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Five ways to build a great high school résumé

Posted by PowerScore Test Preparation on February 10, 2017 at 11:50 AM

You’ve heard it before,Community Service.jpg and you’ll hear it again—colleges like to see their applicants do more than just excel in academics. They like to see involvement in extracurriculars, participation in the community, an active volunteering streak…maybe even a combination of all three! It can get exhausting to try to get all of these bases covered, but it also can—and should—be fun! Try these five steps to make pumping up your résumé not only a productive endeavor, but also an enjoyable experience. 

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Topics: College Admissions

How to ask for more financial aid for college

Posted by PowerScore Test Preparation on January 6, 2017 at 3:08 PM


When it comes to college, the most stressful thing you're likely going to go through is figuring out how to pay for it. Filling out form after form, completing the FAFSA and CSS PROFILE, submitting tax returns, getting everything sent off and certified--it can be quite the experience.

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Topics: College Admissions

Top 5 tasks if you are waitlisted for college

Posted by PowerScore Test Preparation on December 16, 2016 at 12:22 PM


If you're like most college applicants, you would almost rather see a rejection letter than a waitlist letter. While the rejection letter may hurt more, you at least have closure. With a waitlist letter, you have...well, not closure. And a whole lot of waiting, to boot. So what should you do if you're waitlisted at one of your top college choices?

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Topics: College Admissions

Should you retake the ACT or SAT?

Posted by PowerScore Test Preparation on November 4, 2016 at 12:36 PM

After all the tough questions on the ACT or SAT, you have another one to answer when your scores arrive: Should you take the test again?

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Topics: College Admissions, SAT Prep, ACT Prep

Picking a College: Parents Just Don't Understand (or Do They?)

Posted by PowerScore Test Preparation on September 16, 2016 at 11:14 AM

Every year, at thousandsPicking a College: Parents Just Don't Understand (or Do They?) of dinner tables across the country, a silent war of wits wages. You may even be engaged in it right now. The battle lines are drawn: Who gets to pick the college? Is it you, the student who will be attending? It is your parents, who are footing the bill? Or should both have a say? And if so, how much input does each party get?

Your parents, naturally, believe they should have the most say. After all, they’re not only paying for it, but they also feel that they have the best grasp on what’s most beneficial for you. You, on the other hand, feel that your input should be the most valid. You’re the one attending, after all! Sure, your parents are taking on most of the financial burden, but they’re not the ones who have to literally live with the decision—you do!

So, who should have a say, and who should butt out? As it turns out, both sides have valid points and opinions to share and, working together, can come up with the best solution—not only for your parents, but for you, too.

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Topics: College Admissions

Three Freshman Tips: Planning for College

Posted by PowerScore Test Preparation on August 19, 2016 at 11:44 AM


Applying to college can be an exciting, momentous, confusing, stressful, and intimidating time. Your whole future is a question mark, and the decisions you make can affect your happiness and earning potential later on in life.

Many students assume that the college application process really starts junior year--and, in a way, they're right. That's when you really get crackin' with your college research, ACT and SAT prep, and the gathering of documents required for admission. However, that doesn't mean that freshman and sophomore years can be idled away. By taking the time to create a fantastic student profile right from the start of high school, you'll be putting yourself in a great position when you're ready hit the "Submit" button on your applications years down the road.

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Topics: College Admissions

How to Make the Most of the Summer Before Senior Year

Posted by PowerScore Test Preparation on July 14, 2016 at 12:49 PM

It’s easy to treat your junior year, and not your senior year, as the true culmination of your high school career. Junior year is the last full year of grades that colleges see when you apply, after all, and many high school students take on leadership positions in their extracurriculars during their junior year, and not their senior year. However, senior year is just as, if not more, important than junior year—and you need to treat it that way. Here are ten steps that you should follow during the summer before your final high school hurrah to set the stage for a productive senior year.

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Topics: College Admissions

Important Dates for the June 11, 2015 ACT

Posted by PowerScore Test Preparation on April 27, 2016 at 12:36 PM

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If you're considering signing up for the June 11, 2015 ACT, don't put it off 'til the last minute! Here are the important dates you must remember so that your registration can be processed on time.

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Topics: ACT Prep

Important Dates for the April 9, 2015 ACT

Posted by PowerScore Test Preparation on February 24, 2016 at 12:36 PM

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If you're considering signing up for the April 9, 2015 ACT, don't put it off 'til the last minute! Here are the important dates you must remember so that your registration can be processed on time.

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Topics: ACT Prep

Important Dates for the February 6, 2015 ACT

Posted by PowerScore Test Preparation on December 28, 2015 at 12:36 PM

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If you're considering signing up for the February 6, 2015 ACT, don't put it off 'til the last minute! Here are the important dates you must remember so that your registration can be processed on time.

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Topics: ACT Prep