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Take Note of These Important Dates

Posted by Kristen Steinbeck

Aug 6, 2017 11:02:01 PM

Is this the year you plan take the PSAT/SAT, ACT, or both? Make sure you make the registration deadlines, especially if you're a senior hoping to get the test in before sending off applications. Good luck!

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Topics: ACT test, SAT test, FAFSA, act prep, ACT, sat prep, deadlines


Use the Time You Have: College Planning During High School Summers

Posted by Kristen Steinbeck

Jun 13, 2017 2:21:59 PM

There are 168 hours in a week – 112ish waking hours. Why not use two of those hours per week this summer to work on college planning? Your older self will thank you for handling part of the load, and, come college application season, you'll be glad you did the bulk of your research when you didn't have homework and extracurriculars coming out your ears.

To make it easier to plan, we devised a to-do list for every high-school summer. Read on for tips!

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Topics: SAT test, financial aid, PSAT, ACT, college prep, college planning


Why You Should Mark Up the SAT and ACT Reading Passages

Posted by Kristen Steinbeck

Apr 28, 2017 4:46:03 PM

On the ACT and SAT reading tests, taking control of the passages is key. One way to own them is by marking up the text with notes and indicators that will not only keep you focused on the reading at hand but also make it easier to flip back from the questions and find what you’re looking for. Think of the markups as breadcrumbs that will help you find the way “home” faster—that is, if “home” is a cabin on the edge of the woods full of all the right answers.

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Topics: test taking strategies, SAT test, study skills, ACT, sat prep


Why You Should Start the College Prep Process ASAP

Posted by Allison Wignall

Dec 28, 2016 2:06:22 PM

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There is a common myth floating around that serious college prep starts junior or even senior year—but this is a dangerous mindset that could make you late to the game. In truth, there’s no year “too early” to start preparing for a college education, and we’re here to prove that!

Crunch Time

One of the biggest benefits of starting the prep process early is that you don’t leave everything to the last minute. It can be a major pain to scramble around researching different colleges, compiling applications, writing essays, filing financial aid forms, studying for the ACT or SAT/PSAT (not to mention taking them), and keeping up with regular schoolwork while application deadlines approach.

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Topics: college application, financial aid, scholarships, college visits,, college application essay, PSAT, sat, ACT, College Essay


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