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  • In recent years, a trend has emerged at schools all over the country: high schools, including some of the most prestigious and selective, are capping the number of AP classes their students can take. This trend has made its way to Baltimore. This move has left some

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  • Although applying to college may be stressful, a lot of fun things come with it, including visiting college campuses. You can surf the web as much as you want, but the only way to truly get a feel for a school is a

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  • Reading speed, vocabulary recognition, and short-term visual memory are all important skills for the reading sections of the SAT or ACT. Lots of students don’t read outside of what is required in school, which seriously hurts them when it comes time to prep for college admissions

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  • You’ve probably heard that junior year of high school is the most important year of your high school career. And it’s true— it’s especially “make-or-break” for your college applications. While college admissions officers will look at the entirety of your high school transcript, they

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  • You might be reading the title of this blog and scratching your head. Us too. A lawsuit was filed Tuesday alleging that by requiring the SAT or ACT for admission, the University of California system is violating the constitution. The lawsuit, filed by a pro bono law firm on behalf

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  • Deciding whether to focus on the ACT or SAT is one of the biggest decisions you’ll make during high school. Check out this blog to read about what kinds of students are better suited for one test or the

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  • sat essay

    The SAT Essay is optional part of the test, and won’t affect your score score out of 1600 (You do, however, get a separate essay score, see tip #2 for more on that). Some colleges require it, while others recommend it, so you’ll have to decide for yourself

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  • algebra 2

    The question above may seem inconsequential, but your decision can actually have massive ripple effects for your future. In our experience, the decision between honors or regular Algebra 2 will have a huge bearing on how prepared you are for the Math section of the SAT or ACT,

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  • gamification

    Sometimes it can be difficult to study or start working, especially if you aren’t excited by the material. In these cases it can become easy to procrastinate on assignments and fall behind. Creating incentives for yourself is a great way to get assignments and

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  • biology and history

    Biology and History are totally unrelated, right? Wrong! Biology and History classes are actually more similar than you might think, and the similarities lie in how they are learned. Both subjects require you to not only memorize massive amounts of material, but also to comprehend the material and

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