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College GPA Requirements: What Do You Need to Get In?

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Sep 2, 2020 2:00:00 PM


As a high school student, you may be wondering if your GPA is high enough to meet the admission standards at your college of choice. Not every college has specific GPA requirements, but it's possible to estimate a cutoff for admission based on statistics from previous classes. In this article, I'll explain how GPA requirements for colleges work and give you the tools to figure out exactly how high your GPA should be to apply successfully to your dream college.

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What Is the Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE)?

Posted by Dr. Anna Wulick | Aug 20, 2020 11:11:00 AM

Other High School, Coursework/GPA

For students looking for a more challenging high school experience or for a chance to earn college credit, many high schools offer advanced college-level programs. The newest one of these is the Cambridge AICE, an international diploma program created via the University of Cambridge in England.

Curious about whether this program is right for you? In this article, I'll explain the AICE approach, the coursework necessary to get the diploma, and how it compares to AP and IB classes.

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Which High School Classes Do Ivy League Schools Require?

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Aug 18, 2020 12:00:00 PM

College Admissions, Coursework/GPA

College admissions can seem like a giant puzzle, especially if you're hoping to attend an Ivy League or other extremely selective school. Planning your high school schedule carefully is definitely important, but these schools' expectations aren't as inflexible as you might think they are.

In this article, I'll provide a concise overview of what Ivy League admission requirements are for high school transcripts and give you some tips on how to map out your classes so you have an excellent shot at being accepted.

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Which High School Electives Should You Take?

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Apr 12, 2020 7:18:00 PM


Electives are some of the coolest classes you can take in high school. They can cover almost any topic, from pottery to poetry to Portuguese, but just like any other course you take in high school, colleges will be looking at your electives to see which classes you chose and the grades you got in them.

So which high school electives should you take, exactly?

In this guide we'll cover how to choose electives that you both enjoy and can use as a way to strengthen your college applications.

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What Is High School Honors? Societies and Classes

Posted by Dr. Anna Wulick | Apr 12, 2020 7:12:00 PM


High school honors can mean a lot of different things. Sometimes it refers to honors courses in your school. Other times it refers to specific honors societies that you can join, like the National Honor Society.

Most high schools offer classes at three different levels: standard, honors, and AP. Standard will set you up with the basics, and AP is clearly connected to the AP exam—but what exactly does it mean when a class is honors level? And are honors classes connected to the various academic honors societies?

If you are having trouble figuring out which is the right fit for you, or deciding which one would do more for your college application, or trying to make sense of the many honors organizations out there, read on for our explanation.

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College Classes in High School: Is AP or Community College Better?

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Mar 21, 2020 10:40:00 AM

Advanced Placement (AP), Coursework/GPA

If your high school has AP classes, you probably know a bit about which ones are offered and what they're like. AP classes are designed to be the equivalent of introductory-level college courses.

However, you may also have the opportunity to take a real college class at your local community college as a high school student. Which option should you choose?

Both community college classes and APs can be valuable additions to your transcript, but you might decide that one or the other is a better fit depending on your needs. I'll go through the advantages of each and give you the information you need to decide between them.

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How Do You Calculate Your GPA? Step-by-Step Instructions

Posted by Dr. Anna Wulick | Feb 29, 2020 2:00:00 PM


How exactly do you take a document that's as complicated as your transcript and shrink it all down to a single number? If you're wondering how to use the final grades you've gotten in high school to determine your GPA, then you've come to the right place. This article will show you how to make this calculation, step by step. But first, what exactly is a GPA?

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The High School Science Classes You Should Take

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Feb 14, 2020 6:24:00 PM


Which science classes are you required to take in high school, and what will you learn in them? Which science subjects will colleges expect you to have studied, and how can you impress them by exceeding these expectations?

Read this guide to learn about the standard science curriculum, what kinds of AP and IB science courses there are, college expectations, and how you can exceed colleges' expectations and use your high school science classes to ultimately strengthen your transcript.

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What Is a GPA Scale? The 4.0 Scale

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Feb 4, 2020 3:30:00 PM


GPA is a measurement of your academic success in high school that colleges will consider very strongly in the admissions process. But what is a GPA scale?

Different high schools may use different GPA scales, and it's important to know how these scales work so that you get a better idea of where you stand. In this article, I'll tell you what a GPA scale is and the types of scales you might see used at your high school.

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How to Get a 4.0 GPA and Better Grades, By a Harvard Alum

Posted by Allen Cheng | Feb 1, 2020 9:00:00 AM

College Admissions, Coursework/GPA

On the 4.0 scale, an unweighted 4.0 GPA means perfection. You need straight As in every class—not even one A- is allowed. In college applications, this carries a lot of weight. You're essentially telling the college, "High school classes are a cinch. I've taken a tough course load, and I'm more than prepared for what college has to throw at me."

In high school, I got a 4.0 GPA with a course load featuring 10 AP courses. I got straight As and 12 A+'s. This strong course load, along with a strong application, got me into Harvard and every college I applied to.

While it's flattering to say, "Well, Allen's just a smart guy," in reality I relied a lot more on high-level strategy and effective academic habits. These were the same strategies I applied to my undergraduate work at Harvard and that led me to graduate summa cum laude with a 3.95 GPA. This is the guide I wish I had my freshman year of high school.

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How GPA Conversion Works, With Charts

Posted by Dr. Anna Wulick | Jan 29, 2020 1:30:00 PM


Because final class grades in high school are usually given as either letters (A-, B+, etc.) or percents (87, 92, etc.), you might be a little stuck on how to convert these marks into the decimals that are used to calculate your GPA. No worries—this article is here to help! Keep reading to see how to translate all your grades into GPA-ready numbers.

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Complete List of High School Electives

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Jan 25, 2020 6:32:00 PM


Are you thinking about high school electives and wondering what your options are? Unlike required courses, electives are classes you choose based on your interests. Most high schools offer electives that cover a wide variety of topics, so you're sure to find some that interest you!

This list was created by compiling the elective options from numerous high schools across the country. A variety of schools were used including public, private, large and small schools in order to create a complete list of high school electives.

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How to Graduate High School Early: 5 Key Steps

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Jan 25, 2020 10:48:00 AM


Are you a high school student who's thinking about graduating early? Maybe you have an exciting internship offer, want to start college early, or are interested in jumping right into the workforce.

The good news is that graduating high school early is often not as challenging as many people might think it is. This guide will give you all the tips and information you need to know about how to graduate from high school early in an easy and hassle-free way. It will also help you decide whether graduating early is ultimately the right decision for you.

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How to Prepare for Pre-Med in High School

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Jan 24, 2020 9:00:00 AM


Are you a high school student with dreams of studying pre-med in college and becoming a doctor? Maybe you've heard how difficult it can be to get into med school and are trying to plan ahead in order to raise your chances of acceptance? Well, you've come to the right place!

This guide will go over everything you can do in high school to make yourself more prepared to begin a pre-med program in college. I'll go over the classes you should be taking, the extracurriculars you should be participating in, and what you need to be thinking about as a high school student.

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The Complete List of High School Classes

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Jan 23, 2020 6:22:00 PM


Are you wondering which classes to take in high school? Do you want to find out what courses may be offered for each subject?

We've compiled a complete list of high school classes for you to see all the possible course options high school students may have. We'll cover everything from science and math to electives and the humanities.

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