Why the Class of 2019 Should Start Studying for Standardized Tests Now?

Why the Class of 2019 Should Start Studying for Standardized Tests Now?

Victoria Berels Between sports, extra-curricular activities, and maintaining that all too important social life, many students feel unmotivated their junior year in high school to study for their standardized tests. Some students think that they should take the test “cold” first to get a feel for it, a baseline so to speak, and then study for the second or third time they take the test. Some others believe that standardized tests are only gauging the cumulative knowledge they’ve learned ....

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The True College Acceptance Predictor: Look at Admitted Student Profiles

The True College Acceptance Predictor: Look at Admitted Student Profiles

Tim Parros and Victoria Berels “I know someone that had a better GPA and SAT score than me, applied to the University of Michigan, and didn’t get in. I don’t have a chance for admission there!” You may be surprised, but this is a common misconception we hear from students who are nervous to apply to prestigious universities. Truth be told, these students couldn’t be more wrong. If you really want to gauge your likelihood of acceptance, look at admitted students. What did they have a....

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Preparing for College Application Season

Preparing for College Application Season

Kim Parros Oh, the rising senior class’s dreaded season is upon us-- college application season. This is the time of year that most students have written an essay for their college applications in their English class. This is also the time that we get asked if we think that the essay is appropriate to submit on the Common Application. “I got an A+ on this essay, so I know that it will rock the admission counselor’s world to read it,” is one of the many confident comments we receive fro....

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How to Tackle Your Time on the Waitlist

How to Tackle Your Time on the Waitlist

Victoria Berels To the shock and frustration of many college applicants, 2017 saw a increase in overall college applications at most of the top universities and the result was that many qualified students were passed down to the waitlist. Being stuck on the waitlist, in short, is tough. For example, this year, the University of Michigan had its largest applicant pool, with 60,000 high school seniors applying. Michigan’s acceptance rate in the past has been around 26%, but with the increase in....

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