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Questions to Consider for Junior Year
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By Casey Near
September 1, 2021 | 6 minute read

When I worked in admission, it was common to hear colleagues talk about the importance of junior year, a story we told over and over to eager high school students visiting our campuses....

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Testing/Test Prep

How Many Times Can I Take the SAT?
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By Stefanie Toye
August 30, 2021 | 4 minute read

“Can I take the SAT every time it’s administered nationally this year?” Rarely am I asked that question, but when I am, I say, “Sure, you could, but why would you want to?” Let’s get...

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College Essays

How to Write the “Academic Interests” Supplemental Essay
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By Casey Near
August 25, 2021 | 6 minute read

If you’re a senior starting to work on supplemental essays for college applications this fall, it’s likely you’ve encountered some version of this question: what do you want to study,...

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Testing/Test Prep

How Many People Get a Perfect Score on the SAT?
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By Michal Goldstein
August 23, 2021 | 4 minute read

What is the scoring scale of the SAT? The SAT’s composite scoring range is from 400 to 1600. The total range is split evenly between the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section (200...

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College Essays

How to Start a Personal Statement Essay
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By Kevin McMullin
August 18, 2021 | 3 minute read

Give them a glimpse of the story to come. First impressions matter, in life and in college essays. When you apply to college, you have an engaged audience in an admissions reader,...

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Testing/Test Prep

How Long Does It Take To Send ACT Scores?
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By Michal Goldstein
August 16, 2021 | 3 minute read

How long does it take to send ACT scores? How do I send scores? If you take a single-day ACT on most national test dates, initial ACT score reports will return to a test-taker’s ACT...

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