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AP Scores in College Admissions: Do They Really Matter?

Posted by Ellen McCammon | Mar 2, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP), College Admissions

Since you put so much effort into studying and taking AP tests, you’re probably wondering: do colleges look at AP scores? How is all of your AP-related effort going to affect the admissions process?

In this guide, we’ll illuminate the relationship between AP scores and college admissions. We’ll discuss how important AP scores are for your application and how AP classes matter for college admission. We’ll also discuss what being an AP Scholar means for your admissions chances!

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6 Top College Interview Tips: How to Prepare Effectively

Posted by Justin Berkman | Jan 28, 2017 9:00:00 AM

College Admissions

Many of the top colleges either recommend or require interviews. To give yourself the best opportunity to make a good impression in your interviews, and to improve your chances of getting accepted to these schools, you should absolutely prepare for your interviews.

In this article, I'll explain exactly how prepare for a college interview, and I'll give you detailed college interview tips that should make you more comfortable and confident during the interview process.

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How to Plan for College in 11th Grade: 8 Expert Tips

Posted by Justin Berkman | Jul 9, 2016 9:00:00 AM

College Admissions

For many high school students, junior year causes tremendous anxiety because of its importance in the college planning process. Students are generally aware that what they do in the 11th grade matters to colleges, but they don't know exactly how to plan for college.

In this article, I'll thoroughly explain everything you should be doing in the 11th grade to plan for college. If you're organized and equipped with this knowledge, you'll be able to successfully complete your junior year and increase the the likelihood that you'll reach your college goals. Furthermore, I'll discuss aspects of college planning that you don't have to worry about in your junior year.

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Average ACT Score for Colleges: What You Need to Get In

Posted by Justin Berkman | Jul 2, 2016 8:00:00 AM

ACT General Info, College Admissions

If you're preparing for the ACT or you've taken the ACT, you probably want to know what score you need to get into college. What's an average ACT score for colleges? Do you need to do better than average to go to college?

In this article, I'll explain average ACT scores and what they mean for you. Find out how to calculate the score you need to give yourself the best chance to get into your dream school.

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Should I Apply Early Decision? Expert Guide

Posted by Justin Berkman | Jun 30, 2016 8:30:00 AM

College Admissions

Do you just want to be done with the application process and know where you're going to college? Do you have your heart set on one college, and you want to give yourself the best chance at getting in?

If you answered yes to these questions,  early decision may be a good option for you. In this article, I'll explain what it means to apply for early decision and explain everything you need to consider to answer the often stressful question, "should I apply early decision?"

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10th Grade College Planning: 7 Early Steps

Posted by Justin Berkman | Jun 24, 2016 9:00:00 PM

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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The Complete College Application Process: Expert Guide

Posted by Justin Berkman | Jun 18, 2016 8:30:00 AM

College Admissions

If you want to successfully complete the college application process and make yourself as competitive for college admission as possible, you’ll be directly or indirectly working on your college applications well before the deadlines approach. In fact, if you have any intention of applying to selective colleges, this process can really begin as early as your freshman year.

In this article, I’ll describe all of the tasks you should complete to maximize your chances of getting into the best possible college. Furthermore, I’ll let you know when you should be completing these tasks so that you’re able to stay on top of the process.

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How to Apply for College in the US as an International Student

Posted by Rebecca Safier | May 25, 2016 8:30:00 AM

College Admissions

According to the Institute of International Education, almost 975,000 international students studied at colleges in the United States last year. If you’re hoping to be one of those students, then this guide is for you.

To help you through the college application process, this guide will go over all the steps you need to take, from translating your transcript to taking the TOEFL. Before jumping into the process of international student admissions, let’s review how your application process is the same as a U.S. student's and how it’s different.

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How to Plan for College: 5 Tips for 9th Graders

Posted by Justin Berkman | May 21, 2016 8:00:00 PM

College Admissions

If you have college aspirations, you can and should start planning for college during your freshman year of high school. You want to make sure you're on the right path and have a solid plan in place to help you navigate the college process and eventually reach your goals.

In this article, I'll detail what to include in your 9th grade college planning. Then, I'll explain what you don't yet need to worry about.

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What Colleges Should I Apply To? Making a College List

Posted by Rebecca Safier | May 13, 2016 9:00:00 AM

College Admissions


With almost 4,000 colleges to choose from across the country, you may be asking yourself, "What colleges should I apply to?" How do you narrow thousands of schools down to just ten?The best way to streamline your college list is to divide it roughly equally between safety schools, match schools, and reach schools.

This guide will go over exactly what these terms mean and how to choose the best schools for you. Before taking you through the process step by step, let’s review the research process as a whole.

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Pre-College Summer Programs: Should You Go?

Posted by Justin Berkman | May 8, 2016 8:00:00 AM

College Admissions, Extracurriculars

If you're contemplating your summer plans, you may want to consider pre-college summer programs. These programs offer high school students the opportunity to live and learn on a college campus.

In this article, I'll explain the different types of programs and let you know the benefits and drawbacks of attending them. Furthermore, I'll let you know if doing one of these programs can help you get into college.

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

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Apr 9, 2016 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 getting to the list, let’s review what these programs entail and the pros and cons of them for high school and young undergraduate applicants.

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SAT and TOEFL: What You Need to Know About Each Test

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Apr 2, 2016 8:00:00 PM

SAT General Info, College Admissions

Is English your second (or third or fourth) language? If it’s anything but your first, then you may have to take the TOEFL to get into university in the United States. The TOEFL is an English language test that shows you have the language skills to succeed in college.

As another admissions test, the TOEFL shares some similarities with the more ubiqutous SAT. This guide will compare the two tests, as well as give you some tips for preparing for both. If you’re a non-native English speaker planning to apply to a U.S. college, then read on to learn the ins and outs of your testing requirements.

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How to Get Into Stanford (By an Accepted Student)

Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | Mar 12, 2016 8:00:00 AM

College Admissions

Many students want to get into Stanford, one of the most prestigious undergraduate institutions in the United States. While getting into Stanford is very tough, there are definite rules to Stanford admissions. Strategizing around these rules will greatly increase your chances of getting in.

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SAT Admission Requirements: The Importance of the SAT

Posted by Dora Seigel | Feb 10, 2016 6:00:00 PM

SAT General Info, College Admissions

If you’re currently applying to college or getting ready to apply to college, you’ve probably heard of the SAT and/or the ACT. You may already know that the SAT is a standardized test which high school students take before applying to college, but how important is the SAT in college applications? It’s hard to overstate the importance of the SAT. Your test score will be one of the most important parts of your college application (if not the most important part).

In this guide, I'll explain why test scores are a key part of your application and how you can determine the SAT admission requirements for the schools you're interested in.

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