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Confused about the differences between ED, EA, REA, and SCEA? Unsure what's best for you? Maureen Delaney guides you through the maze of early applications.

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Starting things is hard. I’ve devoted way more creative energy over the years to excusing why I haven’t started projects than I have to starting them. “Statistically speaking,” says John Mulaney, “it is 100% easier not to do a thing, than to do a thing.”

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After Class: Theater

After Class Life Skills

Each month, we highlight a particular extracurricular to give you a preview of something you might like to try out. Jeff Knox shares his thoughts on Theater in this month's After Class feature.

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Brains, like muscles, do not grow strong and resilient through constant, exhaustive effort, but rather through intermittent periods of manageable stress, and rest. The default mode network is all about connection: connection to other people, to our pasts and futures, and to ourselves.

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Changes to ACT Extended-Time Testing

Test Prep

The ACT has revised its time limits for extended-time students. Learn more here about these changes.

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

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