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

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

Three Reasons Why Many Students Never Get Scholarships

Posted by Jocelyn Paonita on March 31, 2016 at 11:07 AM

This week's post is provided by guest blogger Jocelyn Paonita, founder of The Scholarship System.

Winning scholarships is always a hot topic with students. Who doesn't want free money? Scholarships are free dollars that universities, organizations, and companies give to students to help them pay for college. While some of the money may be strictly for tuition, many external scholarships can be used for anything, including rent, groceries, books, a laptop, and more. 

The issue is that students sabotage themselves before they even get started. Here's why most students never get scholarships and how to make sure it doesn't happen to you!

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Topics: College Admissions

Four SAT Prep Goals for Juniors

Posted by Vicki Wood on January 19, 2015 at 10:18 AM

You can procrastinate no longer, Juniors. If you haven't already starting to think about SAT prep, it's time. We recommend that all juniors take the test at least once in the spring of their junior year, and that they spend two to four months preparing for said test. As of today, you have 7 weeks until the March test, 14 weeks until the May test, and 19 weeks until the June test. But have no fear--I'm not throwing you into the deep end just yet. I’m going to ease you into the realm of college admissions tests by talking about goal-setting for the SAT.

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Topics: College Admissions, SAT Prep

3 Common College Admissions Myths

Posted by PowerScore Test Preparation on February 27, 2014 at 8:00 AM

The college application process is filled with myths and misconceptions about what colleges and universities are looking for, and what will tip the scales in the applicant's favor. Everything, from the importance of participating in as many extracurriculars as possible, to who should write your letters of recommendation, has a story attached to it. One of the most important things you can do as you get ready to apply to college is learn to distinguish fact from fiction in the admissions process.

Today, I'll talk about three of the most common college admissions myths.

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Topics: College Admissions

How to beat senioritis and make your last year of high school COUNT

Posted by PowerScore Test Preparation on February 13, 2014 at 8:00 AM


Ah, Senior Year. You’ve waited for it, pined for it, ached for it—and now it’s almost here! That last year before you go off to college; those last few months before you get to be on your own.

Understandably, it will feel like it drags on forever. And ever. After a while, you may lose steam, and simply become a high school zombie, waiting for that final of final bells to ring so that you can close out your high school chapter and start you college story. You might fall prey to that most dreaded of high school diseases: senioritis. The symptoms of senioritis are common and widespread amongst graduating classes: Glazed-over eyes, blank expressions, lack of interest…in everything. You’re done, you’re spent, you’re ready to move on.

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Topics: College Admissions

Five ways to NOT start your college application essays

Posted by PowerScore Test Preparation on December 12, 2013 at 9:00 AM


When it comes to applying to college, perhaps one of the most nerve-wracking parts of the whole process is writing those darn essays. No one likes to talk about themselves, and people like talking about themselves even less when what they say could possibly cost them acceptance into their dream school. 

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Topics: College Admissions

Applying to college? Here are 9 resources you need to know.

Posted by PowerScore Test Preparation on November 7, 2013 at 9:00 AM


Whether you're currently applying to college, or are just starting to think about the process, having resources available is something that all students can benefit from. I know that I constantly rely on information and guidance from multiple sources (both online and off) to help me as I counsel students--and, often, the information I get from these sources is incredibly useful.

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Topics: College Admissions

Should you submit both ACT and SAT scores to colleges?

Posted by PowerScore Test Preparation on October 10, 2013 at 9:00 AM


It's something that we're hearing more and more of recently--students who are submitting both ACT and SAT score to the colleges to which they are applying. It seems to be a fairly new phenomenon; it's something that's become particularly prevalent (and that we've been asked more and more about) in the last couple of years.

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Topics: College Admissions