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Testing/Test Prep

National Merit Scholarship Qualifications
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By Stefanie Toye
October 11, 2021 | 7 minute read

What is the PSAT and what does it look like? How is it related to National Merit? The PSAT is an abbreviated form of the SAT test and has the same 4 required sections as the SAT...

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What Colleges Look For

Extracurriculars: Exploring and Exploiting
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By Arun Ponnusamy
October 6, 2021 | 3 minute read

One of the cringier questions that admissions officers are commonly asked at college fairs—virtual or in-person—is some version of, “How many hours of community service do I need to get...

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Testing/Test Prep

Who Can (and Should) Take the PSAT?
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By Michal Goldstein
October 4, 2021 | 5 minute read

Who Can Take the PSAT? This is a surprisingly nuanced question, but depending on your school and your grade level, nearly everyone from the 8th grade through the 11th grade may take the...

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Financial Aid/Scholarships

Need Help Paying For College?
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By Kevin McMullin
September 29, 2021 | 3 minute read

The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is the starting point for accessing need-based aid. It’s the single most important step to acquiring the financial assistance you...

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College Essays

Common App Essay Topics
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By Kevin McMullin
September 27, 2021 | 5 minute read

Let change be your guide. Every college applicant has a story worth sharing. And the Common App’s  2021-22 essay prompts offer seven different options to share yours. But that variety of...

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College Applications

In the Room Where It Happens: What Does Committee Really Look Like?
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By Sam Joustra
September 22, 2021 | 5 minute read

If you’ve seen the 2013 movie Admission starring Tina Fey, you’ve gained some insight into a representation of an admissions committee. The operative words there are “a representation.”...

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