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The Best ACCUPLACER Practice Tests: Math, Reading, and More

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Apr 9, 2020 3:00:00 PM

General Education

If you’re going to take the ACCUPLACER exam, then you’re definitely going to want to take some practice tests before the big day! 

Practice tests are an important part of the test prep process. They can help you gauge your progress, create focused study plans, and familiarize you with the ACCUPLACER test. 

This article will tell you everything you need to know about the ACCUPLACER practice tests: where to find them, how much they cost, how they will work to your specific needs, and so much more. 

There’s a lot to cover, so let’s get started!


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The Best 5 Tips for Writing Poetry

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Apr 9, 2020 1:00:00 PM

General Education

A poem is defined as “a composition in verse.” You’ve probably read poetry in school, like famous sonnets or even Romantic odes

Reading poetry can be tough, which means writing poetry can me even more intimidating! But guess what? It doesn’t have to be. That’s why we’ve put together this expert guide on how to write good poetry. In this article, we’re going to cover: 

  • The definition of a poem 
  • What makes writing poetry different than writing prose 
  • The 5 tips for writing poetry that you need to know
  • The best resources for writing poems of your own

So whether you’re an aspiring poet or just writing a poem as part of an assignment, we’ve got you covered with these poetry tips.


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The Expert's Guide to the AP Calculus BC Exam

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Apr 8, 2020 5:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

Taking the AP Calc BC exam can feel like a lot of pressure: you want to earn college credit for your AP class, but the test is pretty tough! 

But there are a few things you can do to make the AP Calculus BC exam a little easier, like understanding the exam's format, the topics it covers, and how it's scored. Knowing what to expect before you take the AP Calc BC exam can help you earn a higher score! 

To give you all the inside information you need about the AP Calculus BC Exam, we’ll explain the following in this article: 

  • What the AP Calculus BC Exam is, including who should take it
  • The AP Calculus BC Exam format and topics
  • How the exam is scored
  • 5 tips for scoring well on the exam

The regularly scheduled date for the AP Calc BC exam is May 5th at 8:00 a.m., so you'll want to start preparing as early as possible. (Good thing this article has you covered, huh?) 

So let’s get started!


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Are There Any All-Male Colleges Left?

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Apr 8, 2020 5:00:00 PM

College Info

You’ve likely heard of some American women-only colleges, such as Barnard, Scripps, and Smith. But did you know that all-male colleges are still a thing as well? The only major difference is that there are very, very few of them left.

In this article, we’ll go over each remaining men’s college in detail, provide you with a quick history of why the number of all-male colleges has declined so much, and offer you some tips to help you decide whether attending an all-boys college is right for you.

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ACT Standard Deviation: What It Means for You

Posted by Laura Staffaroni | Apr 8, 2020 4:00:00 PM

ACT General Info

If you've ever come across a table listing all the ACT score percentiles, you may have seen the ACT standard deviation listed at the bottom for composite and section scores. Sadly, there is no explanation for what the standard deviation being that value means; instead, the tables just throw the data out there and move on.

So how does knowing the mean and standard deviation of ACT help you? We'll discuss what standard deviation is and what it means for you and your ACT score in this article.

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The Best ACCUPLACER Study Guide to Help You Ace the Test

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Apr 8, 2020 11:00:00 AM

General Education

Many incoming college students are required to take the ACCUPLACER test before they enroll in classes. The goal of the ACCUPLACER exam is to help your college place you in the course level that’s right for you.

While you can’t fail the ACCUPLACER, doing well on the exam can ensure that you’re placed in credit-earning courses from your first day on campus. That’s why it’s a great idea to study for the ACCUPLACER exam before you have to take it. 

That’s why we’ve put together this comprehensive ACCUPLACER study guide. We’re going to cover:   

  • What the ACCUPLACER exam is, including who has to take it
  • A full breakdown of each individual ACCUPLACER test, including the main content areas tested on each exam
  • Four tips on how to study for the ACCUPLACER tests, plus info on ACCUPLACER Math study guides

Let’s get started!


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Active vs Passive Voice: Understanding the Difference

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Apr 8, 2020 11:00:00 AM

General Education

Though fun, writing can also get pretty darn confusing, especially when you’re trying to figure out whether to use the active or passive voice. What is the difference between active and passive voice? When and how should you use them?

In this complete active voice vs passive voice guide, we'll go over how each voice works in English grammar, when to use the two voices, and how to change a sentence from passive to active (and vice versa). We’ll also give you an active vs passive voice quiz to test your skills. Let's get started!

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Every Table on the AP Physics 1 Equation Sheet, Explained

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Apr 7, 2020 11:00:00 AM

Advanced Placement (AP)

One great thing about the AP Physics 1 exam is that exam takers have access to a table of equations and formulas to reference during the exam (which is often referred to as the "AP Physics 1 equation sheet").

But the AP Physics 1 reference tables include a lot of information! If you aren't already familiar with the formula sheet before you take the exam, you might end up wasting valuable time trying to navigate the different equations and remember when and how to use them.

To help you out, we've developed a PrepScholar Physics 1 equation sheet. This sheet contains all the equations you'll see on the actual AP Physics 1 equation sheet plus additional explanations to help you use it as a study tool.

In the rest of this article, we're going to give you a detailed explanation of each table of information supplied on the AP Physics 1 equation sheet and explain how it can be used on the exam. We'll also give you three tips for using the formula sheet on the exam, and three tips for using the formula sheet to study for the exam.


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6 Top Tips for Taking Online College Classes During COVID-19

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Apr 6, 2020 4:00:00 PM

College Info

It’s a bit crazy to be writing a guide for transitioning to online courses because of COVID-19, but that's the reality for many college students today. COVID-19 has caused most colleges and universities in the U.S. to pause operations for the foreseeable future, and for many schools, that means transitioning to online learning. 

If you’re a college student who’s suddenly working to finish your semester of classes online, this guide is for you. In this article, we’ll answer your questions about and give you tips for how to transition to online learning due to COVID-19. We'll cover: 

  • What online learning is 
  • How to access online course content 
  • How to attend class and learn the course material
  • How to turn in assignments online 

We'll wrap things up with expert tips that can help you make the most of your online classes. So let's dive in! 


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3 Key Tips to Ace the AP Calculus BC Free Response

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Apr 6, 2020 2:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

The AP Calculus BC Free Response section can be intimidating if you aren’t prepared. You’ll need to answer six multi-part questions to show your skills in numerous calculus topics. However, when you know what to expect from this section, you’ll save yourself a lot of anxiety and can create a study plan to help you get a top AP score. In this guide, we explain everything you need to know about the AP Calc BC free response section, including what the format is, when you can and can’t use a calculator, what sample questions look like and how to get a top score on them, and what study tips you need to keep in mind.

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What's the AP Physics 2 Equation Sheet? A Complete Breakdown

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Apr 6, 2020 10:00:00 AM

Advanced Placement (AP)

Since the AP Physics 2 exam is notoriously difficult, it should be comforting to know that your exam booklet will include a reference sheet that lists many of the conversion factors, formulas, and equations you’ll need to use during the exam. There’s a lot of information on the three page equations sheet provided on the AP Physics C exams, though, so it’s important to be familiar with the info included on the sheet and how to use it to your advantage during the AP test. 

That’s why we’ve developed the PrepScholar AP Physics 2 equation sheet. Our sheet contains all the formulas and information you’ll see on the official College Board Physics 2 equation sheet, plus explanations of the equations so you’ll know when to use them. This sheet is designed to be a study tool for you as you prepare for your AP Physics C exam. 

In this article, we’ll help you gain a full understanding of what the AP Physics 2 equation sheet is, what formulas it includes, and how to use them on the AP exam. We’ll also give you 3 practical tips for using the AP Physics 2 formula sheet as a study guide, and a list of tips for using the equations sheet effectively on exam day. 

Let’s dive in! 


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Complete List: BA/MD and BS/MD Programs in the US

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Apr 5, 2020 9:00:00 PM

College Admissions

Do you dream of becoming a doctor? If you're set on going to medical school, then a combined BS/MD or BA/MD program might be for you. The majority of these combined programs allow motivated high school students to go right from undergraduate to medical school without having to go through another application process.

While there aren't a ton of spots available in combined programs, there are schools throughout the country that offer them. Before we look at those, however, let's review what BA/MD and BS/MD programs entail, as well as the pros and cons for high school and young undergraduate applicants.

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How to Win a Tylenol Scholarship

Posted by Francesca Fulciniti | Apr 5, 2020 4:30:00 PM

Financial Aid

If you're planning on pursuing an education or career in health care, you should definitely check out the Tylenol Future Care Scholarship, a merit-based award meant for undergraduate and graduate students who are enrolled in any of a wide variety of health care programs, including public health, health education, med school, nursing, and even pharmaceuticals.

I'll talk about the eligibility requirements and the application process first before discussing tips and strategies you can use to optimize your chances of winning a Future Care Scholarship.

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The 17 Best Fine Arts Colleges in the US

Posted by Francesca Fulciniti | Apr 5, 2020 4:00:00 PM

College Info

If you're interested in attending a fine arts college, your college search may be trickier than the average student's. It's relatively simple to compare standard undergraduate degree programs, but fine arts schools can be so different: they have different specialties, different facilities, and different curricula. How do you know which fine arts colleges are the best, and how do you know which ones would be good fits for you?

I've taken the first step for you by compiling a list of the top fine arts colleges and bachelor's programs in the country. Each one offers something a little different, making this ranking list a bit more unique (and a bit more interesting) than your average college ranking list.

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What Is the PSAT 10? Complete Guide

Posted by Halle Edwards | Apr 5, 2020 4:00:00 PM

PSAT Info and Strategies

Most high school students have heard of the PSAT NMSQT—aka the practice SAT that doubles as a qualifying exam for the National Merit competition. Fewer have heard of the PSAT 10, which is a version of the PSAT designed specifically for sophomores.

What exactly is the PSAT 10, and why should you consider taking it? Learn all about it here.

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