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What Does Test-Optional Really Mean?

What Does Test-Optional Really Mean?

What does test-optional really mean? Even as many colleges extend their test-optional admissions policies another year, the ACT and SAT still can greatly affect merit-based scholarships and college admissions. Test optional really is only for those excited to pay full...

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 in response to Covid. Many have continued to offer admissions without...

Common College Application Mistakes (27-minute video)

Common College Application Mistakes (27-minute video)

Common College Application Mistakes to Avoid The overall average freshman acceptance rate is 66%, according to the 2019 National Association for College Admission Counselors (NACAC) report. Nearly 80% of schools accept more than half of freshman applicants, with over...

Not Test-Optional for Homeschool Students

Not Test-Optional for Homeschool Students

Some test-optional schools still require homeschool students to submit ACT or SAT scores as a needed metric to evaluate their application. International students may also still see testing requirements. Many test-optional schools also still require ALL students to...

Avoid These FAFSA Mistakes

Avoid These FAFSA Mistakes

Avoid These FAFSA Mistakes (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) The FAFSA application is important for both need-based and merit aid. Avoid these FAFSA mistakes that can cost you college money. 1: Not completing the FAFSA Even if you don’t think you’ll qualify...

Successful College Visits (17-minute video)

Successful College Visits (17-minute video)

Successful college visits are key to helping find your best-fit college. Learn what to look for, red flags, and good questions to ask, and more. If you cannot visit a campus in person), check out these virtual options for a successful college visit: CampusReel...

How to Find Scholarships for College

How to Find Scholarships for College

Everyone encourages you to apply for and earn scholarships, but how do you find the right scholarships to apply for?  Start with your school counselor  When you’re searching for scholarships, your school counselor is the best place to start. They have a wealth of...

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 primarily for those excited to pay full price. For those seeking...

Understanding Financial Aid (7-minute video)

Understanding Financial Aid (7-minute video)

Understanding Financial Aid. In this episode of 'Ask John Anything!' John discusses two important types of financial aid, and tells you everything you need to know on how to best use these grants to lower your cost of college! Learn more about understanding financial...

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