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Taking the PSAT and Qualifying for the National Merit Scholarship Program

Here's some tips on taking the PSAT ACT & SAT
Every October, over 1.5 million students are taking the PSAT/NMSQT. The Preliminary SAT is also the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Some key things to know about this test: The PSAT/NMSQT tests critical reading, math and writing skills and has a maximum score of 240. Students who score high enough could qualify for the National …
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8 Awesome Organizations that Help Low-Income Students Get to College

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Nowadays, college degrees are more important than ever. Data estimates that by 2020 65% of job offerings will require a college degree. And with college grads averaging a salary double than that of their non-degree-holding counterparts, getting that higher-level education is essential. But getting into, paying for, and graduating from college is also no easy …
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9 Tips for Overcoming Test Anxiety and Crushing the ACT or SAT

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Test anxiety is something that many college-bound students experience. Even though test scores are just one piece of the college admissions puzzle, many students worry about taking the SAT and ACT. For many students, anxiety comes from low confidence. The best way to combat low confidence before a test is to prepare. Here are some …
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Why Test Scores Matter in College Admissions

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Test scores still matter. Even as more colleges are going test-optional, they are still very important in college admissions. In addition, just because a college does not use test scores when making admissions decisions, they may need test scores for other reasons. Here are seven ways they are used in the college admissions process: 1. …
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Why Volunteering Matters for College Admissions

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Among the many questions I field regarding the college admissions process, one of them is among the most popular: “Is it important that I do volunteering work while I am in high school?” The short answer is: Yes, it does matter. However, like many things in the admissions process, there is more substance to that …
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Should I Take IB Classes in High School? How to Determine if International Baccalaureate Courses Are Right For You

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International Baccalaureate, or IB, classes, are a bit like AP classes, but not entirely. It depends on a lot of factors if you should take an IB class in high school. We’ll highlight those factors below. Students may be confused when they have the opportunity to choose between IB and Advanced Placement (AP) courses. Here …
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Should I Take AP Classes? How to Decide if Advanced Placement Courses Are Right for You

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If college is a possibility for you, you should consider taking Advanced Placement courses (AP) if your high school offers them. There are many advantages to taking more challenging classes. In addition to possibly giving you an edge in college admissions, the courses could also have a positive effect on your college life. It can …
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College Prep Checklists: What Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors Can Do to Stay on Track (Free Download)

Check out our college prep checklists to help you stay on track through your freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior year of high school college applications
With so much going on during your high school career, it can sometimes be hard to know if you are on track for college. We created these college prep checklists to help students and parents navigate their path to college and know what steps they should be taking each year to prepare for college and …
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How Many Extracurricular Activities Should I Be Doing? Is More, More? Or Is More, Less?

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A common conversation I have with prospective students and families is related to extracurricular activities. Parents rightfully boast about their child’s involvement with this, that, and the other. Meanwhile, the student worries that they either doing too much or not enough. The latter thought from the student can become a troubling one as it causes …
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