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Allison Wignall
Allison is the Associate Editor of College Raptor. In addition to writing and editing posts, she also works on marketing and special projects. She recently graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor's degree in English: Creative Writing.

How to Stay Organized During the College Application Process

A lot goes into a college application: the essay, the transcript, the various forms, the fees, the test scores, the letters of recommendation, potentially a college visit and interview, and of course the effort. And since most high school graduates apply to multiple schools, things can get a little hectic to say the least. So, …

The Difference Between the ACT and SAT Writing Tests

With its recent makeover, the SAT’s writing test is now optional, just like it’s ACT counterpart. Other than that, the two have more differences than similarities. From timing, to prompts, to grading, here’s how the two essays differ. Timed Writing Like the other sections of the tests, the ACT / SAT essay is timed. However, …

What Does “Co-Signing” a Loan Mean?

When applying for a student loan, many are asked to have a co-signer. A co-signer shares the responsibility of ensuring the loan is repayed (and on time). Essentially, if the student who is taking out the loan cannot—for whatever reason—repay, it’s up to the co-signer to do it for them. Many students who are taking …

What Will I Experience on a College Tour?

Visiting a campus is a great way to determine which schools rate highly on your list. Physically standing at the heart of campus, seeing the dorms, and touring the school buildings can give you a sense of what that college feels like. For many students, the prospect of college becomes “real” for them while taking …

How to Choose the Best Teacher for a Letter of Recommendation

Some scholarships or college applications will require you to submit a letter of recommendation—or even three! These letters, written by teachers, faculty, or adult leaders in your community, are a way to show the college/scholarship sponsor just who you are as a student. But how do you pick which teacher you should ask? Should you …

Avoid These ACT/SAT Exam Day Mistakes

When it comes to taking either the ACT or the SAT (or both), you should take advantage of every kind of preparation. Studying, taking practice tests, and attending review sessions are a few excellent ways to prepare, but there are other, subtler things that can also help—especially when it comes to the big day itself. …

Common Mistakes to Avoid on Your College Applications

There certainly is a lot that goes into an application: a cover letter, grade transcripts, ACT/SAT scores, an essay, letters of recommendation, and so on and so forth. It can be a bit tricky cobbling all of the materials together without a single mistake. We’re here to help you discover common mistakes you want to …