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

10 Grammar Mistakes That Hurt College Apps (and all other writing…)

Between SAT practice essays, ACT practice essays, and college admission essays, C2 Education’s staff see a lot of student writing samples — and a lot of grammar mistakes! Sometimes the mistakes are forgivable — “accomodate” instead of “accommodate” (a mistake even some hotels make on their websites) — but others are much worse grammar offenses that make me …

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Posted September 17th, 2013

Top 5 College Application Essay Clichés

A survey of our students has revealed that one of the most feared and most difficult parts of the college application process is the college admission essay. This is hardly surprising – after all, the college essay is unlike any other writing assignment that most students have come across. English courses tend to overlook narrative writing, leaving many students confused…

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Posted July 24th, 2013

The Year of the MOOC: How One Weird Acronym Can Help You Get Into Your Dream College

MOOC may read like something a drunken cow would utter, but these Massive Open Online Courses might be just the ticket to help you get into your dream college. MOOCs are massive, online college courses that are usually offered free of charge. Although they don’t typically provide college credit, knowledge-seekers around the world are taking advantage of these free cou…

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Posted January 31st, 2013

What Do PSAT Scores Really Mean?

It’s that time of year again: The Christmas carols are playing, you’re showered in holiday sale fliers, and the weather is turning colder. Oh, and if you’ve got a high school kid, your child’s PSAT scores have probably been released. If your child took the PSAT in October (students usually take the test in 10th and/or 11th grade), then the score reports should h…

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Posted December 14th, 2012