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How to Self-Study for an AP Exam

 
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Unfortunately, not all high school AP programs are created equal. Even though colleges put your AP exams in the context of how many were offered at your school, there are major tuition savings to be had from doing well on more AP exams. If you find yourself wanting to take an AP exam that your school does not offer, here is how you can ace the exams on your own:

What Students Can Learn from the 2016 SAT Re-Design

 

10 Tips for Presenting Your Best Self To Colleges – Part 2

 

10 Tips for Presenting Your Best Self To Colleges – Part 1

 
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As it gets more and more difficult to be accepted to college, students everywhere are keen to stand out.  The good news is that with just a little thought, and some planning, you can.  Here's a handy-dandy “top ten” list of sure-fire ways to distinguish yourself when applying to college.  In part 1, I’ll share my first five tips, and in part two (to come in a few weeks) I’ll round out my top ten.

Writing a Great First Sentence On College Application Essays

 
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Every time a reader picks up a new application, he or she must wonder: "Is this going to be another generic snooze-fest of an essay or the dynamic proclamation of an individual thinker?" Guess into which category you want to fall?

How to Write Effective Supplemental Essays

 
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I recently spoke with a former college admissions officer who mentioned that a lot of applicants fail to give supplemental essays their proper attention. Instead, these students focus all of their energy on the main essay. While it’s obviously important to have a knockout personal statement, overlooking the supplemental essays could be a fatal error in judgment. Every individual piece of your application matters. Here’s how to maximize the positive impact of your college application supplemental essays.

How to Determine Which SAT Subject Tests to Take

 
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Recently, a number of students who have worked with MyGuru for ACT or SAT tutoring have followed up asking about SAT subject tests.  Their main question has been which SAT subject tests should I take?

5 Simple Ways to Improve Your ACT Test Scores

 
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Though there are many factors that play into the college admissions process, your score on the ACT carries a lot of weight.  It can influence not only what colleges you get accepted to, but also the availability and amount of scholarship funds, and is therefore not to be underestimated.  If you weren’t the best student in high school, and thus don’t have the best grades, doing well on the ACT represents an opportunity to partially make up for less than stellar academic performance in high school.  So, it can really be viewed as an exciting opportunity, instead of a stressful requirement.

Writing About Your Strengths Without Sounding Arrogant

 
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We’re taught to be modest – not to brag or talk too much about ourselves. But when you write your college essay, you’re forced to do the exact opposite, and that shift can make students uncomfortable. It’s hard to strike the right tone in writing or speaking about yourself, especially when you’re discussing something at which you excel. Here are some tips on how to write about your accomplishments without bragging (hint: they’re all about showing rather than telling).

How to Get Started with the College Application Process

 
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Have you thought about starting your college applications this fall? If so, you should spend some time considering which teachers you want to write your college recommendation.

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