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The Importance of Official SAT & ACT Practice Materials

Posted on Friday, May 20th, 2016 under Applying to College, High School, Testing

prepping with offical act and sat practice materials

The difference between official questions and non-official questions might not be that obvious to someone without much training. However, no matter who you are, you will benefit from using official material.

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The Simple Trick to Writing Amazing Admission Essays

Posted on Thursday, May 12th, 2016 under Applying to College, High School, Summer

summer writing exercises for college-bound students

One of the most important aspects of any college application is the personal statement. For many students, this is also the most challenging. But it doesn’t have to be! The trick is to just start writing and exploring every day.

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How to Explain Your International School Curriculum

Posted on Monday, May 9th, 2016 under Applying to College, High School, International Students, Translation

tips to help you explain your school curriculum to US colleges

If you’re an international student applying to US colleges, you likely have a long list of things to do to prepare your application. Explaining the curriculum of your school should be one of those tasks.

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The Winning Combination to Unlocking a Productive Summer

Posted on Friday, April 29th, 2016 under Applying to College, High School, Internships, Jobs, Summer

student summer job

One of the questions I’m most often asked is, “What should I do over the summer to impress colleges?”

Here’s the problem: All students are unique and have varying interests. What’s most impressive to college admissions committees is when they see someone with a summer experience that does BOTH of the following.

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Deciding Where to Go to College: The May 1 Deadline

Posted on Thursday, March 24th, 2016 under Applying to College, Choosing a College

how to choose a college

It’s almost May 1, which means college applicants throughout the US and around the world are trying to decide which school to attend before the deadline. Have you mind up your mind? Consider these five questions first!

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5 Great Things About the New SAT

Posted on Monday, March 7th, 2016 under Applying to College, Current Events, Testing

taking the new SAT

With the new SAT just debuted, many are anxious about the changes. But there is a lot of good news about the test. In fact, after reading this you might want to sign up for the next available test, rather than wait and fret.

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So You’ve Been Waitlisted…Now What?

Posted on Monday, February 1st, 2016 under Applying to College

college waitlisted

When you’ve been waiting months for an official acceptance or rejection from a college, it can be disheartening to get waitlisted instead. The good news is, just because you’ve been waitlisted doesn’t mean you have to sit around doing nothing. There are still ways for you to help increase your chances of admission.

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High School Extracurriculars: 3 Ways to Shine

Posted on Saturday, December 12th, 2015 under Applying to College, High School

art class

If you’re a college hopeful worried that your application still has a few holes in it, there’s no question about it: it’s time to start signing up for some extracurricular activities while you’re still in high school.

But there are a few things to keep in mind to make sure you go about joining and participating in these activities in the right way. Learn what they are, and how to make the most of your extracurricular college experience.

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Taking a Gap Year: Is It Right for You?

Posted on Sunday, November 22nd, 2015 under Applying to College, Money, Paying for College

Oyem, Gabon

Taking a gap year allows students to save money, do volunteer work and get some life experience before enrolling in college. But a gap year isn’t for everyone. How do you know if taking a gap year is right for you?

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How to Transfer Colleges as an International Student

Posted on Monday, November 16th, 2015 under Applying to College, International Students, Moving

transferring colleges

If the US school you’re attending as an international student isn’t right for you, transferring colleges may a good decision. But before you make any moves, it’s important that you know the right steps to take when it comes to transferring colleges.

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How to Get a Letter of Recommendation for US Colleges

Posted on Monday, October 19th, 2015 under Applying to College, International Students, Translation

letter of recommendation

As you apply to US colleges, getting a great letter of recommendation should be part of your to-do list. If you’re struggling with this task, just follow these tips to get a great letter of recommendation — stress free!

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The Benefits of Community College for International Students

Posted on Monday, October 19th, 2015 under Applying to College, Choosing a College, International Students, Learning English, Living in the US, Paying for College

benefits of community college

Less expensive tuition, relaxed English proficiency requirements and the ability to easily transfer to another school convince many international students to attend a US community college.

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Beyond the Ivy League for International Students

Posted on Monday, September 14th, 2015 under Applying to College, Choosing a College

Ivy League

Ivy League schools aren’t for everyone. Luckily the United States has hundreds of superb colleges and universities, and with a little research you can find the one that meets your need and budget.

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SAT & ACT Optional Colleges and Universities

Posted on Thursday, September 10th, 2015 under Applying to College, Choosing a College, Testing

High school testing

Not a great standardized test taker? That’s okay – more than 850 US colleges have SAT and ACT optional policies, including many well-known schools across the country. But watch out — if you don’t meet certain criteria, you may have to take one of the tests anyway.

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US News and World Report Rankings: Best Liberal Arts Colleges 2016

Posted on Wednesday, September 9th, 2015 under Applying to College, Choosing a College, College Rankings

best liberal arts colleges

If you’re just beginning the college search, you might be feeling slightly overwhelmed by your choices. One place to start is the US News and World Report’s annual college rankings. Check out what liberal arts colleges placed in the top 25 for 2016.

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