 6:00:00 PM

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 trade 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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Should You Go to College? 4 Pros and 3 Cons

Posted by Justin Berkman | Sep 25, 2018 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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You Can Get Into These Highest Acceptance Rate Colleges

Posted by Justin Berkman | Sep 15, 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 Complete List of NCAA Division 2 Colleges (Most Recent)

Posted by Justin Berkman | Sep 12, 2018 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 1 Colleges (Most Recent)

Posted by Justin Berkman | Sep 1, 2018 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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The Complete List of NCAA Division 3 Colleges (Updated)

Posted by Justin Berkman | Sep 1, 2018 8:00:00 PM

College Admissions

The NCAAthe major governing body for intercollegiate sportsseparates its member institutions by divisions. Division III colleges are generally the smallest and have the fewest resources for their athletic teams; however, Division III 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 as well as a complete list of current Division III schools, organized by state.

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The Ultimate Guide to Cal State Schools: How to Pick

Posted by Justin Berkman | Aug 23, 2018 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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All the College Ranking Lists You Should Read

Posted by Justin Berkman | Aug 16, 2018 1:30:00 PM

College Info

People love ranking lists. It seems that the majority of articles posted on social media and television shows on basic cable are ranking something, from the prettiest celebrities to the best songs of the 1980's.  The fascination with college ranking lists has been around for over 30 years since the U.S. News & World Report debuted its list in 1983. There are quite a few college ranking lists out there, but which ones are the best ones? Which ones should you look at?

Honestly, all overall college ranking lists are flawed, and you should spend more time researching and visiting colleges than obsessing over college rankings to determine which college you should attend. However, in this article I will detail the pros and cons of different college ranking lists and of college ranking lists in general. You can obtain some worthwhile information from these lists, so you shouldn't completely dismiss them.

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What Are the US Military Colleges? Should You Go?

Posted by Justin Berkman | Aug 16, 2018 8:00:00 AM

College Info

For those students who aspire to get military training and earn a college degree, there are a number of colleges in the United States that are designed for you to pursue your military and educational goals simultaneously. There are three primary types of US military colleges: service academies, Senior Military Colleges, and Military Junior Colleges.

In this article, I'll describe each type of military college and explain the differences between them. Furthermore, I'll help you determine which type of college may be best for you.

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129 Pre-College Summer Programs for High School Students

Posted by Justin Berkman | Aug 15, 2018 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 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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How Many Colleges Should You Apply To? Expert Guide

Posted by Justin Berkman | Jul 27, 2018 9:00:00 AM

College Admissions

Many students stress over the same question: "How many colleges should I apply to?" How many is too many? How few is too few? There is so much disagreement on this topic, even among experts, that many students are left confused and unsure.

In this article, I’ll clear up this confusion. I’ll give you an idea of how many schools you should apply to and explain the factors to consider when deciding how many colleges to apply to. After reading this guide, you'll feel confident about crafting your own college list and how long it will be.

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