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How the Harvard Case Affects College Admissions

November 14, 2018
Written by Taylor

Harvard’s recent 2018 college admissions lawsuit unearths several common trends not widely disseminated outside of higher education circles before now.

Test-Optional Really Is Optional

October 04, 2018
Written by Taylor

Do colleges actually mean it when they say that they're test-optional, or would they secretly prefer that applicants submit their test scores after all? Are you at a disadvantage if you don't submit your scores?

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?