Read This Not That: Full Fathom Five

Many of you have probably heard of author James Frey in the past. Frey authored the “memoir” A Million Little Pieces, which supposedly chronicled his battle with addiction in gut-wrenchingly graphic prose. Oprah – the literary king-maker – selected the title for her book club, launching the book to the top of the New York Times bestsellers list, where it sat…

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Posted February 23rd, 2012

Skepticism and Education: Why Grade Inflation Places Your Child at Risk

At first, grade inflation was positively received by critics. But now the truth is coming out... The rich always strive to get richer, and the NFL lockout is another perfect example of this: The super-wealthy team owners have opted to end their agreement with the players, citing “unfair” financial burdens as their reason. The disagreement essentially stems from the …

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Posted July 26th, 2011

The 2011 SAT Challenge Winners! (Update: Cash prizes and pictures now available)

Thank you and congratulations to those of you who participated in the Annual C2 SAT Challenge. We are very proud to announce that our National Grand Prize Winner, Mr. Hochan “Sonny” Kim, not only made the highest score but also made history by yielding a perfect score of 2400. This marks the first time that any student received a perfect score in the history of the…

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Posted April 25th, 2011

Summer Programs: Building a Stronger Resume in Math and Science (Part 1)

With college admissions processes growing more competitive each year, students and parents are often left wondering: What can I do to create the strongest possible college application? While good grades and test scores were once the primary deciding factors in college admissions, today’s applicants consistently have much higher grades and scores. This means that aspects …

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Posted March 28th, 2011

Advanced Degrees: Medicine

Many high school students display an intense interest in medicine at a young age. These students generally decide on a pre-med major long before they fill out their college applications. Students who are 100% committed to pursuing a medical career may wish to consider pursuing an advanced medical degree. Advanced medical degree programs generally allow students to combine …

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Posted March 2nd, 2011

The SATs: Early Preparation is Vital

Newsweek and U.S. News and World Report have unanimously declared Thomas Jefferson High School for Science Technology in Virginia to be America’s best high school. At Thomas Jefferson, the average student scores in the 98th percentile on the SAT – 600-700 points higher than the national average. This is not because all of Thomas Jefferson’s students are born geniuses…

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Posted January 6th, 2011

Personalizing the Common Application: Declaring a Major

Last week, we discussed the differences between choosing a major and choosing a school. This week, we will give guidance on whether and how to choose a major on the Common Application. To Declare or Not to Declare? How many seventeen- and eighteen-year-olds really know what they want to do for the rest of their lives? Not very many – which is why so many students wor…

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Posted November 13th, 2010

Personalizing the Common Application: Future Plans

The Common Application (Common App) is an undergraduate college application which allows students to apply to any of 415 participating schools without having to complete numerous lengthy school applications. However, even with the Common App, it is possible – even highly recommended – for students to personalize the application for each school they are applying to. In …

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Posted November 6th, 2010