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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,...
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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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    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 test dates for the SAT and the ACT. Early Admission hopefuls should aim for June so they’ll get two cracks at the SAT or ACT before applications are due (usually...
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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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    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 Test?
    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 Exam?
    This post was written by Tom Rose, a career educator and technologist. He has been a professional test preparation tutor for over a decade and is the co-founder of Testive, an online SAT and ACT prep company. The best time for most students to register for, wake up early, shake test-day jitters, and take a...
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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 ACT & 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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