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How To Pick Your College Major

For most students, picking a college major is the most stressful part of the college process. There are hundreds of jobs out there and just as many majors. Tack on the uncertainty of the future and the high cost of college and the decision becomes very

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Other Considerations When Searching For Colleges

When searching and comparing colleges, many students get lost in the process. They bury themselves in dollar amounts, percentages, and statistics. They focus so much on what a particular college will do for their future, that they forget to consider what

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How Extracurricular Activities Affect Grades

There are many variables that can influence a student's academic performance in school. Good study habits, recreational reading, and whether or not the student ate breakfast that morning are all examples. Another very important factor is the student’s

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Does Your Child Need A Tutor?

If the title of this article attracted your attention, that may be a clue. Chances are, you have wondered if it is time to take the next step to help your child succeed. The course grades and test scores your child earns during their middle and high

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Finding And Choosing The Right Tutor

Getting your child a tutor is an investment in their future. In fact, it may be the most important investment you can make for them during their middle and high school years. It will take time and patience for you and your child while searching and

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Building Strong Study Habits

To prepare for the rigors of university-level coursework - and to build a transcript that will impress college admissions committees - it's important to develop strong study habits during middle and high school. Unfortunately, much of the conventional

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Why Recreational Reading Is Important

From the time students learn to read, their teachers' fondest hope is that they become competent, joyful "lifelong readers." The reasons behind all those independent reading journals and book clubs may surprise you, though - it's not really about the

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Taking Advantage of Your Summer

Summer vacation was originally created before air conditioning was invented. Imagine sweltering classrooms in the city. Who would get anything done? Therefore, the logical decision was to let school out for the summer. But that doesn't mean you need to

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How Parents Can Get More Involved

A student's performance in high school determines which colleges they get into as well as the eligibility for many scholarships. That's why it's important for parents to get involved in their child's academic studies and extracurricular activities. Here

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Meeting With Your College Counselor

Just like you have coaches for sports and teachers for classes, you also have college counselors for academic planning and college preparation. They are the expert in your corner. Their purpose is to help you make the most of your high school experience

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The Importance of Accreditation

One of the worst things that can happen to a student, is unknowingly attending (and paying for) a college, university, or program that is not accredited. Attending an unaccredited school may have drastic consequences to the student. First, federal and

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College Prep Plan: Senior Year

Your senior year in high school is about finishing strong. It is easy to allow yourself to be distracted by focusing on your first year in college. Remember that marathons are won in the last mile. Follow the College Prep Plan below to stay on the right

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College Prep Plan: Junior Year

Your junior year in high school is when you get serious about your future path. Staying on top of your grades, studying for admission tests, and visiting colleges will occupy much of your time. Follow the College Prep Plan below to stay on the right path.

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College Prep Plan: Sophomore Year

Your sophomore year in high school is about keeping up the momentum academically. While there is still a lot left to do, this year you will start narrowing down your college research. Follow the College Prep Plan below to stay on the right path.

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College Prep Plan: Freshman Year

Your freshman year in high school is the most important year of your high school career. Focus on building a strong foundation for academic success by committing to positive study habits and using your time wisely. Follow the College Prep Plan below to

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Creating Your Four-Year High School Course Plan

Starting with the article How Colleges Evaluate Students, we can see that three of the top four factors in college admission decisions relate to the level of difficulty of your coursework and your grades in those courses. Therefore, it would be wise to

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How Colleges Evaluate Prospective Students

The college admissions process can be very competitive and stressful. The more selective the school, the more competitive it gets. Just like any other competition, it's important to know the areas where you will be judged and how. Lucky for you, there are

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Optometry Admission Test (OAT)

The Optometry Admission Test (OAT) is administered by the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) to assess a graduate student's readiness for academic work required in optometry school. It is used by optometry school admissions

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Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)

The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is created by the Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC) and is designed to measure your ability to handle graduate-level study in business. Rather than testing on business knowledge, the test is

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GRE General Test

The GRE General Test is a graduate level exam designed to measure your ability and proficiency in doing graduate level work. It is used by graduate admissions teams to assess your application for graduate or business school. It was created and is

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GRE Subject Tests

The GRE Subject Tests are exams created by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to measure a graduate student's knowledge of particular academic areas. The exams may be requested by colleges and universities to show proficiency in the specific degree

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Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT)

The Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) is a computer-based test used by colleges of pharmacy to identify students who show the aptitude to pursue training in pharmacological science. The PCAT measures a participant's academic ability and their

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Medical College Admisson Test (MCAT)

The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is a computer-based test that measures a participant's knowledge and abilities in a number of areas, including problem solving, critical thinking and science. If you're planning to apply to medical school, you

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Dental Admission Test (DAT)

The Dental Admission Test (DAT), developed by the American Dental Association, is the exam you must take if you're planning to enter dental school in the United States or Canada. It is used by dental school admissions departments to compare students by

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Test Day Preparation

You know you need to do well on the SAT Reasoning Test™ or ACT® to impress the admissions officers at the colleges you're looking at, and you've probably already heard lots of advice from parents and teachers about how to study. Assuming that you've been

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Studying for Undergraduate Admissions Tests

If you're planning to go to college, taking the SAT Reasoning Test™ or the ACT® is practically mandatory, and most students sit for at least one round of testing in their junior or senior year. Because doing well is crucial for most high school students

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AP® Courses: What to Expect

If you're a high school student with a passion for a particular subject, the Advanced Placement Program® has a lot to offer. AP courses are available in everything from French to physics, and they provide a college-level learning experience that comes

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College-Level Examination Program® (CLEP)

The College-Level Examination Program (CLEP®) is a series of exams created by the College Board® to measure a student's knowledge of typical college coursework. Taking CLEP exams is typically cheaper than paying to enroll in classes, and for students who

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ASVAB

The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is used by the U.S. Armed Forces to determine three important factors: your eligibility to enlist, the type of job you'll be assigned, and the type of military career you should pursue. It's free to

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Military Education Aid: Dependents' of Veterans and Servicemembers

If you are the spouse or child of a veteran or servicemember, there are unique financial aid options available to assist you in paying for your college education. Educational assistance programs, grants, and scholarships are all available to help you

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Military Education Aid: During and After Service Part 2

The GI Bill and its various programs offer many helpful opportunities for active and former servicemembers to obtain aid. They are not the only forms of funding available, however, to help young men and women looking to obtain a college degree and serve

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Military Education Aid: During and After Service Part 1

To help active and former servicemembers earn a college degree without ending up in significant student loan debt, there are several financial aid options available.

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Military Education Aid: Before Service

If you see yourself enlisting in the armed forces after you've earned a degree, know that there are many financial aid options available to help you pay for the expenses associated with college, as long as you make a commitment for future service. Such

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Introduction to Military Education Aid

If you are interested in serving in the armed forces, you can both enlist for active duty, and gain a college education. There are a variety of financial aid options available that will assist you before, during, and after military service. Before you

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GRE General Test vs GMAT

The GRE General Test and GMAT are graduate exams used to test proficiency and the ability to do graduate level work. These tests are used to showcase skills to make a determination whether or not this candidate is a good fit for the program.

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SAT Subject Tests™

The SAT Subject Tests (formerly known as the SAT II) are exams created by the College Board® to measure a student's knowledge of particular academic areas. The exams are required by some competitive colleges and universities as an additional way to

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Miller Analogies Test (MAT)

The Miller Analogies Test (MAT) is an exam created by Pearson to measure a student's readiness for graduate-level academic work. It is used by university admissions departments to compare students across undergraduate programs by using a single

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Law School Admission Test (LSAT®)

The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is an exam created by the Law School Admission Council to measure a graduate student's readiness for the academic work required in law school. It is used by law school admissions departments to compare students by

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UExcel

The UExcel is a series of exams created by the UExcel Excelsior College Examination Program to measure a student's knowledge of specific college coursework. The tests were designed by Excelsior College as a way to award college credit to working adults

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DSST

The DSST (formerly known as the DANTES Subject Standardized Tests) is a series of exams created to measure a student's knowledge of typical college coursework. The tests were originally designed by the U.S. Department of Defense as a way to award college

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PSAT 10 and PSAT/NMSQT®

The PSAT is now available in two different versions: the PSAT 10 for high school Sophomores and the PSAT/NMSQT for Juniors. Both exams were created by the College Board® to measure a student's readiness for the SAT Reasoning Test™ by focusing on the

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Avanced Placement Program®

The Advanced Placement Program (AP®) is an educational program created by the College Board® to provide college-level coursework to motivated high school students. AP exams are also offered for each subject to measure achievement in the course. Scores on

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SAT Reasoning Test™

The SAT Reasoning Test (formerly known as the Scholastic Aptitude Test) is an exam created by the College Board® to measure a student's readiness for university-level academic work. It is used by college and university admissions departments to compare

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ACT®

The ACT (formerly known as American College Testing) is an exam created by ACT, Incorporated to measure a student's academic achievement in high school. It is used by college and university admissions departments to compare students across schools and

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ACT® vs SAT Reasoning Test™

The ACT and the SAT Reasoning Test are both exams created to measure a student's readiness for college-level academic work. They are used by college and university admissions departments to compare students across schools and regions by using a single

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Federal Education Tax Benefits

When students and families file their taxes every year, they can claim eligible education expenses to take advantage of the available education tax credits and deductions. It is important to understand what differentiates a tax credit from a deduction.

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More Federal Aid Programs

The most popular and largest form of financial aid comes from the federal government and is commonly referred to as Federal Student Aid. This aid can be applied for by prospective and current college students by using the FAFSA (Free Application for

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Going to Community College First

In most cases, the first two years of college are pretty much the same no matter where you go. The core requirements and subjects are very similar. Since college tuition costs are only expected to increase, it makes sense for many students to go to

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Reducing the Costs of Tuition Inflation

It's a reality of modern life that many students no longer finish their degrees in the traditional 4-year window. While this may mean a more thorough or flexible college schedule for students, it also means a significantly larger debt load upon

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Tuition Reciprosity Agreements

Paying tuition when you live outside the state or country in which the college is located is extra expensive. One of the best ways to keep tuition down is to leverage tuition reciprocity agreements. These are contracts between participating colleges and

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Testing for College Credit

Most college students and their parents are interested in ways to save money on tuition. College is expensive enough without paying for courses that you don't really need to take. That's why you should consider testing out of as many required courses as

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Federal Savings Tax Benefits

Because Federal Student Aid rarely covers all college costs, the federal government created special tax benefits for students and families that save money in qualified education savings plans. Below you will find an overview of each savings plan. You can

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Understanding Federal Education Tax and Savings Benefits

The federal government offers students and families more than just grants, work-study programs, and loans. They also created various education tax and savings account benefits to help make college more affordable for students and families. The education

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State Aid

Whether you're a student putting yourself through school or a parent helping your child get a college education, you no doubt would appreciate more sources of financial aid. Luckily, your state provides many resources to help you increase the amounts

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Finding Scholarships

It's no secret that the cost of a college education in the United States is quite high. Taking into consideration that the "typical" college degree requires four years to obtain, that easily adds up to nearly $100,000 when all is said and done. And even

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Repaying Your Federal Student Loans

Most students need to take out at least some student loans to help pay for college. Before you borrow any money, though, it's important to understand how repayment works so you can start planning for how you will repay your loans. The federal government

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Federal Student Aid Awards and Application Process

Federal student aid consists of three different types of awards that can help you pay for school. These three types of awards are grants, work-study opportunities, and loans. All you need to do is complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student

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Getting Started with Federal Student Aid

All students should start their college funding search with federal student aid. It is the most widely accessible type of aid, available to all United States citizens and permanent residents. The federal government awards many types of grants, which you

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Introduction to Financial Aid and Saving on College Costs

Earning a college degree is more important than ever, as employers are looking for a minimum of a bachelor's degree, and many positions now require a graduate degree. However, a college education is also more expensive than ever. The average cost of

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