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Admission

Admissions Questions for Parents, Answered

When should my child start preparing to apply for colleges? Most students begin preparing the summer before their senior year and do the majority of their application work the following fall. That being said, there is nothing wrong with becoming familiar with prospective colleges and their requirements before then. One way to get students motivated to be on top of the preparation process is to take them on college tours early in their high school careers. Seeing the bustle of student life on campus along with hearing all the requirements first hand from tour guides can help the seemingly distant

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SAT

SAT vs. ACT: 10 Key Differences

Most people have heard about both the SAT and the ACT, but what makes them distinct from each other? In this detailed SAT vs. ACT investigation, we discuss the top 10 differences between the two tests and explain what these differences mean for test takers. And in closing, we give tips to help you decide which test is right for you. At first glance, the SAT and ACT seem pretty similar. They are both nationally accredited standardized tests that are common admission requirements for schools in the United States. Taken primarily by high school juniors and seniors, they test proficiency

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SAT

The Evolution of the SAT

The SAT is always evolving. From the scoring system to the content itself, the SAT undergoes a constant process in order to retain its status as the primary standardized test for college entrance. But how did we get here, to the current version of the exam known as The Redesigned SAT? To fully answer this question, we must look back in time to 1926, when Princeton professor Carl Campbell Brigham organized the first official SATs, or formally, Scholastic Aptitude Tests. These exams were based upon the Army Alpha/Beta test used in World War I and were intended to measure reasoning skills (as opposed to

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Personal

The Personal Statement: Putting Your Best Foot Forward

What’s the point of the personal statement? The personal statement is a chance for admissions officers to know who you are beyondgrades and test scores. What exactly does this mean? Admissions officers want to gain insight into your personality and how you would be a valuable addition to their school’s community. Are you ambitious? Creative? Analytical? Inquisitive? Such qualities are difficult to glean from the mere numbers they are provided with in other parts of the application. We have all heard the phrase, “you are more than the sum of your parts.” This is true of everyone – college applicants included – although that’s easy

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College

What do colleges look for?

When you’re sending out your college applications, there’s something you should keep in mind: while they’re definitely looking for candidates who will do well in their classes, they’re also looking beyond graduation, when they get to add you to their list of alumni. So, grades and test scores are important, but do they tell admissions officers everything? And do they really indicate anything? The short answer is . . . yes, but not on their own. While a 2.5 GPA likely won’t get you into a T-10 regardless of the accomplishments you may have up your sleeve, a 3.5 (having

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