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Tricks of the Trade: Plugging In

If you’re anything like my past teenage self, you may not consider yourself to be a “math person.” Your grades in math may be decent, but mathematical concepts just don’t seem to fully click. Standardized tests, then, can seem all the more intimidating since so many different topics can be…

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How to Plan for Test Registration Dates

Making plans became nearly impossible during 2020, with the coronavirus halting travel and gatherings of more than a few people. Routine standardized testing was greatly impacted as test dates were continually canceled and postponed. However, many people have begun dusting off their planners as vaccines are rolled out and restrictions…

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How To Prepare for the GRE

Applying to a master’s or PhD program? It’s time to prep for the GRE! The GRE (Graduate Regent’s Exam) is an important part of any MA/PhD application. While many people compare the GRE to the SAT/ACT, the comparison is not exact, and it’s important to know what you’re getting into…

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Making a College List (Part 2): Virtual Research

Now that you’ve had some time to think about what you want from your college experience, it’s time to do your homework. Even if you have some fairly specific ideas about what you want from a school, there’s a lot of narrowing down to do; there are over 4,000 colleges…

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Schools Reopening & Student Health

As more and more schools across the country reopen after a year dominated by the coronavirus pandemic, many students and teachers are weighing excitement with anxiety. While reopening brings exciting academic and social opportunities for students, it can also be a physically and mentally stressful time, and educators should be…

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How Can My Child Become a Better Test-Taker?

One of the most common parent concerns through the college application process is that their child has never been a “good test-taker.” While their child may work hard, and fully understand the material they’re being tested on, they struggle with the test format, or freeze up with anxiety on test…

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What You Need to Know About Early Decision & Early Action

While most students know the basics of applying to college, they may still be confused about the different ways they can apply early, or even if applying early is right for them. Over 450 colleges and universities have early admission plans, so it is likely you will run into these…

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Preparing for Grad School With a 9-to-5

So, you’re applying to grad school—congratulations! As you’ve almost certainly noticed, grad school applications and preparations are time-consuming processes that can feel like jobs in and of themselves. And if you’re like a significant portion of prospective grad students, who have waited a year or more after graduation to begin…

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Making a College List (Part 1): Knowing Yourself

It’s that time of year—for many high school juniors, spring term is the time to start thinking about where to apply to college, and making a college list. While many factors go into the final results of a college list, one of the first and most critical steps is self-reflection.…

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Tricks of the Trade: The Process of Elimination

Welcome back to another round of Tricks of the Trade, where you’ll learn insider secrets to elevate your SAT and/or ACT prep to the next level! Last time you learned when and how to guess strategically, and this week we’ll be diving into the “meat and potatoes” of test prep:…

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Helping Students Adjust Their SAT/ACT Prep Plans as Schools Reopen

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended the 2020-2021 school year across America, with schools all over the country switching to remote or hybrid learning plans. But hope is in sight; with vaccinations on the rise, many schools and school districts are reopening for full-time, in-person learning. While this is generally a…

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Planning a Virtual College Road Trip

The college road trip is an American tradition, and a part of the application process that many students look forward to. Typically during the summer between junior and senior year of high school, students and their families will drive a planned route to visit the colleges they’re planning on or…

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