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    Guide to ACT Registration
    There are many different pieces to the college application process - selecting the colleges to which you’ll apply, gathering your transcripts and other documents, writing your essays and answer short-answer prompts, collecting letters of recommendation, and so on and so forth. In the timeline of college applications, one of the first items you’ll need to...
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    The 10 Best Film Schools from Boston to Los Angeles
    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 a...
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    How to Pay for College
    In the previous chapter of the Ultimate College Prep Guide, we talked about all of the discretionary things that your student can do to make their application even stronger. In addition to grades and test scores, the SAT Subject Tests, college interviews, extracurricular activities, and the mid-year update are all taken into consideration by admissions...
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    Introduction to SAT Subject Tests: How to Plan for the SAT II
    If you’ve made your way to this article, you’ve at least heard of SAT Subject Tests, but you may not know much about them. SAT Subject Tests, also known as the SAT II's, are administered by the College Board (the same organization that provides the regular SAT.) They assess your ability to demonstrate critical thinking...
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    How Else Can You Bolster Your Application?
    In the previous chapter of the Ultimate College Prep Guide, we talked about the college essay and tackled both the Common App personal statement and the supplementary application essays. We focused on how the personal statement should be personal and focused on what makes your student stand out, while the supplemental essays should be school-specific. In...
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    AP Exam Schedules: A Guide to Taking Advanced Placement Exams in 2017
    AP is a program from the College Board that offers advanced coursework to high school students to earn college credit, impact GPA, and bolster an academic transcript. The AP exam schedules for 2017 occur every May. More specifically, the Advanced Placement exams take place during the weeks of May 1st through May 5th and May 8th...
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    When do SAT Scores Come Out? Find Your SAT Score Release Date
    SAT Score Release Dates SAT Test Date SAT Score Release Date Status March 11th, 2017 April 13th, 2017 Pending January 21st, 2017 February 23rd, 2017 Released December 3rd, 2016 December 22nd, 2016 Released Don’t see your test date? See below for off-cycle test information. Get Your SAT Scores After your scores are released, log in to the College Board website to check them. You’ll need the email and password you...
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    What is a Good SAT Score?
    The short answer is this: a good SAT score is one that gets you into college. We’ll come back to this in detail and I’ll walk you through how to figure out what a good SAT score is for you. But first, here are some other ways of approaching this question: What is the Average SAT Score? When...
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    Investigating the 10 Best Journalism Schools for Undergrads
    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 become...
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    What Should You Write Your College Essay About?
    In the previous chapter of the Ultimate College Prep Guide, we discussed the process of filling out college applications. We went over all the resources your student will need to complete their applications and gave advice on what to do if your student doesn't get the response they expect the first time around. In this chapter,...
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    Ultimate List of Extracurricular Activities to Spark Inspiration
    What Are Extracurricular Activities? When you think about preparing to apply to college, you probably tend to think about taking classes that are appropriately advanced for you, earning good grades in those classes, preparing for the SAT or the ACT to attain a strong score, and crafting your college essays. Every piece of the college application...
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    Best College Search Websites: How to Use a Search Tool to Build Your College List
    College search websites can help you sort through all the thousands of schools that are out there to figure out which one is the best fit for you. And that's important because... There are a lot of colleges out there. 4,140 to be exact. (And that’s just in the United States.) Are you interested in a Liberal...
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    High School Classes: The Complete List
    Picking high school classes is an inescapable part of high school. They also have an effect on your college admissions. If you’re in high school, college applications may seem very far away, or they may seem impossibly close, no matter which year you’re in right now. There are a number of pieces to the college application...
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    How Do You Apply to Colleges and When Should You Apply?
    In the previous chapter of the Ultimate College Prep Guide, we laid out our three-step plan to help your student decide where to apply to college. By pinpointing your academic interests, building your college list and visiting schools, your student can get a clear idea of what college is right for them. In this chapter, we'll...
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    How to Write a College Essay
    For many students, sitting down to write a college essay can be the most challenging part of submitting college applications. While grades and scores are relatively objective measures of a student's qualifications, writing a memorable essay isn’t as straightforward. Many students are overwhelmed by the task of writing an essay that distinguishes them from thousands...
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    What Are Safety Schools?
    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 percentage of applicants...
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    What Is the Average SAT Score?
    The average SAT score is 1080. In other words, 1800 is the median composite score. SAT Category Score Average SAT Composite score 1080 Average SAT Math score 530 Average SAT Reading/Writing score 540 Learn the 6 Secrets to Mastering the SAT and ACT ...
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    Scholarships for High School Seniors
    There’s no getting around it: college is expensive, and it is a daunting task to figure out how you’re going to pay for it. One way to make that a little easier is to check this list of college scholarships for high school seniors. One of the first steps towards paying for college for families of...
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    How Much Does the ACT Cost?
    It costs $42.50 to register for one ACT date without the Writing section included. It costs $58.50 with the Writing section included. There are a handful of extra charges that depend on circumstance, including registering late, sending scores to more than four colleges, changing test dates and more. That's the cost of one ACT date. Most...
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    What is the Average ACT Score?
    What is the Average ACT Score? The average ACT score is 20. In other words, 20 is the median composite score. About half of the nation's test takers score above 20, and about half score below. ACT Category Score Average ACT Composite score 20 Average ACT English score 19 Average ACT Math score 19 Average ACT Reading score 20 Average ACT Science score 20 ...
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    Building a College List: How to Decide Where to Apply
    In the previous chapter of the Ultimate College Prep Guide we discussed strategies to help your student ace their SAT and ACT. We emphasized the importance of studying hard and creating a study plan, but also being smart about what areas to focus on. We also mentioned that the best way to help determine what...
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    ACT to SAT Conversion
    One of the questions we most commonly hear from students who have taken either the PSAT, the SAT, or the ACT (or even just a practice test for one of these tests) is “what would my score be on the [other test]?” I.e. How do I do an ACT to SAT conversion? To answer this question,...
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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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    Who Should You Ask for a College Recommendation Letter?
    In the previous chapter of the Ultimate College Prep Guide, we discussed how course rigor can make your student's transcript stand out. Admissions counselors like to see students take full advantage of the opportunities available to them by taking a variety of challenging classes. But grades and class choices can only show so much, which...
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    How Good Do Your Grades Need To Be?
    In the previous chapter of the Ultimate College Prep Guide, we began the discussion on the importance of grades and how there's more to your student's transcript than their GPA. We mentioned that while some schools have a stated “minimum GPA requirement,” the reality is that admissions committees have been looking at transcripts for years...
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    How Do Admissions Committees Think?
    Understanding the college admissions process is critical for getting into a dream school. It all comes down to whether you impress the admissions committee. But admissions officers see hundreds of applications a day—so how do you stand out? Before we take a deep dive into each aspect of the college application and college admissions in later...
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    52+ Best College Admissions Blogs
    For a parent trying to navigate the complicated world of test prep, college admissions and financial aid, it can be hard to know what information is actually important, timely and relevant. To guide you to some of the best resources out there, we've collected 52+ great college admissions blogs, along with some helpful test prep and...
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    SAT Test Dates and Registration Deadlines
    If you are student planning to take the SAT, one of the first steps in the process is to know when the test is being administered. This knowledge will allow you to determine which SAT test date works best for you, both in terms of fitting into your busy schedule and providing you with an...
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    ACT Test Dates: Know Them Now and Plan Early
    If you have decided to take the ACT this year - either for the first time or as a repeat attempt - it’s useful to start thinking early to decide which ACT test dates are right for you. Although it may be tempting simply to choose the next ACT test date without much thought, it is...
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    The 2017 College Prep Calendar
    College applications involve a ridiculous number of deadlines to keep track of, and it can easily become overwhelming. To help make sure you're addressing every aspect of the application we've put together a list of every important date you'll need to know if your student is applying to college in 2017. If your child is a...
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    10 Things You Need to Know Before Choosing an SAT Tutor or Course
    The SAT is stressful for everyone. A few hundred points may be all that's standing between your student and qualifying for a top-tier college or landing that full-ride scholarship. And picking a great prep course can be overwhelming. You can do an online course, but is that enough? There are tutoring services available, but can you...
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    College Application Requirements Breakdown
    We are currently well into college application season, and hopefully your child has already made some good progress with their applications. But if they haven't, fear not! We have some advice on how to make sure they complete all of their college application requirements. If you've ever looked at the college application requirements on a college website,...
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    Why You Should Take the June SAT or ACT
    For rising seniors who plan to apply, or are considering applying, early to college under Early Action or Early Decision programs, June marks two major SAT and ACT test dates. Early Admission hopefuls should aim for June so they’ll get two cracks at the SAT or ACT before applications are due in early November. Think...
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    New SAT Score Report Breakdown
    The New SAT Score Report presents a lot of data. The total score out of 1600 is the most important number to consider. Section scores, test scores, sub scores, and college readiness metrics all help identify areas of strengths and weaknesses. The more specific data on a Score Report can get overwhelming, however, it can...
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    College Admissions Interview Process: The Breakdown
    So you've finished submitting your college application materials and are super excited to be done. But then you get an email about an interview and start to panic. No worries, we're here to help with this complete guide to the college admissions interview process. Which colleges offer interviews? Not every school will reach out to you with an offer...
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    How the FAFSA Application Helps Cut College Costs
    If you’re a student or a parent with your sights set on college, you’ve likely heard of the FAFSA application. For many families, filling out the FAFSA is a huge part of saving money on college tuition through accessing need-based financial aid. How so? There are billions of dollars of financial aid available each year from...
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    The Ultimate Guide to Choosing SAT and ACT Prep
    There are three ways to prepare for the SAT or ACT: self-study, one-on-one tutoring, and group prep classes. However, deciding how to prepare for the test can be difficult because everyone is different. Self-study makes sense for the hyper-motivated student. Prep classes make sense for students who prefer traditional learning environments. Tutors make sense for...
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    SAT Guide for The New SAT Test
    There’s been a lot of talk in the test prep world about the redesigned SAT and how much it’s turning into the ACT test. Here’s a SAT guide that will help you understand the test and how it impacts your child’s college application process. How is the New SAT Structured? The new SAT test is a...
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    Should Students Take the SAT or ACT?
    Many high school students and their parents agonize over the decision of whether they should take the SAT or ACT Exam. While it can seem a bit intimidating, there’s no need to be get overwhelmed by this decision. Common questions about SAT vs ACT What does each test measure? Does one test favor a certain type of...
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    ACT Guide - Informative ACT Test Overview
    The first step to being a great supporter for your child when it comes to the ACT Test is to be well informed. This informative ACT Guide will bring you up to speed on the current format of the test, how it fits into the college application, and when your child needs to start preparing...
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    Should Students Take the ACT or SAT? Which is better?
    Looking For information about the NEW SAT vs. ACT? Chocolate or vanilla birthday cake? Public school or private school? ACT or SAT? These are all tough decisions you have to make as a parent, and we're here to make that last one easier. With the near universal acceptance of both SAT and ACT scores by colleges,...
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    Which SAT Test Do I Prepare For?
    Many people reading this are wondering how the release of the 2016 new SAT changes affects them and what they should do about it. The highest level question is which test to take. Here are the quick answers. If you are graduating in 2016 or before, stop reading now because the new SAT will not affect...
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    When to Take the SAT or ACT?
    The best time for most students to register for, wake up early, shake test-day jitters, and take a four-hour SAT or ACT is June before junior year. But that isn't it. June before junior year is the best time for most students to take the test for the first time. It's best to take the SAT...
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    How to Score Well on The SAT and ACT Exam
    Your student can shine on the ACT or SAT. Every student can. We know this because we've seen students outperform their and their parents' expectations time after time by following Testive's learning philosophy and process. No matter their academic history, students can discover the master within and come out of the test feeling confident and capable....
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    The Testive Difference: Pushing Students to the Edge
    “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” ~ Thomas A. Edison If Thomas Edison didn’t listen to his own wisdom, he would have not become the prominent inventor that he was. With each challenge, he hunkered down, analyzed the problem, worked through...
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    How to help your child on SAT or ACT Test Day
    Your kids have already been given the basics about what to bring on test day, but below are some tips for parents on the day their child is taking the ACT & SAT. List of what students need to bring to the SAT test You should run through this list 3-4 days in advance and then one more time...
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    Guide to SAT Subject Tests
    SAT Subject Tests are the only nationally recognized admissions tests that allow students to test in a specific subject(s) to better illustrate their mastery in that area(s). What Subject Tests Are Offered and When? There are 20 different Subjects Tests and each are offered at different times throughout the year. Upcoming Subject Test dates can be found...
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    Testive Coach Bios
    From Harvard grads with decorated language skills to piano masterminds from Alabama, each Testive Coach has paid their test taking dues and wants to give back to your students. Here are just a few of the talented coaches who are working hard to make ACT & SAT test prep a little less painful. John LaPlante John was a lawyer...
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    How Admissions Counselors Decide on College Applications
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    How to Find and Secure Scholarships
    Many parents who are getting ready to send their child to college are often overheard, muttering, “He better get a scholarship, or this college thing isn’t going to happen.” Sound familiar? Good news! There are a lot of college scholarships out there that your child can apply for. It’s just a matter of finding them, applying, and...
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    How Good SAT & ACT Scores Reduce College Costs
    The cost of college has gone up exponentially over the last several years and, for some, it is totally out of reach unless the student gets some sort of financial aid, loan, scholarship, or other ways to cut college costs. Strong ACT & SAT Scores influence scholarships and merit based finical aid rewards and can...
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