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We encourage students to find the test – SSAT or ISEE – that works for them and to prepare for that test. However, sometimes students will perform about the same on both tests or will simply want to give both the SSAT and ISEE a try.

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With school starting, we thought we’d give you a quick cheat-sheet to help you stay effective in your efforts. We've put together our favorite bite-sized tips to plan and start projects, foster creativity, stay motivated, and follow through.

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

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The Universities of Michigan and Wisconsin are two big schools with big spirit, and two of the most popular public institutions in the U.S. Each has long, proud traditions and exemplify the big university experience. Both are big academically too and provide opportunities for students to participate in exciting research while developing their skill set.

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Thinking of taking AP US Government – or AP NSL, as it’s known to MoCo students? Or are you already deep in the course and looking ahead to the AP exam? Either way, you probably have heard about the recent course redesign, and here’s what you need to know.

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Plan: Think Before You Act

Life Skills Schoolwork & Studying

Now that you're an experienced high schooler, this is a good time to develop and practice the skill of planning. Maureen Delaney and John Jones offer their tips for developing strong skills in the planning department.

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As you look ahead at the jump from sophomore to junior year, how soon should you start test prep? Director of Instruction Aaron Golumbfskie offers his perspective on how best to determine when to test and when to begin test prep.

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In breaking with the curricular structure of traditional academia, these three venerable institutions exemplify what they teach their students, which is to pursue excellence in the path they choose to follow. Each has outstanding programs that work well for independent-minded and well-motivated student.