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3 Reasons Grammar Isn’t Important for the SAT Essay

Posted on Thursday, September 18th, 2014 under Academics, Applying to College, Testing

A person filling out a bubble test sheet.

Tackling the SAT and all of its separate parts can be a little bit daunting. However, our friends at Magoosh have provided us with a few reasons as to why you may not need to sweat the small stuff on the SAT essay portion as much as you may think.

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3 Steps to Dominating the SAT

Posted on Wednesday, June 18th, 2014 under Academics, Applying to College, Testing

Student taking test

Students dream of dominating the SAT, but what does that really mean? I’ll tell you:

dominate (v) – have a commanding influence on; exercise control over.

If you want to have a commanding influence on the SAT, and more specifically, on your success, there are certain steps you need to take. To exercise control over yourself and the test, here are three steps to follow.

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3 Reasons to Translate Your Academic Documents

Posted on Monday, April 28th, 2014 under Academics, Applying to College, International Students, Internships, Jobs, Study Abroad, Translation

cap and diploma

Are you thinking of heading abroad to study or for a permanent move? There might be more in store for you than just dealing with culture shock!

There are a lot of steps involved in the process of moving your life to a new country and culture, but translation of academic documents isn’t necessarily the first thing that comes to mind.

However, a language barrier could stand in your way if you’re looking to register at a local school or university.

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Reviewing the SAT Changes for Spring 2016

Posted on Tuesday, March 25th, 2014 under Applying to College, News, Testing

students studying SAT

If you plan to take the SAT in the next few years, you should be aware of some major changes that will come into effect in spring 2016.

The College Board recently announced that everything from the format of the test to the maximum score would be changing. The SAT redesign is part of an effort to help students in all parts of the world.

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How Not to Study for the SAT

Posted on Tuesday, March 18th, 2014 under Academics, Applying to College, Testing

student study SAT

You’re all set. You borrowed a dog-eared copy of some SAT book from your friend. You got the entire weekend to study before the test. You’ll do every question you can get your hands on. And you’ll cram the night before the test.

What could go wrong?

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How to Pass the Time as You Await College Decisions

Posted on Tuesday, February 18th, 2014 under Applying to College, International Students

foreign language flags

If you are an international student who has applied to US schools, you have probably found that waiting to hear about college admissions decisions can be hard.

That’s why we have some ideas for how to make good use of your time while you await college decisions from US schools.

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US College Admissions Tips for International Students

Posted on Thursday, January 23rd, 2014 under Applying to College, International Students

foreign language flags

Becoming an international student in the US can be a daunting process.

So, you might be relieved to hear that many US colleges are thrilled when international applicants express their interest in attending their school.

Just take these tips into account before you start the college admissions process as an international student.

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10 Colleges That Offer the Most Financial Aid to International Students

Posted on Monday, December 23rd, 2013 under Applying to College, Choosing a College, College Rankings, International Students, Money, Paying for College

Stanford University

According to a US news report, 10 colleges go above and beyond in offering financial aid to international students.

International students are not eligible for US federal aid programs, though some state schools will offer in-state tuition to international students. Usually, though, attending college in the US is a very costly option for international students.

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What You Should Know About Holistic Admissions

Posted on Wednesday, December 11th, 2013 under Applying to College, High School, International Students

UC San Diego

If you don’t like the idea of being judged on your test scores and grade point average alone, holistic admissions should give you some peace of mind about your college application.

That’s because the schools that use a holistic admissions process pay attention to any special interests, rare talents, and even personality traits that you portray in your application, interview and essay.

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Top 10 US States for International Students

Posted on Wednesday, December 4th, 2013 under Applying to College, Choosing a College, College Rankings, International Students

University of Maryland, Baltimore County

The amount of international students in the US has increased 7.2 percent since last year, according to the 2013 Open Doors Report from the Institute of International Education.

New international student enrollment also had a very large jump from the previous year; 250,920 international students enrolled at a US institution for the first time in fall 2012. This is a 9.8 percent increase from the previous year’s enrollment of 228,467.

However, international students are not equally dispersed across the United States.

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Minimum TOEFL Scores at Top English-Speaking Universities

Posted on Monday, November 18th, 2013 under Applying to College, Choosing a College, International Students, Learning English, Testing

Stanford University

The TOEFL is an exam that tests your ability to speak, write, read and listen to English as a college student.

In fact, TOEFL stands for “Test of English as a Foreign Language.”

Many English-speaking colleges require international students to take this exam before the admissions process, so it is a good idea to find out what kind of scores you are expected to get on the TOEFL.

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What Is the TOEFL?

Posted on Wednesday, July 10th, 2013 under Applying to College, International Students, Learning English

toefl

Do you have any idea what the TOEFL is? TOEFL is an acronym for Test of English as a Foreign Language. Its purpose is to determine how well you can read, write, speak and listen to the English language.

If you are a foreign student hoping to go to college in the US, you should familiarize yourself with this exam because you will likely be required to take it.

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An Intro to College Fairs

Posted on Friday, June 14th, 2013 under Applying to College, Choosing a College

campus fair

Today’s post is by campus correspondent Barbara Montano. Find out how you can become a ULS campus correspondent, too! College fairs are an important part of the college search process. What better way to get to know a college than through its representatives? They can tell you a lot about the college or university you […]

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Why College Tours Are So Important

Posted on Thursday, April 18th, 2013 under Applying to College, Campus Correspondents, Choosing a College

college tour

“Campus Conundrums”

I am amazed at the variety of experiences I’ve had touring colleges. The first thing I learned was that visiting a college in person is a totally different ball game than browsing a college’s website.

For example, I thought UC Santa Cruz was right on the ocean! It turns out that Santa Cruz is called the “City Upon the Hill” by its neighbors because it sits, literally, atop a hill overlooking the gorgeous bay and is surrounded on all sides by national parks.

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A High School Resume

Posted on Monday, January 14th, 2013 under Applying to College, High School, Jobs

Student with resume

A resume is important to have even if you are still in high school and not looking for a job.

In fact, a high school resume can still include lots of information that tells readers about your life.

You might be surprised by how much information you can add to your resume, even if you have no job experience.

Learn how to maximize the experience you already have.

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