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Testing/Test Prep

Understanding the impact of eliminating SAT Subject Tests
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By Nicole Pilar
January 27, 2021 | 7 minute read

On Tuesday, January 19th, the College Board organization announced that it was eliminating the SAT Subject Test program and SAT essay component this year (full statement here). Once this...

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Testing/Test Prep

Subject Tests Are Gone? Cool.
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By Arun Ponnusamy
January 21, 2021 | 3 minute read

When you’re an admissions officer turned college counselor, you’re always a bit curious about the educational path a person has taken before intersecting with you. So, as the nation...

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Testing/Test Prep

To Test or Not To Test: Junior Edition
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By Casey Near
January 13, 2021 | 7 minute read

Author’s note: writing about standardized testing for the last year has felt like juggling whilst on a circus ball; there are a million moving parts, and the ground is shifting beneath...

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Life Advice for Teens

Resolve to Create a Healthy Habit
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By Kevin McMullin
January 6, 2021 | 2 minute read

Ah, New Year’s Resolutions. We’re so brimming with confidence when we make them. We promise ourselves not to break them this year. But somehow, all that fortitude and gumption we were...

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What Colleges Look For

The College Admissions Stories of 2020
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By Casey Near
December 30, 2020 | 4 minute read

After what's been a doozy of a year, I decided to focus this final post of 2020 on establishing a narrative -- as best I could -- for the year that was, and a little bit of the year that...

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College Applications

The 2020 Blog Throwback
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By Casey Near
December 23, 2020 | 3 minute read

Dating back eleven years ago, when our founder Kevin began his ten-year run of the Wise Like Us blog, we’ve always focused on bringing clarity, calm, and joy to this process. And in a...

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