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Free and Low Cost Resources for Raising Your SAT and ACT Scores

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In the wake of the college admissions scandal involving the Key World Wide Foundation and dozens of parents who resorted to bribery as a means of raising their children’s test scores and securing admission to universities I, along with the entire team at LA Tutors, feel called to say: there are so many ethical and…

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Choosing the Right College for You

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College acceptance letters are arriving, and now the ball’s in your court. Some of you may already have decided on your first choice and gotten accepted. Congratulations! However, some of you may have been accepted to multiple schools and have yet to decide where you will enroll. If this is your situation, then this post…

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Putting It Together: The Complicated Math of Financial Aid Packages

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If you are a top student and you play the financial aid game right, you could end up with multiple sources of free money: a needs-based grant, a merit scholarship from the school, and/or outside scholarships. The way your school combines these aid sources can be more important than the numbers themselves. It’s important to…

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Free Money for School! Tips for Applying for Private Scholarships

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When I was a high school student (a long, long time ago), I knew that affording college was going to be a challenge for my family. Because of this, I paid careful attention to our school’s scholarship bulletin—which, at the time, was a paper posted on a bulletin board—and applied for numerous private scholarships, starting…

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Maximizing Your Aid, Minimizing Your Costs: Need-Based Grants and Merit Scholarships

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The FAFSA and Profile (discussed in these previous posts: Part 1 and Part 2) will determine your family’s financial need and “Expected Family Contribution” (EFC), but it’s up to the school and the government to determine how much you actually pay. Government Grants Certain forms of government student aid, such as Pell Grants and Cal…

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The Pros and Cons of Retaking a Standardized Test

By | ACT, College Admissions, GMAT, GRE, HSPT, Independent School Admissions, ISEE, SAT, SSAT, Test Prep | No Comments

After working through a grueling standardized admissions test, the moment of judgement arrives when you get your scores. If you got the score you were hoping for, congratulations! You can now focus your time and energy on the rest of the admissions process. If your score is much lower than you’d hoped, however, you have…

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The Right Way to Self-Proctor a Practice Test

By | ACT, CHSPE, College Admissions, GMAT, GMAT Tips, GRE, GRE Tips, HSPT, ISEE, PSAT, SAT, SAT Tips, SSAT, Test Prep | No Comments

Proctoring an organized diagnostic/practice test is an easy job. All the proctor does is keep time and “babysit” a room full of quiet kids, right? So, why even wake up early and go into an office or classroom to do something you could do at home? One reason is that some students don’t take the…

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SAT and ACT Test Prep for Students with Disabilities

By | Accommodations, ACT, College Admissions, High School, Learning Differences, SAT, SAT Tips, Test Prep | No Comments

Sitting hunched over a desk and bubbling in an answer sheet for hours at a time doesn’t bring out the best in most students, but it can be especially overwhelming if you are a student with a learning disability and/or ADHD. While there is no magic formula to help you get a perfect score, the…

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The New, Improved College Board Accommodations Approval Process

By | Accommodations, College Admissions, High School, Learning Differences, PSAT, SAT, SAT Tips, Test Prep | No Comments

For students with disabilities, applying for and receiving accommodations for College Board exams (including the PSAT, SAT, and AP tests) has been a daunting task–sometimes more daunting than actually taking the tests! Parents and school administrators often had to submit extensive documentation, and even then sometimes the request was denied and would have to be…

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Prepping for Video Essays and Long-Distance Interviews

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This guest post is provided by our friend Stacy Blackman. Prepping for Video Essays and Long-Distance Interviews An increasing number of MBA programs are making use of online video-interview platforms, where you must record responses to one or more short-answer prompts before your application is considered complete. Why do schools add this extra step? The…

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What is a good GPA?

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3.0? 4.0? 5.0? Your grade point average is only one part of your college application. However, combined with a transcript detailing your high school coursework, this weighted or unweighted number tells an important story to college admissions committees. Your GPA suggests how well you will perform in college, based on how you have performed in…

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Who’s Afraid of the SAT Essay?

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Writing the SAT essay seems to be a daunting experience for some students, even if they have consistently aced every other section of the test. Judging from our own SAT tutoring experience with a wide range of students, there seem to be three reasons for students’ anxieties regarding the Essay:       Anxiety 1:…

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Redesigned SAT, Again!

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The SAT has changed once again, and this time the changes will be substantial. The last time the SAT had substantial changes was in 2005, when the College Board changed the score scale from 1600 to 2400. The primary reasons for the announced changes are to better assess the skills students are learning today and…

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5 Questions with Stephanie Klein Wassink

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Stephanie Klein Wassink is a college admissions expert and the founder of AdmissionsCheckup.com, a service that allows students to run their applications by three former admissions officers before they submit them, and Winning Applications, a college consulting firm. Based in Connecticut, Stephanie has over 15 years of experience in college admissions and was formerly on…

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