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college applications

Are Extracurriculars Important for College Applications?

Wondering if extracurriculars are important for college applications? The short answer is YES! While you can definitely get into schools without them, you will have a much easier time getting into more competitive colleges with them. It could even be a deciding factor in those competitive schools. Here’s what you need to know. The Benefits …
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ACT & SAT

How to Budget for Test Prep

Whether you’re taking an SAT, an ACT, or an AP Exam, it’s going to cost you a little bit of money. It’s essential to budget for them so it doesn’t end up costing you more than it has to. There are even ways you may be able to save some cash if you feel the …
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The Benefits of Choosing to Attend a Safety School

If you applied to safety, match, and reach schools, you most likely received an acceptance letter from your safeties. Even if you received acceptance letters from other colleges, you might actually want to consider attending your safety school. Here are the benefits of choosing to attend a safety school.  You’ll Most Likely Be Ahead of …
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What To Do If You’re Waitlisted by a College

Getting waitlisted by a college can be disappointing, but remember it’s not a rejection. It also gives you a chance to reassess your college choices and decide the best route for you for the next four (or so) years. Here’s what to do if you’re waitlisted by a college. Step #1: Decide If You Want …
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Narrowing College Lists: Consider an Outside Perspective

When crafting your college list, you’re usually talking to people in your “inner circle” including your immediate family and your friends. However, when you’re narrowing down your school choices, you may want to go outside of this zone a little bit and consider some other perspectives. Here are some people you can talk to about …
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ACT & SAT

How To Get In Test Prep Practice With A Busy Schedule

Preparing for the SAT and ACT takes time. It can take several months to be really prepared to ace these tests. Unfortunately, time in a luxury when you’re in high school. Your schedule is already packed with school work, homework, assignments, and searching for scholarships and colleges. Then of course, there’s life. It’s important to …
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When Should I Have My Final College Choice?

The college search and application processes are long journeys. Between researching, visiting, applying, and comparing, it can feel like you ran a marathon. Deciding on your final college choice is the home stretch. Wondering, “When Should I Have My Final College Choice?” We’ll answer that question and more here. Timeline for Narrowing College Choices This …
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Do Freshman Grades Matter For College Admissions?

As a freshman, college is still four long years away. Should you really be worrying about getting good grades for college admission already? Do colleges actually check a student’s grades all the way back from freshman year? If you’re just entering freshman year, you should know that this is the right time to start working …
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Extracurricular Activities Benefits For College Applications

From your high school teachers to your parents, everyone stresses the importance of extracurricular activities and their benefits. But how exactly do they help your college application? College admissions are highly competitive. Sometimes a good academic record just isn’t enough to get you accepted, especially into some of the top-notch schools. This is where extracurricular …
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ACT & SAT

How To Do Daily SAT And ACT Preparation

Preparing for the SAT and ACT is quite different from preparing for other high school tests. You can’t cram for these exams at the last minute. You have to set aside a few hours every week starting a few months before the test date. Besides these larger chunks of prep time, setting aside a few …