College Early Decision Is Not For Everyone. Is It Right For You?

Early decision means you have to submit your application in October or early November. This is several months before the regular application dates. Understanding the pros and cons of applying early decision will help you make a more informed decision. Advantages of Applying Early Decision Applying early decision increases your chances of getting admission into …

Do You Sign Up For Freshman Classes At Orientation?

Registering for freshman classes can be both exciting and challenging. Some students find it simply overwhelming to navigate their way through all of the classes offered and make a decision. Fortunately, most colleges organize the orientation in a way that makes it easier for new students to make informed decisions and sign up for freshman …

What is the Common Black College Application?

The Common Application is well-known and well-used when it comes to applying to colleges. The Common Black College Application (CBCA) is a similar process with some key features. Whereas most of the time you pay application fees to each college you submit an application to, the Common Black College App allows you to apply to …

Do Teacher Recommendations Really Make A Difference To Your College Admission Chances?

It may not seem like teacher recommendations will make any difference to your college admission chances. After all, you have submitted your high school grades and a personal essay along with information about your extracurricular activities and that should be enough for admissions officers to evaluate your application. So why do colleges ask for teacher …

Should You Write About Money in Your College Essay?

There are several stories online about students who impressed colleges with their outstanding college essays that revolved around money. However, what you don’t read about are the thousands of college essays about money that failed to serve their purpose. So don’t get blindly swayed by these news articles and success stories. Writing about money can …

Is the New SAT Easier Than the Old SAT?

As many of you know, the SAT underwent a huge redo in March of 2016. The administrators changed  a number of aspects of the exam, including the formatting and content. However, is the new version easier than the old SAT? In many ways, it is. No More Subject Jumping In prior editions of the multiple …

Should I Take Both the PreACT and the PSAT?

When you’re in your sophomore and junior years, you may be starting to decide whether you’ll be taking the SAT or the ACT for your college applications. This should also be the time you’re signing up for the prep exams: the PreACT and the PSAT. While many students might only take one or the other, …

What is the TOEFL?

If you live in the United States or another English majority speaking country, it’s quite possible you’ve never heard of the TOEFL. It stands for Test of English as a Foreign Language. However, if English wasn’t your first language, you may have to take it to attend a college in another country. Here are the …

Should I Take Both the ACT and SAT?

We’ve discussed some of the pros and cons of taking the ACT and SAT. Recent statistics show that many high school students—especially those applying to more exclusive schools—are taking both tests. But statistics cannot make a decision for you, especially when it is not necessary to take both standardized tests. Here are some questions you …