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Without a doubt, your parents, your teachers, and even that chemistry prof uncle can provide great writing guidance. However, getting too much feedback can confuse or even overwhelm you. What happens when two individuals give you suggestions that both make sense to you—but those ideas are a bit different...

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For students taking a December SSAT, ISEE, or HSPT, it is often the last step of a long trek. It’s always important to put your best effort in for the test, but it can be particularly hard when you’re worn out and just holding on for winter break. Here are some final pointers.

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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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PrepMatters has just released the 2018-2019 edition of its Top Colleges Requirements Chart. Having prepared and presented it for a decade or so, it would be easy to look at it and think it’s the “same old, same old” -- but not so. Although the columns have remained largely the same, it nonetheless bears witness to a number of changes in the college admissions scene. Over the years, the most notable change we’ve seen is in the number of colleges and universities that no longer require standardized testing of any kind as a requirement for admission.

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The Follow Through

Life Skills Schoolwork & Studying

Following through will help you continue the narrative you’ve conveyed in your applications and also establish habits you’ll find useful for a lifetime.

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The Final Summer Before High School

Life Skills

What to do with your final summer before high school? Should you binge your favorite shows you missed from the school year? Sleep until noon every day? Engage 100% in non-academic activities? How do you make the most of that time and still feel refreshed? Here are a few things to consider.

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The 360° on Demonstrated Interest

College School Admissions

Investigate, ask questions, and show some love to your schools. Above all, however, keep in mind that informed, educated decisions are likely to yield the most positive results.

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Giving Thanks Beyond November

Your family may already have established traditions of sharing gratitude: a heartfelt word, a phone call, a handwritten note. We want to encourage our students to reach out to the individuals who helped get them through the high school admissions process.

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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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Suggestions for Summer Reading

Life Skills

Summer is a great time to exercise your curiosity and follow your instincts toward a new interest. So why not experiment and create a whole new area of the world to investigate. Books can be a great companion to your summer. Need some ideas? To get you started, PrepMatters tutors and counselors have put together a list of suggestions—a few sparks that may send you on a path to the unexpected.