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The Importance of Creating a Strong Activities List in Your Common App

The Importance of Creating a Strong Activities List in Your Common App When applying to colleges, your application is more than just your grades and test scores. Admissions committees are looking for...

The Return of Standardized Testing

In the evolving landscape of college admissions, standardized tests (aka. SAT and ACT) have seen fluctuating importance. While many institutions shifted to test-optional policies during the COVID-19...

Crafting Your College List – Pittsburgh Prep

Embarking on the journey to find the right college is a pivotal moment in a high school senior's life. As an independent college admission consultant, I've witnessed firsthand the transformative...

The Reemergence of the SAT/ACT exam

In recent years, the SAT exam has experienced a resurgence in relevance and importance. This resurgence comes at a time when concerns over grade inflation have intensified, prompting colleges and...

Dominate Your AP Exams like a Pro

Congratulations! You've decided to tackle the academic juggernaut known as the Advanced Placement (AP) exams. You're about to embark on a journey that will test your knowledge, stamina, and sanity...

How to Crush Your Digital SAT Exam with Confidence

The brand spanking new Digital SAT exam is a crucial step in the college admissions process, and acing it can significantly impact your future academic endeavors. Whether you're a high school junior...

Digital PSAT and SAT: All You Need To Know As Parents, Students and Educators

Here’s the nitty-gritty on the new Digital PSAT and the Digital SAT. ...

I got deferred! Don’t panic. Here’s what you need to do.

Receiving a deferral letter from a college can be disheartening, but it’s essential to remember that it’s not the end of the road. Many students successfully turn a deferral into an acceptance by...

“I SUCK”: Insights into Negative Self-Talk and Why It May Not be a Bad Thing

When LeBron left his home team the first time in 2010, fans in Cleveland were furious. They burned his jersey in public, and Ohio sports writers were in shock that their native son would leave the...