Do You Still Need to Take the SAT/ACT?

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You’ve already heard, right? More and more colleges are doing away with the SAT/ACT requirement, and the list of test-optional schools is growing with about 1,100 universities/colleges currently. The college landscape has become almost unrecognizable in these 3 last months alone as we’re beginning to see the effects of the coronavirus. Virtually all American colleges and universities have become SAT/ACT test-optional for at least the upcoming round of admissions (rising seniors) because the Collegeboard and ACT Inc. have been unable …

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The SAT & ACT are dead…or are they?

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You’ve probably heard the bombshell news already: the UC schools (all 9 of them — Berkeley, UCLA, UC San Diego, etc.) have voted unanimously to drop the SAT/ACT requirements forever. No, not just this upcoming application season for the current rising seniors (graduating high school class of 2021) like many private colleges, but for all future years too! Here are the exact details of the transition as the SAT and ACT are moved from regal (or reviled, depending on your point …

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It’s My Birthday, so I’m Inviting You for FREE to Join Me at the Dream College Summit

It’s my birthday week, and you know what would make special day even more special? If you joined me for FREE at the Dream College Summit. See, every year as I get older, my birthdays get more and more low-key. It’s not that I’ve become a grumpy, old man with nothing to celebrate. On the contrary! It’s that I’ve become more deliberate about who I choose to celebrate with. From those past birthday bashes with dozens of people (most of …

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Challenge Spotting: How to Add Emotional Stakes to Your College Essay

You’ve got 99 problems, and well…just pick one! Every good story, especially your personal statement for college, needs a challenge. Without one, you literally have no story. Part of the definition of “story” is that it features a conflict, challenge, or problem. Most of the Common App prompts actually hint at potential challenges you might have faced. Topic 2: obstacle, challenge, setback, or failure Topic 3: a belief you challenged Topic 4: a problem you solved or would like to …

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Ultimate Guide to World-Class Extracurriculars That Open the Gates to Stanford, Harvard, & the Rest of the Ivy League

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What’s it take to get into Stanford, MIT, Harvard, the rest of the Ivy League, or other dream schools? It’s about pursuing the right extracurriculars   …even if you think you don’t have time and are already a senior …even if you believe you aren’t good at anything   Table of Contents So You Want to Get Into the Ivy League, Huh? So Who is This Guide For, Exactly? The Most Dangerous College Myth: A Well-Rounded Student The Biggest Obstacles to Getting …

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The Power of a One-Liner in Your College Essay

Hope you had a wonderful July 4th! This holiday always brings me back to the 1996 Will Smith movie Independence Day. The classic story of an alien invasion and Will Smith kicking some serious extraterrestrial butt. (No, I didn’t go see the new one because I heard it stinks.) But here’s the quote I’ll always remember the original ID4 movie by: “This is our victory dance. Not until the fat lady sings.” –Captain Steven Hiller (Will Smith) Everyone loves a …

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