What are the Do’s and Don’ts of College Essay Writing?

Working on college essays is important to do in September. It takes time to polish your college essays. Here are some Do’s and Don’t to guide you. College Essay General Do’s and Don’ts Do’s Do think “concise” and write about something you know about. Do reveal yourself in your writing. Do show rather than tell.…

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Do you fear the ACT or SAT writing?

No Fear

The essay portion of the SAT is not to be feared, nor, does it need to receive an inordinate attention in the preparation process.  It counts for only part of the score on the SAT Writing.  The bulk of the score is in multiple-choice questions. These questions cover improving sentences, improving paragraphs and identifying sentence…

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When is the PSAT not a practice test?


Do you know the entire name of the PSAT test?  It is officially the PSAT/ NMSQT test.  “NMSQT” stands for “National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test”.  The only time you can be considered as a National Merit Scholarship finalist is your junior year.  You have to take the PSAT to even get in the running to…

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What’s Your Learning Style?

How do you like to learn? Do you like to talk to the teachers, raise your hand and stay after class? Or do you prefer to learn by being quiet, checking in with your friends, and blending in with your classmates? This reflects your learning style. Your learning style is an important thing to know…

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ACT or SAT – Which Test is Better?


Should you take the SAT or the ACT? Make sure you know the difference between the two standardized tests. It is to your advantage to pick the one that works best for you. Research show 33% of students do better on ACT, 33% do better on SAT, and 33% do equally on both tests. So…

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Register for SAT or ACT Test Now

It’s not too early to register for SAT or ACT tests if you are going to start taking them in the fall. Register in the summer to get best choice of locations, as some locations will fill up. Register to take the ACT as early as September.   www.actstudent.org/ Register to take the SAT as early…

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3 Factors To Consider for the Perfect College Fit

College Fit

You have probably heard this term a lot already. Your counselor talks about it, your parents are looking for it.  What is it?  What is college fit? Think of fit as a picture of college that brings four elements together to make the best fit for you. Consider Academic, Social, Physical and Financial perspectives. YOUR…

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What did you get on your AP’s?


Anxious to see your AP scores? Wait no longer! AP tests come out this week. Scores come out by physical location. View the date and location schedule on the College Board Schedule. Go to www.apscore.org to view your scores. What is the AP exam score scale? There is no “pass” or “fail” on the AP tests.…

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It’s All About You!

It's all about you

It’s all about you! Enjoy this summer and start thinking about what you like, and what is important to you. Summer is a good time to do as much preparing for next year as you can. Here is an activity you can do with your friends. It is fun to compare notes and learn about…

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How do you see yourself next year?

Summer Next Year

It’s officially summer now.  You are no longer [fill in the blank].  What are your goals for next year?  Looking back at this year; Are you happy with how your grades turned out? Did you enjoy your classes? Did you spend enough time in extra-curricular activities? Are there activities or classes you did not spend…

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