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SAT vs. ACT: Taking Accommodations Into Consideration When Beginning Your Test Prep

By IvyWise on Wed, Apr 18, 2018 @ 10:00 AM

For Students Requiring Testing Accommodations It’s Important To Consider Your Options Along With Your Test Prep Plan

According to The College Board, nearly 160,000 requests for testing accommodations were made in 2015-16. For students with learning disabilities or differences (LDs), deciding which college entrance exam – the SAT or the ACT – is the best fit for their needs can be extra challenging as they must navigate additional considerations, like applying to accommodations. While one test isn’t preferable over the other for every LD – everyone is an individual – there are some elements that make one test for preferable over another depending on students’ needs and available accommodations.

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IvyWise Gives Back: 2018 Corporate Service Trip Recap

By IvyWise on Mon, Apr 16, 2018 @ 12:38 PM

Seven IvyWise Team Members Share Their Favorite Memories Of Their Time In Guatemala With School the World

In March, seven IvyWise team members traveled to Guatemala with School the World as part of the organization’s first corporate service trip, where they built a school for a community outside of Santa Cruz del Quiche.

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College Prep Planning For 8th Grade Students

By IvyWise on Fri, Apr 13, 2018 @ 10:00 AM

Current 8th Graders Should Start Making a Plan for Their First Year of High School

The easiest way to minimize the stress associated with the college admissions process is to start early! If you have an understanding of what admissions officers are looking for and what you need to check off of your to-do list and when, you can avoid last-minute time crunches. Do yourself a favor and use the summer before 9th grade to plan for your freshman year of high school and, ultimately, set yourself up for college prep success for the next four years.

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How Can I Conquer Testing Anxiety?

By IvyWise on Wed, Apr 11, 2018 @ 10:00 AM

Testing Anxiety Can Greatly Impact Students’ Test Prep – Here’s How to Tackle It

While it’s common for students to feel nervous before an exam, there are some students who experience a heightened sense of nervous feelings known as anxiety. Too much anxiety, when in correlation to an examination, is known as “testing anxiety.” It is possible for testing anxiety to lead to testing difficulties since it can inhibit students from performing to the best of their abilities depending on how it manifests. So what can students do to minimize the impact that testing anxiety has on their test-day performance?

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4 Important College Prep Skills You Can Learn From A Summer Job

By IvyWise on Mon, Apr 09, 2018 @ 02:06 PM

A Summer Job Can Help You Earn Some Extra Cash and Develop Skills That Will Take You Through the Admissions Process and College

Academic courses or summer programs and MOOCs aren’t the only options that students have in order stay productive or keep learning this summer. In addition to exploring your interests through summer activities, a summer job can help you develop a new skills that are sometimes difficult to develop inside the classroom. No matter the job, taking on a paid position with a defined set of responsibilities will challenge you in new and exciting ways.

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5 Tips for Students Waitlisted at Their Top-Choice College

By IvyWise on Wed, Mar 28, 2018 @ 10:00 AM

A Waitlist Decision Can Be Confusing, So What Should You Do?

So you’ve been placed on the dreaded waitlist. Now what? There’s actually a lot that students can do to maximize their chances of admission off the waitlist.

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7 Tips for Students Denied From Their Top-Choice College

By IvyWise on Tue, Mar 27, 2018 @ 10:00 AM

If You're Denied Don't Give Up Hope!

Receiving a denial from a college can be extremely disappointing, but it’s not the end of the world. There are a number of things that students can do to deal with a denial – and focus on the positives.

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6 Tips for Students Accepted to Their Top-Choice Colleges

By IvyWise on Mon, Mar 26, 2018 @ 09:53 AM

Here's What to Do If You're Accepted!

More college admissions decisions are coming out this week, and we have some advice for students who were accepted to their top-choice colleges.

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6 Must-Have Items For Your College Visits

By IvyWise on Thu, Mar 22, 2018 @ 10:00 AM

Here's What to Bring On Your Campus Tours This Spring

College visits are an important part of the college prep process, as it help students learn more about schools of interest in order to build their balanced college list. Campus visits are a marathon – not a sprint – and taking along the right items can help make your time touring schools a lot easier!

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Extracurricular Activity Resources for High School Freshmen and Sophomores

By IvyWise on Wed, Mar 21, 2018 @ 04:58 PM

Are You Participating In Meaningful Extracurricular Activities?

Colleges want to see what students are doing outside of the classroom, so high school students should seek out extracurricular opportunities that they’re passionate about and match their interests. For high school freshmen and sophomores, it can be hard to figure out exactly what their interests are and the activities that best suit those passions. Luckily, there are a number of resources for high school freshmen and sophomores to help them identify their core interests and find activities that support them.

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