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    How Will College be Different From High School?

    How Will College be Different From High School?
    You’ve read the books, you’ve heard the advice, and you think you have a fair enough handle on what to expect when you get to college. Sure, you may have heard all the advice about hectic schedules and immense freedom, but there are some things that the experts just can’t tell you. Like how, now that you’re responsible for your own ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +31
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    Can Colleges Take Back Their Offers?

    Can Colleges Take Back Their Offers?
    You're halfway through your senior year and you've been accepted into the college of your dreams when suddenly everything goes awry. One slight misstep and you begin to wonder: Have I really risked everything I've ever worked for because of one silly mistake? Is this possible or is it an urban legend? Students often wonder: once accepted into a college, is ...
    Published 10 months ago | Rated: +17
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    Are test-preparation courses worth the cost?

    Are test-preparation courses worth the cost?
    Test preparation services like Kaplan and Princeton Review can achieve significant improvements in test scores, partly by teaching test-taking skills, partly by reviewing the material covered by the tests and partly through practice drills. Improvements of about 50-100 points on the SAT are typical. According to College Board data, students who take the PSAT have SAT scores that are 25 to ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +16
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    Preparing for the SAT/ACT

    Preparing for the SAT/ACT
    The SAT and ACT measure what you have learned over the course of many years. While no amount of cramming can turn a 200 into an 800, organized preparation can go a long way. With books, videos, software and prep courses, you have options for getting the help you need. Free Materials Start with the free publications available at your high ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +11
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    America’s Top 10 Community Colleges

    America’s Top 10 Community Colleges
    Community colleges are often forgotten in rankings. But, why? It really doesn't make sense, considering nearly half of America’s undergraduate students attend community colleges. They’re important, not only to students, but to the economy as well – training and providing education to prepare students for either a four-year school or a bright career path. Bankrate ranked America’s top two-year community colleges ...
    Published about 1 year ago | Rated: +26
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    15 Crazy College Application Essay Questions

    15 Crazy College Application Essay Questions
    College application essays don’t have to be a drag – and these schools prove it. They’ve created some of the most outlandish, thought-provoking and original essay questions out there. Here are the 15 schools that think outside the box, when it comes to admissions essay, with some examples of our favorite questions they’re asking on The Common Application this year. Now, ...
    Published 10 months ago | Rated: +20
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    Getting Into College with Bad Grades

    Getting Into College with Bad Grades
    Have bad grades? Believe it or not, it’s not always the end-all, be-all in terms of gaining entry into the college of your dreams. Don’t give up! Attempt to combat your admissions struggle by considering these helpful tips: Submit an explanation (in certain cases) - First, consider why your grades were, um, less than stellar. College admissions officers don’t want to ...
    Published about 1 year ago | Rated: +32
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    Test Day Dos and Don'ts

    Test Day Dos and Don'ts
    ACT, SAT, PSAT - little words that cause big anxiety. If you're getting ready to apply for college, then you know what these tests can mean to your applications. Follow these simple test-taking strategies to get your angst under control. [gate] Know your test. Make sure you know the format and scoring standards of your test ahead of time. Take a ...
    Published almost 2 years ago | Rated: +43
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    Graduate School Application Deadline

    Graduate School Application Deadline
    A good plan is essential when applying to graduate school. Use FastWeb’s timeline to help you find out what you should be doing and when you should be doing it. Junior Year: Keep your grades up. Don’t allow your plans for graduate school to take your mind off of your first priority: success in your undergraduate courses. Your grade point average ...
    Published almost 6 years ago | Rated: +18
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    Last-Minute PSAT Prep

    Last-Minute PSAT Prep
    Test day is fast approaching, but there's still time to study. Whether you're well-prepared, semi-prepared or not at all prepared, we have several last-minute prep strategies that can help you boost your score. Your Preparedness Level: "PSAT? What PSAT?" With limited time, the best way to prepare is to use a PSAT review book. Kaplan and Princeton Review offer books on ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +14
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    Summer SAT/ACT Prep You Can Do at the Beach

    Summer SAT/ACT Prep You Can Do at the Beach
    Summer break may be on the horizon, but don’t forget that the standardized tests are, too! Whether you’re taking the SAT or ACT for the first, second or third time around, you still need to start preparing as early as possible. Your summer break is the perfect time to brush up on your testing skills. This, however, does not mean you ...
    Published 7 months ago | Rated: +47
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    Standardized Test Checklist

    Standardized Test Checklist
    Hopefully, you’ve already been studying for your upcoming standardized tests for many weeks and months. But even hours of preparation can be undone on test day by forgetting a calculator or losing the testing center’s address. Mapping out the details beforehand (i.e. what to bring and what not to bring) will ensure you do your very best on test day. Here’s a ...
    Published almost 2 years ago | Rated: +46
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    How to Fail an Exam

    How to Fail an Exam
    If you don’t care about your college career or passing your exams, feel free to follow these steps, so you can develop poor test-taking habits and start to fail all of your quizzes, midterms and final exams. From there, you can be sure to fail pretty much all of your classes. We’re not really sure why that would be your goal ...
    Published 8 months ago | Rated: +30
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    How an MBA Can Help You

    How an MBA Can Help You
    Credibility. Confidence. A big-picture perspective. Appreciation for other points of view. That's what MBAs say when asked what the degree has done for them. "It gave me a broad perspective of the business world. How the economy works [and] how my industry works," says Susan Odegaard Turner, founder of Thousand Oaks, California-based consultancy Turner Healthcare Associates. Her MBA, from California Lutheran ...
    Published almost 6 years ago | Rated: +19
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    Beat the SAT Jitters

    Beat the SAT Jitters
    Q: “I get so nervous before a test. What can I do?” A: “The first time I took the SAT, I was so nervous, I couldn’t even remember what year it was,” says Lindy Robinson, who graduated in 2005 from the Detroit Country Day School in Michigan. “I’m not kidding! My hands began to shake right before time was called, and ...
    Published almost 6 years ago | Rated: +40
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    10 Things You Should Do Before Studying Abroad

    10 Things You Should Do Before Studying Abroad
    Studying abroad can be a fun experience and many students dream of leaving the country, but there’s more to it than getting on an airplane. Here are a few things you should think about before you pack your bags. Visas, passports and other official documentation. Whether you’re studying abroad through a school-sponsored exchange program, or enrolling abroad on your own, you ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +28
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    What is Early Decision/Early Action?

    What is Early Decision/Early Action?
    You've written the college essay, signed the application and sealed the envelope, all before the deadline. Now, you'll spend the next four months wondering if you'll be accepted to the college you love, or if you'll need to rely on your safety school. Fortunately, many schools permit students to apply for "early decision" or "early action." Both options allow students to ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: +51
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    Ten Questions for Parents to Ask When Considering a College Offer

    Ten Questions for Parents to Ask When Considering a College Offer
    “If there’s one mistake my students make [when choosing a college], it’s not listening to their parents,” says Bruce Hammond, director of college counseling at Sandia Preparatory School in Albuquerque, N.M., contributing editor to the The Fiske Guide to Colleges 2006 and author of Discounts and Deals at the Nation's 360 Best Colleges. Parents can often balance the excitement students ...
    Published over 1 year ago | Rated: +17
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    Common College Application Mistakes

    The best mistakes are those you learn from. Below, guidance counselors and admissions counselors from around the country reveal the most common college application errors. Follow Directions A lot of mistakes can be easily avoided by following directions. All college applications may look the same, but read the directions carefully — they can be quite different. Keep a sharp lookout for ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Top Ten Myths about Study Abroad

    Top Ten Myths about Study Abroad
    Thinking you might want to study abroad? For some, it’ll prove to be one of the most rewarding, life-enhancing experiences of their college careers. For others -- well, they’ll enjoy the fish and chips, but that’s about all. This week, visiting blogger Sara Dumont, director of the Study Abroad Program at American University, explores the 10 most common misconceptions about ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +39
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