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Are AP Courses Still Necessary?

June 25, 2018
Written by Taylor

With more and more students amassing high numbers of AP courses on transcripts and taking the corresponding AP exams, the most elite high schools in the country are questioning whether these tests truly help to differentiate top college applicants from their peers anymore.

How to Compare ACT and SAT Scores

June 19, 2018
Written by Taylor

The College Board and the ACT recently released updated concordance tables that allow students and families to compare scores across the new version of the SAT and the ACT. These are the first comparison charts produced jointly by the testing organizations, as the previous tables shared here and elsewhere were created by the College Board alone.

How to Make Your Gap Year Count

June 12, 2018
Written by Taylor

Taking off a year between high school and college, also known as a “gap” year, is becoming increasingly popular, but how can you be sure that taking a gap year is a good idea for you?

How to Find the Right Private School for Your Child

May 31, 2018
Written by Taylor

You’ve decided to send your child to a private school (often called an independent school), but where do you start? How can you find the right match? Here is a quick guide to finding a private school that’s the best fit for you.

Community Service Makes a Difference in Admissions

April 16, 2018
Written by Taylor

According to a recent survey of college admissions leaders described in Forbes, 53% of admissions officials consider community service a tie-breaker in their admissions decisions.