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How to Ask Your Professor for a Recommendation Letter

April 10, 2020
Written by Taylor

No matter what you decide to do during your summers or after college, it's likely you'll need at least one recommendation letter. So, whom do you ask? And how? Here, we've outlined some of the best practices to use when asking a professor for a recommendation.

Common Private School Interview Questions (High School)

April 09, 2020
Written by Taylor

The private high school application process has a lot of important steps, but among the most significant is the personal interview. For many middle school and high school students, this will be the first serious interview they've ever done. For that reason, knowing what to expect and practicing accordingly is imperative for all private school applicants.

What Are the Pros and Cons of Standardized Testing?

April 09, 2020
Written by Taylor

Debates around standardized testing have been around for as long as these tests have existed. Knowing the pros and cons of standardized testing can help you better understand the American education system as a whole and how to approach it.

A Complete List of Colleges and Universities that Require SAT Subject Tests (2020)

April 09, 2020
Written by Taylor

Even though no universities require the SAT Subject Tests for admission today, a few still "recommend" them, while others use vague terms like "optional," "considered," and "flexible." In this guide, we'll help you interpret this language and provide a complete list of schools where excellent Subject Test scores remain an asset.

Complete List of Test-Optional Colleges and Universities

April 07, 2020
Written by Taylor

Not all colleges require the SAT or ACT as part of their application process. Instead, a sizable minority of schools are what we might call "test-optional." Here, you can find answers to some common questions about test-optional schools, as well as a complete list of schools that do not require any standardized tests.