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On October 8, 2019, the ACT announced major changes to its testing and reporting policies. PrepMatters tutoring and educational planning staff offer their thoughts on what these changes mean for students.

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We cannot stop many of these adolescent rites of passage, but we can determine how we will prepare for them in the future and how we will respond when they do occur.

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Have you ever gotten halfway through a writing assignment only to realize you have no idea what you’re saying or if you’re even addressing the topic? Yeah, us too. That’s why one of the first assignments you’re likely to get this year is the dreaded paper outline. Today, we’ll talk about why outlines actually do matter—and we’ll review some other ways you can start writing if you find yourself staring at a blank screen.

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Welcome to junior year, the most important year of the high school transcript. This will be the most recent full-year of grades submitted with your application. This is the year that highlights your mastery and expertise.

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9 Tips for Your Best Sleep

Perfection only exists on Instagram. When placing sleep at the top of our priority list, here are our nine favorite sleep tips: clear-cut, actionable things you can do to get to sleep more easily.

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It is true that junior year grades are paramount, but colleges do consider senior year transcripts. Work hard and continue...

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At this point, junior year is in full swing, and you now understand what all your upperclassmen friends have been warning you about. You’ve likely got a test or paper under your belt in each of your classes and are in the process of finding the balance of managing a heavier workload and more responsibility in your extracurriculars. And now you realize that the PSAT is next week. Oh, great. Here comes the College Board to put its big, fat, number two pencil-stained thumb on the scale and throw everything out of whack again. Well, it doesn’t have to be that way if you keep the PSAT in perspective. Here are a few things to think about as you prepare to run the first of the gauntlet of standardized tests coming at you this year.

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As you dial down to the nitty-gritty of your application details, switch your approach to privacy mode

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College applications take a lot of work. You’ve got to fill out the form in addition to writing essays and getting letters of recommendation. You’ve got to manage deadlines and document your activities. Almost everyone is aware of those requirements, but what’s often overlooked—due to either carelessness, hastiness, or laziness—are the little details.

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From initial research & test prep to the high school admissions interview, the high school application process is a great opportunity for kids to share responsibility for shaping their future. Handing over the keys can be scary for everyone, but there's plenty of room for both parents and students to be involved.