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What Is The Duke TIP 7th Grade Talent Search, and Why Do It?

Posted by Laura Staffaroni | Oct 13, 2019 5:30:00 PM

Early Achievers (7th/8th Grade)

What is the Duke TIP, and what is the 7th Grade Talent Search? In this article, I'll be writing about the Duke Talent Identification Program, also known as Duke TIP, also known as the Duke TIP Program. The Duke TIP is a conglomeration of multiple subprograms, one of which is the 7th Grade Talent Search.

While you can find all the information about it on Duke's own website, as I did, the information is spread out and a little tricky to track down (hence the confused panda at the top of this article). For your convenience, I've compiled everything here into one magnificent blog post/guide. I recommend reading it all the way through, but if you only want to read one particular section, you can pick and choose from the Table of Contents.

A disclaimer: I've done a lot of linking in this article to the Duke TIP website, and while all links and information were correct (to the best of my knowledge) at the time of this article's publication, things may have changed since then.

Now that that's out of the way, let's dive into the Duke TIP and the 7th Grade Talent Search!

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3 Tips for Writing a Stellar Why Boston University Essay

Posted by Hayley Milliman | Oct 13, 2019 3:00:00 PM

College Essays

If you're applying to Boston University, you'll need to respond to the Why Boston University essay prompt. The Why BU essay is a required element of your application and a great way to show the BU admissions committee why Boston University is the right fit for you, and vice versa.

In this article, we'll break down the Why Boston University essay prompt, give you ideas for what to talk about in your own essay, and offer tips for writing an essay that's sure to wow the admissions committee.

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4 Tips for Writing a Stellar Boston College Essay

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Oct 13, 2019 12:00:00 PM

College Admissions, College Essays

Ranked among the top 50 colleges nationwide, Boston College is an excellent college choice, especially if you're hoping to attend a religious institution. As part of the application process, you'll need to submit a Boston College essay. So what should you write about in your essay to raise your chances of getting admitted here?

In this guide, we closely analyze all Boston College essay prompts, providing you with our best tips and advice. We'll also take a look at real Boston College essay examples to give you an idea of what a successful Boston College essay can look like.

So let's get started!

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4 Tips for Writing a Johns Hopkins Essay That Works

Posted by Melissa Brinks | Oct 13, 2019 12:00:00 PM

College Essays

Johns Hopkins University is considered one of the top-10 national schools in the United States. As the country's first research university, Johns Hopkins is interested in fostering lifelong learning and research. Although their medical school is perhaps their most famous department, Johns Hopkins has many prestigious programs—and their reputation means that admittance is extremely competitive, with just an 11% acceptance rate.

If you want to join the band of Blue Jays, you'll need to be a stellar student—and you'll need to write a killer Johns Hopkins essay. This guide will walk you through the Johns Hopkins supplement, including best practices for answering the prompt, how to plan your essay, and analyzing essays that got other applicants in.

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When Is the Next SAT Test Date?

Posted by Allen Cheng | Oct 13, 2019 12:00:00 PM

SAT Logistics

Here's a guide on when the next SAT test is happening and deadlines for signing up.

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You Can Get Into These Highest Acceptance Rate Colleges

Posted by Justin Berkman | Oct 13, 2019 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 or poor standardized test scores, or 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 four-year college.

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

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Is AP Biology Hard? An Expert Discussion

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Oct 13, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Advanced Placement (AP)

AP Biology is a popular AP class, and many students are curious about the challenges it presents. Is AP Biology hard? Will you spend hours upon hours studying for the class? Are you likely to fail the exam? Or are AP tests much easier than they seem?

In this article, we'll look at statistics, course material, and student perceptions to present you with a clear picture of the difficulty level of the AP Bio class and exam. We'll also give you some tips for figuring out how challenging AP Biology will likely be for you based on your academic strengths and weaknesses.

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18 Critical To Kill a Mockingbird Quotes, Explained

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Oct 9, 2019 3:00:00 PM

General Education

Not only is Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird one of the most widely taught books in American high schools, but it's also one of the most popular books in general. In fact, it was just recently voted "America’s favorite novel"! Its popularity has endured for decades, and it’s still taught in schools across the United States today.

That’s why we’re explaining the top 18 To Kill a Mockingbird quotes for you. In addition to becoming familiar with the stand-out moments of the novel, by the end of this article you’ll have a deeper understanding of the book’s themes, characters, and most important elements.

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The 7 Best GED Prep Books for 2019: Which Should You Use?

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Oct 7, 2019 4:00:00 PM

General Education

If you don’t have a high school diploma, you can still earn an equivalent credential by getting your General Education Diploma, or GED. Having a GED can open up many more opportunities for you, especially since most U.S. employers require employees to have a high school diploma or an equivalency. 

If you don’t have a high school diploma, you’re a great candidate for taking the GED test and earning your GED. The exam is designed to determine whether you have the academic skills equivalent to those of a high school senior, so you’ll be tested in four subject areas: math, language arts, social studies, and science. 

That’s a lot of information to know, which is why one of the best ways to study for the GED is by using a GED book. GED study books are designed to help you learn all the material you’ll be tested on when you actually take the test. 

In this article, we’ll walk you through the best GED books on the market so you can choose the one that’s right for you. Then we’ll give you our top six study tips to help you ace your exam. 

Let’s get started! 


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The Truth About the Dilophosaurus: 5 Facts About the Spitting Dinosaur

Posted by Hayley Milliman | Oct 7, 2019 3:00:00 PM

General Education

One of the most memorable scenes of the 1993 version of Jurassic Park comes when bumbling scientist Wayne Nedry encounters a rogue Dilophosaurus while trying to escape the park.

Nedry is trying to free his car from some mud when he happens upon the Dilophosaurus. Initially, Nedry isn’t phased by the dinosaur, which looks too tiny to be a threat. Just when he thinks he’s safe, however, the Dilophosaurus spits poison in his face — ultimately leading to Nedry’s demise.

The scene from Jurassic Park is entertaining, sure, but factually accurate? Not so much. In this article, we break the truth about the Dilophosaurus: what it was, how it lived and how it’s portrayed in pop culture.

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What Is a Praying Mantis? 9 Fun Facts

Posted by Melissa Brinks | Oct 7, 2019 3:00:00 PM

General Education

Praying mantises are one of the world’s most fascinating insects. Not only do they look interesting, with their unique forelegs tucked up under their heads as if they’re praying, but they’re also known for a pretty creepy reproductive trait—sexual cannibalism.

In this article, we’ll be sharing some of the most interesting praying mantis facts, as well as their life cycle, their macabre mating habits, and whether or not these little predators pose any danger to humans.

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Did You Know? 61 Amazing Facts

Posted by Carrie Cabral | Oct 7, 2019 10:00:00 AM

General Education

Everybody loves looking like the smartest person in the room with cool and interest facts. While I’m a big fan of random and fun facts, Did You Know Facts are facts that you can use as supporting evidence, whether it’s in a timed essay, a debate, or even a conversation. Did You Know Facts help expand your knowledge base so you’re prepared for any situation, and have the benefit of making you seem like you know what you’re talking about on any subject.

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What Is the HiSET? Expert Guide to the High School Equivalency Test

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Oct 7, 2019 9:00:00 AM

General Education

Finishing high school the “traditional” way isn’t the right path for everyone. That’s why there are exams you can take to earn what’s known as a high school equivalency (HSE) credential in the U.S. The HiSET Exam is a test that allows you to earn an HSE credential if you discontinued your high school education but want the equivalent of a high school diploma. 

The HiSET isn’t the only high school equivalency exam option. (You’ve probably heard quite a bit about another HSE test, the GED.) We’re betting you have a lot of questions about how the HiSET works, what taking the exam will be like, and what you can do with the HiSET once you take the exam. 

That’s why we’re going to cover the following in this article to give you a full overview of the HiSET Exam: 

  • What the HiSET Exam is
  • Who can take the HiSET Exam
  • The four most important details to know before you register for the HiSET, including how much the exam costs
  • What to expect when you take the exam, including the length of the exam, exam format, and its contents 
  • Four key differences between the HiSET Exam and the GED
  • Four resources to help you learn more about and prep for the HiSET Exam

We’ve got a lot to cover, so let’s get moving!

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What's the Highest Possible SAT Score?

Posted by Halle Edwards | Oct 6, 2019 11:00:00 PM

SAT General Info

Curious about what perfection looks like on the SAT, or about how many people get perfect scores every year? In this post, we'll show you what the highest possible score on the SAT is and how many raw points you need to rack up in each section to earn that score.

We'll also include tips and links to other more detailed articles for those aiming for that rare—but not impossible!—maximum SAT score.

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Average SAT Scores Over Time: 1972 - 2019

Posted by Anna Aldric | Oct 6, 2019 9:00:00 PM

SAT General Info

SAT scores for the past few years have shown a marked decline, particularly since 2006, which can be attributed to various causes. In this article, we provide you with some charts showing the average SAT trends from 1972 to 2019 as well as the variation in SAT scores by ethnicity.

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