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    How to Excel at the SAT and ACT
    In the previous chapter of the Ultimate College Prep Guide we discussed the importance of standardized tests. We laid out some questions to help you figure out which exam your student should take, as well as whether they should take the essay portion of the exam. Now that your student knows which exam to take, they...
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    What Are the SAT and ACT and Why Do They Matter
    In the previous chapter of the Ultimate College Prep Guide, we discussed the importance of recommendation letters and how they provide a unique perspective on your student. Choosing the right teachers and helping them to write a strong recommendation can really give your student's application the leg up it needs to stand out. In this chapter...
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    GPA Calculation for College Admissions
    What is a GPA, and how do you do a GPA calculation? If you are a high school student, you have a GPA, but nobody would blame you for not knowing exactly what it is or how it is determined. As you get closer to applying to college, you should understand what your GPA is and...
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    Guidance Counselors, Financial Aid, and Majors: College Radar
    Want to get the College Radar by email? Sign up here. Here's what we're reading this week in the world of college admissions: High school guidance counselors can help seniors. Steeped in the admissions process fall after fall, guidance counselors are sure-handed resources for seniors applying to college. When senior year kicks off, requirements like teacher recommendations and submitting...
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    College Radar: Early Decision, Deadlines, Division III Sports
    Want to get the College Radar by email? Sign up here. Here's what's going on this week in the world of college admissions: November 1st is the Early Action and Early Decision deadline for many colleges. Some seniors choose to get started two months before the Regular Decision deadline to get a jumpstart on admissions and to...
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    College Lists, Safety Schools, and Football: College Radar
    Want to get the College Radar by email? Sign up here. Here's what's going on this week in the world of college admissions:   With a little bit over three months until Regular Decision applications are due, seniors need to figure out what colleges they’re going to apply to. They need to make a college list. There are 1,845...
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    Most Recent Podcasts
    How to Submit the FAFSA and Save Time, Energy, and Money
    Listen to Paying for College: The FAFSA, from the College Radar Podcast. Subscribe to the College Radar Podcast via iTunes. In today's episode of the College Radar Podcast, host Ben Flores talks about one major part of paying for college: the FAFSA. The FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and it's required to apply...
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    The Difference Between Applying Regular Decision, Early Action, and Early Decision
    Listen to The Difference Between Applying Regular Decision, Early Action, and Early Decision from the College Radar Podcast. Subscribe to the College Radar Podcast via iTunes. In today's episode of the College Radar Podcast, host Danny Wheeler discusses the differences between applying to college Regular Decision, Early Action, and Early Decision. Don't worry about catching every detail; reference the bullet...
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    How to Make a College List
    Listen to How to Make a College List from the College Radar Podcast. In today's episode of the College Radar Podcast, Tom Rose, CEO of Testive, talks about how to decide where to apply to college. Here are some college characteristics to help make a choice: average GPA and SAT score, size of the student body, coursework, location, cost, and fit.  Don't...
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