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Preparing (or Not) for the PSAT

Test Prep

This year’s PSAT tests are on October 10 and October 13. The PSAT contains the same sections and types of questions as does the SAT, but it’s just a little shorter. Some junior-year students and parents wonder if it is wise to prepare for the test as fully as they likely will later on for the SAT or ACT.

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Junior year is much like having two monitors on your desk. On one screen, you see your current life: AP classes, debate team, culture club president, captain of the swim team. On the other monitor, sitting just next to present reality, sits future plan: college, and each screen is pulling for your attention.

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Getting to Know Your College Counselor

College School Admissions

We’re not saying you should be starting your college search right now! In fact, we’re firm believers that high school should be and is more than just pre-college. But there will come a time in the not-too-distant future when you’ll be really wanting some help from that college counselor – and so will pretty much everyone else in your grade.

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The Value of Your Vocabulary

Life Skills

You are about to begin amassing an ever-growing written history. You will be creating more essays, research papers, summaries, reports, resumes and requests for people to review. Having a more varied knowledge of words will help you leave a better impression than someone whose presentation comes off as relatively simple or more repetitive.

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How to Adult

College Life Skills

How to adult: concrete advice for money, mental health, and friendship as high school seniors transition from to college.

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It’s hard to stop the teacher and say, “I don’t get it” - but it’s important for your learning. Here are 5 ways to look like a total pro when you ask for clarification.

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How one of America’s bravest voices teaches us to nail the dreaded personal statement

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For many, the college application process requires a more expansive application strategy. Many colleges have multiple deadline options, which presents the opportunity to consider the implications of ED, early action (EA), rolling admissions, regular decision, and other deadlines.

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Interested in a world-class engineering education? Check out these Boston-area neighbors: MIT and Olin College of Engineering.

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The Lessons of Jim Fowler

Life Skills

Ned Johnson, President and Tutor-Greek of PrepMatters, shares his recollections of Wild Kingdom’s Jim Fowler and their implications for today’s students and parents.