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Harvard Study of Test Scores

New Study Suggests Elite Colleges Should Reinstate SAT/ACT.
As many top universities remain test-optional, evidence suggests the SAT and ACT predict success in college better than grades.

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Test Scores and College Admissions

Test Scores and College Admissions

Should you include test scores in your college admissions or skip sharing scores at test-optional schools? Why Colleges Become Test-Optional Over 1,800 colleges and universities became test-optional...

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The New FAFSA Is Here

The New FAFSA Is Here

The New FAFSA Is Here (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) The new FAFSA opened as a soft launch on December 31, 2023. The FAFSA is generally available 24/7 but may be briefly unavailable for...

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Applying to Test-Optional Colleges

Applying to Test-Optional Colleges

Many more colleges and universities now no longer require students to submit a standardized test score for admission. Submitting an ACT or SAT score is now often optional. But the test is optional...

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Time’s Up: How Long is the ACT Test?

Time’s Up: How Long is the ACT Test?

How long is the ACT?  The four sections of the ACT officially take 2 hours and 55 minutes to complete with 215 questions total.   But the ten-minute break between Math and Reading and some time at...

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What to Look for in ACT Tutoring

What to Look for in ACT Tutoring

When it’s time to select an ACT tutor, lots of options exist. But how do you know what to look for in ACT tutoring? How do you find someone who can help your student increase their ACT scores and...

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How Many Colleges Should You Apply to?

How Many Colleges Should You Apply to?

As you look at college admissions, how many colleges should you apply to? What types of colleges are important to include on your application list and why?  How many colleges should you apply to? ...

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