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ACT English: Word Choice and Diction Errors

Posted by Mary Ann Barge | Aug 27, 2017 7:30:00 AM

ACT English

One of the trickier concepts that you will be tested on ACT English is your ability to choose the right word from among many that are not quite right, and to spot when words are being used incorrectly.

Are you confident in your ability to find the differences in a group of similar words? Can you distinguish what’s needed from the context of a question?

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7 Steps to a Successful Georgetown Application

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Aug 25, 2017 12:00:00 PM

College Admissions

Georgetown University is one of the most selective universities in the country; less than 17% of students who apply there get accepted. However, understanding the application and what Georgetown admissions officers are looking for when they review your application can give you a serious leg up over the rest of the competition.

In this guide, we go over everything you need to know about the Georgetown University application, including what you need to submit, every Georgetown application deadline, what admissions officers are looking for when they review applications, and how you can make each key part of your application stand out from the pack.

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Guaranteed Scholarships Based on SAT/ACT Scores

Posted by Halle Edwards | Aug 24, 2017 11:00:00 PM

SAT/ACT Score Target, College Admissions

Maybe you’ve taken the SAT or ACT and have gotten a really good score, but aren't sure how to get the most money out of it. Or maybe you haven’t taken the SAT or ACT yet but are wondering how important the tests really are. One way you can make the most of your score is by finding guaranteed SAT scholarships or guaranteed ACT scholarships.

In this post, we will show you some of the scholarships for high SAT scores and scholarships for high ACT scores that you can get. You can earn thousands of dollars in scholarships based just on your scores. Curious to see how? We'll show you where you can get scholarships based on ACT scores and scholarships based on SAT scores.

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What's a Good SAT / ACT Score for the Ivy League? What's the Lowest Score I Can Get in With?

Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | Aug 21, 2017 12:00:00 PM

SAT/ACT Score Target, College Admissions

What are the ACT/SAT scores that Ivy League universities Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, UPenn, and Yale look for? Here, we look at what test scores these eight highly selective schools consider good, as well as what scores are borderline.

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National Merit Finalist - How to Win the Scholarship

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Aug 20, 2017 8:00:00 PM

PSAT Info and Strategies

Many students take the PSAT in the fall of their junior year. What a lot of students may not notice is the full name of the test is PSAT/NMSQT, or Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Thus, the PSAT is not just good practice for your SATs. It’s also the first step in becoming a National Merit Finalist and hopefully, earning a $2,500 scholarship from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC).

In this article, we’ll discuss what steps you need to take to become a National Merit Finalist and compete for a scholarship. We'll also give you advice on how to write a strong application and maximize your chances of becoming a National Merit Scholar.

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How Many People Get a 34, 35, 36 on the ACT? Score Breakdown

Posted by Halle Edwards | Aug 19, 2017 11:00:00 PM

ACT General Info

Just how much does a perfect (or near-perfect) ACT score stand out?

We know that 36 is the best possible score on the ACT and that any score in the 30s is considered very good. But just how good is a top score of 34, 35, or 36? And how many students earn those scores every year?

In this post, we break down just how rare those top scores are, and how many students get them each year. Learn how much you can stand out in the application process with a top score—and how to raise your score to get there.

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Average ACT Score for 2017, 2016, 2015, and Earlier Years

Posted by Anna Aldric | Aug 19, 2017 10:00:00 PM

ACT General Info


In recent years, more and more students have been taking the ACT than ever before. But what does this change in participation rate mean for the average ACT score?

As you'll learn in this article, while ACT scores have been fairly stable in the last few years, there have been some dips and peaks in scores in the last 25 years. Let’s take a look at what’s happening.

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The 4 Best AP Psychology Books: Full Expert Reviews

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Aug 19, 2017 5:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

There are many AP Psychology books that claim to be the best review tool for students; however, they aren't all telling the truth. Some review books may be better for you based on the type of student you are and the amount of guidance you need in your studying. In this article, I'll give you a short list of the best textbooks and review books out there so that you can find the one that will help you get your best score on the AP Psychology exam.

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How to Build an SAT Study Plan: 4 Sample Schedules

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Aug 18, 2017 12:00:00 PM

SAT General Info

To do well on the SAT, you’ll need to have an SAT study plan. This plan tells you what, when, and how to prep for the SAT. It also helps you manage your time so that you’re not focusing too much (or too little) on certain topics and skills.

In this guide, we give you four SAT study plans to choose from, based on your SAT score goals. Before we dive into those, though, let’s go over the benefits of having an SAT study schedule and the preliminary steps you'll need to take to get your SAT plan off the ground.

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SAT Test Dates: Full Guide to Choosing (2017, 2018)

Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | Aug 16, 2017 9:00:00 PM

SAT Logistics, SAT General Info

The SAT is offered seven times a year, but which SAT test dates will work best for you and your schedule? What essential factors should you consider before creating an SAT schedule? What are the best SAT dates for juniors? For seniors?

In this comprehensive guide, we offer you the most current info on SAT test dates (domestic and international) for the 2017-18 school year. We also give you our top tips for choosing the best SAT test dates for you, as well as tons of resources you can use to assist you in navigating the complicated web of SAT/ACT test dates.

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The 12 Best Creative Writing Colleges and Programs

Posted by Alex Heimbach | Aug 16, 2017 11:00:00 AM

College Info

Finding a dedicated creative writing program at a school you're excited about can be a real challenge, and that's even before you start worrying about getting in. Nonetheless, there are some great options. In order to help you find the best school for you, this list rounds up some of the best colleges for creative writing in the United States.

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13 Amazing Full-Ride Scholarships You Can Win

Posted by Mary Ann Barge | Aug 14, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Financial Aid

The Full-Ride Scholarship: the most mythical of scholarships that all students secretly (or not-so-secretly) dream of. Unfortunately, these scholarships are hard to come by, and they're even more difficult to win.

Though many schools offer full-ride or full-tuition scholarships, there are also a handful of scholarships out there—run by independent organizations and even the government—that you can use at almost any school. Read on to learn about some of the most highly sought-after scholarships in the country.

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What Is a Personal Statement? Everything You Need to Know About the College Essay

Posted by Alex Heimbach | Aug 12, 2017 9:00:00 AM

College Admissions, College Essays

In addition to standardized test scores and transcripts, a personal statement or essay is a required part of many college applications. This requirement can be one of the most stressful parts of the process because it's the most open ended. 

In this guide, I'll answer the question, "What is a personal statement?" I'll talk through common college essay topics and what makes for an effective personal statement. 

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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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The Complete Guide to ACT Grammar Rules

Posted by Laura Registrato | Aug 10, 2017 7:30:00 PM

ACT Strategies, ACT English

Even though the English language is complex, ACT English tests a specific set of grammar rules. Furthermore, it tests these rules the same way, over and over again.

In this complete guide, we've compiled the comprehensive list of ACT English grammar rules you need to know to ace the ACT English section. If you master all these rules and practice them with realistic ACT questions, you'll have a huge advantage on the English section.

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