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How to Study for the SSAT: 8 Top Prep Tips

Posted by Vero Lecocq | Jun 10, 2016 5:00:00 PM

Other High School, Early Achievers (7th/8th Grade)

If you're interested in attending an independent school, you may have heard the term SSAT being batted around and may now be wondering how to study for the test. In this article, we'll briefly cover the basics of what the SSAT is and does, list the best study materials to use, and offer key SSAT prep strategies and tips

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Best Crucible Plot Summary

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jun 3, 2016 11:00:00 PM

Other High School

If you need to refresh your memory on the plot of The Crucible or just want some clarification on exactly what's happening in each act of the play as you read, you've come to the right place. I've written a full plot summary, divided by act, so you can better understand and recall the events of the play. As a bonus, this article also includes short descriptions of the main characters and a list of major themes that crop up throughout the narrative.  

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Best Crucible Act 3 Summary

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jun 3, 2016 2:00:00 PM

Other High School

In Act 3 of The Crucible, we meet the judges who have been conducting the witch trials. John Proctor and Mary Warren finally confront the court with the truth, but, as you'll see, the truth has limited currency when it doesn't align with what people have already chosen to believe. I'll include short and long summaries of Act 3, a list of the most important quotes, and a thematic analysis covering the events of this part of the play.   


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PARCC Practice Tests: Where to Find and How to Use Them

If you (or your child) are worried about preparing for an upcoming PARCC exam, official practice tests are the best way to study.

Here, we’ll direct you to these PARCC practice materials. We’ll also explain how to use these tests (and other resources at your disposal) if you want to do well on an upcoming PARCC exam.

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What Is the PARCC Test? Do You Have to Take It?

PARCC exams are relatively new and not particularly widespread, which means that finding reliable information on what they are and what they mean can be tough. In this guide, I’ll go over everything you need to know about these exams, including where they’re administered, what they test, and how to prepare.

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What Is the SSAT? Expert Guide to the 3 Levels

Posted by Rebecca Safier | May 12, 2016 5:00:00 PM

Other High School

Are you interested in going to private school? If so, you might need to take the SSAT to get in. But what is the SSAT? It's an admissions test that independent schools throughout the U.S. and the world use to assess their prospective students.

The test is available in three levels, so students in elementary, middle, and high school can take it. This comprehensive guide will go over each level of the SSAT so you can learn all about its purpose, structure, and questions. You’ll also find six useful tips for test prep. To start, let’s go over the purpose of the test.

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How to Become a Teacher: Expert Career Guide

Posted by Francesca Fulciniti | Apr 30, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Other High School, College Info

What’s more exciting than educating a new generation of students? If you’re interested in becoming a teacher and want some information about how to succeed in this profession, you’re in the right place. Here, I’ll walk you through how to become a teacher, explaining the steps you need to take in high school, college, and beyond.

First, though, I’ll touch briefly on the occupational outlook for teachers in the US - this way, you’ll be informed about projected job availability and income levels before jumping in.

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How to Find ACT Scores by High School and District

Posted by Dora Seigel | Apr 1, 2016 9:00:00 PM

ACT General Info, Other High School

Searching for the perfect high school or school district for you or your child? You've come to the right place. When looking at different high schools or different school districts, average ACT score can be a helpful comparison tool.

Average ACT score can help estimate the quality of education and quality of students at a particular high school or school district. There are a few different ways to find average ACT scores by high school or district. I’ll explain the different methods and why you should care about average high school ACT scores. 

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How to Get a Copy of Your High School Diploma: 2 Scenarios

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Dec 3, 2015 2:00:00 PM

Other High School, Coursework/GPA

Do you need a copy of your high school diploma and are wondering how to get it? Perhaps you need your diploma for a job or college, but you can’t find your original copy. High school diplomas can be required for a variety of reasons, and it’s important to have a copy of yours on hand. 

This guide will go over each step you need to follow in order to get a copy of your high school diploma, whether you graduated recently or years ago.

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What Is a GED? Should You Get One?

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Dec 3, 2015 12:00:00 PM

Other High School, Coursework/GPA

If you don't have a traditional high school diploma, you can still earn an equivalent credential by getting your GED. But what is a GED?  Basically, it's a credential that can subsitute for a high school diploma.  Since most employers (and all colleges) will require you to have graduated from high school, it's usually a good idea to get a GED if you don't complete high school. Doing so helps to ensure that you'll have access to more opportunities later in life.

In this article, I'll go through what GED stands for, the advantages this credential can give you, and how to get your GED.

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What Is the Common Core? A Straightforward Guide

Posted by Halle Edwards | Sep 26, 2015 12:30:00 PM

Other High School, Coursework/GPA

Have you heard about the Common Core? Are you asking, "what is the Common Core, exactly?" Don't worry. This post will explain what the Common Core is, why it was adopted, and how it could affect you as a student.

Why should you care? The Common Core has driven some pretty major changes to big-name standardized tests like the SAT and ACT, as well as curriculum changes within schools. So read on to discover what you’re being tested on and why! 

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The 9 Best Places to Do Community Service

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Sep 21, 2015 9:00:00 AM

Other High School, Extracurriculars

Community service is a great way to help others, as well give you valuable skills and experiences. There are a lot of ways to get involved in community service, and choosing the best place to volunteer your time can be difficult. 

Our guide gives examples of some of the top places to do community service, as well as steps to help you decide which place is best for you.

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Wait — Should You Really Do a Volunteer Abroad Program?

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Sep 20, 2015 6:00:00 PM

Other High School, Extracurriculars

Have you heard about volunteer abroad programs and are wondering if you should participate in one? Volunteer abroad programs can provide amazing experiences and the opportunity to help improve the world, but they can also be expensive, frustrating, and at times ineffective.

Read this guide to learn about potential positive and negative effects of volunteer abroad programs and to learn whether you should participate in one.

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Should You Really Get a Job as a Teen? Why and Why Not?

Posted by Francesca Fulciniti | Aug 16, 2015 5:00:00 PM

Other High School


Getting your first job is really exciting - you have real-world responsibilities, and real-word money that you earned yourself, probably for the first time. In your teen years especially, the independence that comes with a part-time job is especially appealing. You get out of the house, meet new people, forge professional connections, and make your own savings and spending decisions.

But you probably have a lot of other things on your plate as well: school, extracurricular activities, family, friends, even college applications. How do you know whether getting a job is a good idea? In this post, I’ll talk about the things you should consider before submitting those job applications. Hopefully you come away from this post with a better idea of whether getting a job is right for you. 

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ACT Aspire Practice Tests: Where to Find Free Tests

Has your school district started using ACT Aspire? Aspire rolled out quite recently, in 2014, so it's possible you have a lot of questions about what the test will be like. Want to get some practice before you take it for real?

We will give you links to free practice tests for each section of Aspire, and explain how to best prepare for the test.

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