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The New SAT vs the ACT

November 13, 2015
Written by Taylor

As you probably know, high school students can choose between two college admissions exams when applying to U.S. colleges and universities: the SAT and the ACT. With changes coming to the SAT in March 2016, it's a good time to revisit the main differences between the two tests.

The New SAT vs the Current SAT

November 12, 2015
Written by Taylor

You probably know by now that a revised SAT is coming to test centers starting in March 2016. But do you know what changes have been made to the SAT? Let’s take a look at how it differs from the current SAT.

Do Colleges Count Unweighted or Weighted GPAs?

October 27, 2015
Written by Taylor

Everyone knows that grades are important when it comes to university admissions, but what you may not know is that only unweighted grades count for colleges.

Admissions Rate Changes at Yale, Stanford, and Princeton Since 1980

October 20, 2015
Written by Taylor

Acceptance rates to America’s top colleges have experienced a steady decline over the last several years, as illustrated in the chart below.  As application numbers have skyrocketed and the admissions process has focused increasingly on factors beyond classroom performance and standardized test scores, entry into these colleges and universities is now far more challenging than it was even a decade ago, let alone fifteen or twenty years before.

Why Freshmen and Sophomores Should Start College Planning

October 14, 2015
Written by Taylor

Planning for college is often stressful for both high school students and their parents, and that stress is compounded the longer you wait to get started on the college preparation and application process. In fact, there are a number of reasons why sophomores, and even freshmen, may want to get started on their college plans.