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ACT Book Guide: The Best Books for Intense Study

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Nov 1, 2020 7:00:00 PM

ACT Strategies

Albert Einstein, who's generally considered a pretty smart guy, said, "It's not that I'm so smart. It's just that I stay with problems longer." That type of commitment, as anyone who's studying for the ACT knows, is its own form of intelligence, and it's what will help you accomplish your long-term goals.

This book guide is meant for students looking to "stay with problems longer" and study intensively, like 100 or more hours, to maximize their scores on the ACT. If you're a student who wants to leave no stone unturned as you prep for the ACT, then these are the books for you.

Before delving into the ACT prep book list, a word about what perspective I'm coming from in my recommendations.

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The 11 Best Architecture Schools for Undergrads

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Nov 1, 2020 11:00:00 AM

College Info

Do you love studying buildings and dream of spending your career designing them? If so, you're probably wondering where to get the best architecture education. Figuring out which architecture schools are best can be difficult, but we've done the hard work and compiled a list of the 11 best undergraduate architecture schools in the United States.

Each of these best schools for architecture has a description that explains what makes it an excellent program, and we also include a list of questions to ask yourself to help you decide which is the best architecture school for you.

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What Exactly Is a Target School? How to Find Yours

Posted by Justin Berkman | Nov 1, 2020 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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Updated List: Colleges With the Highest SAT Scores

Posted by Francesca Fulciniti | Oct 31, 2020 11:00:00 AM

College Info

If you've already taken the SAT, you know it will likely be an important component of your college applications. Maybe you've set a goal score for yourself based on the types of colleges you're interested in. Even if you haven't taken the SAT yet or are still considering whether to take it, you probably want to know more about what the most competitive colleges and universities expect when it comes to applicants' standardized test scores.

I've compiled a list of colleges with the highest average SAT scores for admitted students. You'll be able to compare your own SAT scores (or goal scores) with those of top colleges and universities. I'll also talk about what these rankings actually mean so that you can interpret this information effectively. For example, are these schools the best schools you can attend? Are they the most competitive? What do you do if your SAT scores are below the listed averages?

Read on for a list of the top schools ranked by SAT score, and answers to the above questions!

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Why You Shouldn't Trust US News College Rankings

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Oct 31, 2020 9:00:00 AM

College Admissions, College Info

US News is probably the most popular source out there for college rankings. While US News rankings of colleges purport to be highly accurate, they can be misleading in certain important respects. If you make decisions based purely on the US News college rankings, you might end up being miserable.

In this article, I'll go over why you shouldn't make judgments about colleges solely based on their rankings in US News.

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Colleges With the Lowest ACT Scores, Ranked

Posted by Dora Seigel | Oct 30, 2020 5:00:00 PM

College Info

The college application process can be stressful, but don't worry, if you hope to attend a four-year university and have a low ACT score, there is quite possibly a college for you!

In this article, I list the universities with the lowest 25th percentile ACT scores for their admitted students. The 25th percentile ACT score signifies that 25% of admitted applicants to the school received an ACT score at or below that number. The 75th percentile ACT score signifies that 75% of admitted applicants to the school received an ACT score at or below that score (25% scored higher). I will also explain why you shouldn't always judge the colleges by their low 25th/75th percentile ACT.

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What's a Bad SAT Score? Nationally and by College

Posted by Halle Edwards | Oct 30, 2020 3:00:00 PM

SAT General Info

Have you taken the SAT recently? Are you wondering whether your score is bad? Or maybe you just want to know the score to beat before you take the SAT for the first time?

In this article, we'll explain what a bad SAT score is, both in terms of the national averages and the colleges you might be interested in.

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What Is STEM? What Does It Stand For?

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Oct 29, 2020 4:00:00 PM

General Education

If you live in the U.S., you’ve probably heard about how important “STEM” education is. But what is STEM, exactly? And why is it so important? 

In this article, we’ll explain everything you need to know about STEM education, including:

  • Explain what STEM stands for
  • Overview the disciplines that STEM includes
  • Answer the question, “What does STEM stand for in school?”
  • Explain the importance of STEM
  • Provide a five question quiz to help you decide if pursuing STEM is right for you

Ready? Let’s dive in! 


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

Posted by Justin Berkman | Oct 29, 2020 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's a Good SAT Score for 2021?

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Oct 29, 2020 12:00:00 PM

SAT General Info

Planning on taking the SAT soon? If so, you're probably wondering, "What's a good SAT score for 2021?" In this in-depth guide, we explain the three ways you can determine whether an SAT score is good or not. We also explain why it's so important to set a goal score and how the coronavirus pandemic and new school score policies have affected 2021 SAT scores.

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The 10 Best Culinary Schools in the US

Posted by Hayley Milliman | Oct 29, 2020 12:00:00 PM

General Education

If you want a career as a chef, just trying out new recipes at home isn't going to cut it. You'll need to hone your skills through education, experience, or both.

One of the ways to become a chef is by attending culinary school. In this article, we'll outline what culinary schools are, who should attend them, and provide a list of the ten best culinary schools for prospective chefs.

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The Expert's Guide to the AP Psychology Exam

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Oct 28, 2020 7:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

Taking AP Exams can be stressful, but if you know what to expect on test day, you can eliminate a lot of that anxiety. The AP Psychology exam is one of the more popular AP tests, and it has a pretty straightforward format and scoring system. In this article, I'll tell you what's on the AP Psychology test, how it's graded, and which prep methods you should use to get a great score.

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IB Test Changes for COVID-19 (Coronavirus): What You Need to Know

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Oct 27, 2020 3:00:00 PM

International Baccalaureate (IB)

COVID-19 (the coronavirus) has caused serious changes to upcoming IB exams and the IB programme. To help you stay up to date, we've compiled all the information you need to know about IB alterations and cancellations as a result of COVID-19, how they'll impact you, and how they'll impact the potential college credit you earn from IB scores.

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The 30 Best Psychology Master's Programs and How to Pick

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Oct 26, 2020 3:00:00 PM

General Education

Regardless of whether you majored in psychology as an undergrad or are just now realizing you have an invested interest in the field, a psychology master's program could be a great fit for you, especially if you're not sure about pursuing a doctorate.

In this guide, we look at what kinds of psychology master's programs are out there and what the point of these programs is in terms of how they help you build a career. Moreover, we'll present you with a list of the best psychology master's programs for various kinds of psychology.

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

Posted by Halle Edwards | Oct 25, 2020 11:00:00 PM

ACT General Info

We know that 36 is the best possible score on the ACT and that any score in the 30s is considered very good. But how good is a top score of 34, 35, or 36? And how many students earn these 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 you can stand out in the application process with a top score—and how to raise your ACT score to get there.

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