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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 about 6 years ago | Rated: +11
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    College Planning for High School Seniors

    College Planning for High School Seniors
    It's your final year of high school, which is not only the time to celebrate your achievements but bulk up your resume and course schedule to show colleges and universities that you're a worthy candidate. Senior year is easily the most overwhelming for high school students but staying organized will guarantee a solid finish, a good chance at your top choice ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +47
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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 over 5 years ago | Rated: +18
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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 over 1 year ago | Rated: +43
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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 about 6 years ago | Rated: +14
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    11 College Courses You MUST Take

    11 College Courses You MUST Take
    Your college will require you to take core undergraduate courses, which can either become very useful for your future or a series of generic lectures that you will not find the slightest bit beneficial. The latter is rather unfortunate but it should not turn you off to the idea of taking courses outside of your major altogether. In fact, having a ...
    Published 7 months ago | Rated: +25
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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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    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 6 months ago | Rated: +47
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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 over 5 years ago | Rated: +19
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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 over 1 year ago | Rated: +45
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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 about 6 years ago | Rated: +28
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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 over 5 years ago | Rated: +40
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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 6 months ago | Rated: +30
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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 about 3 years ago | Rated: +51
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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 almost 6 years ago | Rated: +2
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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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    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 11 months ago | Rated: +32
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    Find the Perfect Graduate School

    Find the Perfect Graduate School
    Whether you just finished your undergraduate work or have been in the job market for years, pursuing an advanced degree can further your academic and career goals. Your focus of study is more specific than when you entered your undergraduate college, and so will the process of selecting a graduate program. Consider these areas while searching for your perfect graduate program: ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: +15
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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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