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6 07, 2018

College Application Questions You Can Stop Asking

By |2018-07-17T14:41:26+00:00July 6th, 2018|SAT|

Here's a picture of me circa 2015, very excited to be done with all the questions! As a high-schooler applying to colleges, I had so many questions. And without an acceptance letter in hand (or digital inbox), no answer was satisfying. And that's totally normal! Whether your question is "does Yale look [...]

16 03, 2017

The 10 Best Film Schools from Boston to Los Angeles

By |2018-08-01T17:25:32+00:00March 16th, 2017|Admissions|

Born and raised in the digital age, many of today’s high school students dream of pursuing careers in film and attending the country's best film schools. Most undergraduate programs have updated their classes and facilities to reflect 21st century innovations, making this an exciting area of study. Making films is both an art and [...]

11 03, 2017

How to Organize Your Summer ACT and SAT Test Prep

By |2018-07-16T03:07:43+00:00March 11th, 2017|Other Posts|

Ice cream cones, sandy beaches, clear blue water and the giant test prep book? Which one is unlike all the others? Believe it or not, they all belong together. Even though your son or daughter will tell you otherwise, the summer is one of the best times for the ACT and SAT prep and to work on [...]

28 02, 2017

Investigating the 10 Best Journalism Schools for Undergrads

By |2019-06-05T20:30:22+00:00February 28th, 2017|Admissions|

More Americans are attending college than ever before, which means wonderful things for our nation’s prosperity and future generations’ quality of life. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, “between 2004 and 2014, enrollment increased 17 percent, from 17.3 million to 20.2 million.” Yet for recent college graduates, navigating the job market has [...]

31 01, 2017

What Are Safety Schools?

By |2018-07-16T03:20:40+00:00January 31st, 2017|Admissions|

College counselors often say students should apply to safety schools, fit schools, and reach schools. But what does that mean? Determining whether a college is a safety school, fit school, or reach school depends on three things: How selective the college is. The simplest measure of selectivity is a college’s acceptance rate, or the [...]

1 11, 2016

5 Things You Should Do Before Applying to College

By |2018-07-16T13:48:56+00:00November 1st, 2016|Admissions|

Now that summer is in full swing and students have some more free time, I thought I’d put together a list of things you (or your student) can do to not only be prepared to apply to college, but also things to do that will strengthen the application itself. This [...]

1 11, 2016

PSAT Results: What the Numbers Really Mean

By |2017-12-01T21:54:38+00:00November 1st, 2016|SAT|

As most of you already know, the first iteration of the NEW PSAT has come and gone and students should all have their results in hand. The question is: What do these results really mean and how can students use them to prepare for the New SAT? Testive's Head of Learning John LaPlante analyzed one [...]