The Easiest AP Classes and Exams

College Board’s AP classes have several tremendous benefits for college applications and higher-level education. Whether you’re looking for a way to boost your resume, gain college credit, or challenge yourself in high school, AP courses are the place to look. Most students fall under the first two categories, and all AP courses are the same amount of credit, so finding …

National Merit Scholarship: PSAT/NMSQT

Paying for college can be a daunting task, so many seek out scholarships to help cover the cost of tuition. For high school seniors looking to get into college, there are two types of scholarships. There are need-based financial aid and award-based financial aid. The National Merit Scholarship is offered by taking the PSAT/NMSQT and falls into the latter type …

Should You Go Test-Optional?

More colleges than ever before are allowing incoming students to apply without submitting standardized test scores such as SAT or ACT. If you’re unsure whether to go test-optional for your dream universities, know that you’re not alone. The college admissions process can be arduous, but looking at both sides can help you decide which path is right for you. These …

Benefits of Taking Practice Tests

In the world of SAT and college preparation, practice exams are often looked at as just bitter medicine, a way to help students simulate the environment of high-pressure tests without the risk of failing. But some students often opt out of them due to the perception of it being less important. The fields of science and psychology tell us those …

How to Get Recruited Using Twitter

You may already use Twitter to keep up with your favorite sports teams or share some memes with your friends, but do you know how to get recruited using Twitter? Whether you already use the social media platform or not, you should build a profile that will help you connect with coaches and bring you one step closer to getting …

Top 5 Essay Topics to Avoid

The college essay is a major component of the college application process. This is your last opportunity to show a college what you’re all about. This essay ought to be about you and reflect who you are as a person. What are your values? What are you all about? Pro tip: Do NOT write your essay about someone else. Essay …

Test Optional, Test Flexible, and Test Blind Explained!

It seems like nowadays every other word we hear regarding college is, test optional, test flexible, and test blind. There are thousands of schools this year going test optional due to COVID-19, which is great for the many students that have been unable to take the test. But what exactly do these terms mean? Test optional:A college or university is …

Back-to-School Goals

Check out these first semester goals for 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade. By Andrew W. I always loathed back-to-school shopping. The week before Labor Day each year, my siblings and I would trudge towards a nearby Staples as my mother prodded us onward like a cowboy herding cattle across the Great Plains. It was a painful reminder that summer, …

Slaying the Dragon: What You Need to Do Before Submitting an Application

Guest post by Arthur R. The legend of Saint George describes George taking up arms against a wicked dragon that demanded human sacrifices. It’s a myth so potent that the entire country of England dedicated its flag to George’s victory. And whether or not this famed battle actually happened, “slaying the dragon” has become a familiar story in modern society. …

What Makes a Good Personal Essay?

By Ava L. “Juicy” was the word. My sentences had to be “juicier.” We always fought over this. I, the unruly first-grader hell-bent on finishing my episode of Spongebob, would sneer when my mother meticulously criticized my daily vocabulary homework assignments. Thursday night was the worst, because every Friday, I had to submit ten sentences, each using one of the …