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The New ACT-SAT Concordance and, More Importantly, What to Do About It

Test Prep School Admissions

The College Board and the ACT have released new tables so that you can more accurately compare scores. Find out what you need to know!

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College Essays in English Class

Writing a college essay College

English teachers often require students to write college essays as a classroom assignments. Consider a

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University of Chicago Goes Test-Optional, Most Selective College To Do So

School Admissions College

Jeff Knox, PrepMatters' Director of Educational Planning, discusses the decision by the University of Chicago to make standardized tests optional for undergraduate applicants.

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Teacher Recommendations: Who Are Your People?

School Admissions College

Letters of recommendation confirm your strengths and distinguish you from other students. As your teachers talk about you as a whole person, they also offer third-party support for the narrative about yourself that you share in your college essay.

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Looking Ahead: The College Essay

Writing a college essay School Admissions

Get a head start on your college essay with these common application prompts.

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Reinventing Yourself for Freshman Year

Schoolwork & Studying

The transition from middle school to high school can be one of those classic opportunities for a fresh start.

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Less Screen Time and More Face-to-Face Time

Life Skills

The statistics on smartphone use and mental health are both compelling and concerning. The time is right to consider your own personal needs and find the best way to stay connected – to both the demands of technology and the people around you.

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Last-Minute AP Exam Tips

Test Prep Schoolwork & Studying

With AP exams rapidly approaching, here are some short bits of advice about the last days of studying and the test-day experience itself from our tutors for some of the most popular tests our students take. Above all else, remember to keep calm — you’ve got this!

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Good and Bad Reasons to Retest this Summer

Test Prep

Both the SAT and ACT will be offered this summer: see if you should sign up to test.

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Four Challenges to Online Tutoring (And What We Do About It)

Test Prep Schoolwork & Studying

Online tutoring is so convenient, but we still confront a few challenges to seamless, efficient tutoring sessions. Here are my top four online tutoring frustrations and what I do to help students learn despite them.