10 Great College Application Essay Tips: Take Your Essay from Blah to Awesome

  Sometimes the blinking cursor on the screen can seem like a curse (pun intended). It just keeps flashing, on and off, on and off, mocking you. Never is this truer than when you’re trying to start your college admission essay, a high-stakes writing task unlike anything you’ve ever had to write before. Don’t let the blinking cursor get you down – we’ve g…

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Posted July 11th, 2017

Social Media and College Admissions: How to Get Kicked Out of Harvard in One Easy Step

  This week, Harvard College rescinded admissions offers to ten prospective students after discovering some truly terrible social media behavior. This should serve as a reminder to all students that what you do online is never private and it never goes away. In a “private” group chat that was spun off of the Harvard Class of 2021 Facebook group, the stu…

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Posted June 15th, 2017

15 Top Summer Programs for High School Students Still Accepting Applications

  Although summer break seems pretty far off, students who plan to use their summers wisely need to start making plans now. Summer offers a lot of unique opportunities for college-bound students to explore their options, familiarize themselves with college life, and boost their college applications. While application deadlines for a lot of programs have already pas…

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Posted March 23rd, 2017

College Admission News Roundup: February, 2017

  Whether your college applications are still months or years away, or whether you’re scrambling to meet a looming application deadline, here are two great articles about college admissions to check out: What the People Who Read Your College Application Really Think, NPR NPR looks behind the curtain at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachuset…

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Posted February 24th, 2017

5 College Admissions Tips

    5 College Admissions Tips 1. Show Interest! If you have the grades, test scores, and other qualifications for admission, sometimes the thing that pushes your application over the edge is your interest in the school. Colleges are ranked in part based on how many admitted applicants actually enroll, so if you’re well qualified but you haven’t demonstr…

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Posted November 21st, 2016

Applying to College Early: Is It Worth It?

Many students will start applying to college as early as next month through a variety of early application programs. But before you submit that early application, be sure to consider all of your options. Early Action vs. Early Decision: What's the Difference? The biggest difference between early action and early decision programs is your obligation: With early action prog…

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Posted October 9th, 2015

The Old vs. New PSAT

Comparison of the Major Features: Pre-2015 PAT/NMSQT Redesigned PSAT/NMSQT Total Testing Time* 2 hours and 10 minutes 2 hours and 45 minutes* Components 1. Critical Reading 2. Writing 3. Mathematics 1.Evidence-Based Reading and Writing • Reading Test • Writing and Language Test 2.Math Important Features: • Emphasis on general reasoning skil…

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Posted August 29th, 2015

How Changes to the ACT and SAT Will Affect You

The next few years will be full of changes for college-bound high school students because many of the exams that these students take will be revised – if not completely redesigned! Changes at ACT, Inc. ACT, Inc. is making many changes to their tests. First up is the elimination of the PLAN and EXPLORE tests, which are part of the ACT line of assessments. Both P…

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Posted January 9th, 2014

Last Minute Tips for Writing a Better College Application Essay

With just a few weeks to go before early action deadlines hit, we’ve been reviewing A LOT of college application essays. Some are great, some merely good, and some…well, some need quite a bit of work. To help you get your college admission essay ready for submission, we’ve compiled some of the most common advice that we’ve been giving to our students this ye…

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Posted October 19th, 2013

Common App V.4 Glitches and How to Avoid Them

The much heralded Common App V.4 (CA4) went into effect early last month. In the months leading up to the release of the new application, we wrote about some of the changes and offered a webinar to go over the new format (the webinar is available On Demand in our Webinar Catalog). Now, several weeks into the new application, it’s apparent that the new Common App has a…

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Posted September 19th, 2013