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Your Guide to the July ACT: What Parents and Students Need to Know

By IvyWise on Mon, May 21, 2018 @ 12:20 PM

The New Summer Test Date Can Help Rising Seniors Finish Their Testing Before The School Year

Juniors: Still need to take the ACT but worried you’re running out of time? Fear not! You now have more chances than ever to wrap up your test prep before senior year, even with the school year coming to a close. This year will mark the first administration of the July ACT, which will be held on July 14.

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How to Make Your Test Prep More Engaging

By IvyWise on Thu, May 17, 2018 @ 12:36 PM

Switch Up Your Study Routine So It Doesn't Get Boring

With summer break around the corner, many students might find it challenging to sit indoors and crack down on those end of year AP Exams, projects, and finals. Since it is important to stay engaged for the entire academic year, it’s important to think outside of the box and brainstorm ways to make your test prep and studying less of a chore and more of something to look forward to!

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How to Find College Acceptance Rates Online

By IvyWise on Wed, May 09, 2018 @ 12:45 PM

Acceptance Rates Are An Important Metric For Students When Building A Balanced College List

Every year we hear about “record-low acceptance rates” for a number of already highly selective colleges and universities. With more students applying to more colleges, it’s no surprise that many schools across the US are seeing their admission rates drop, however, that’s not always the case for every institution. When building your balanced college list it’s important to understand how your profile stacks up against the most recently admitted class and the overall college acceptance rates for each school to which you plan to apply.

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Yes, College Admissions Officers Are Looking At Social Media

By IvyWise on Tue, May 08, 2018 @ 11:51 AM

But That Shouldn’t Scare You If You’re Smart Online

We hear it every year: College admissions officers are checking out applicants’ social media profiles and it can affect how they’re viewed – especially if there’s anything particularly egregious out there. The latest Kaplan survey of college admissions officers found that almost 70% of them think that looking at social media is “fair game” in the admissions process.

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Colleges Still Accepting Applications for Fall 2018

By IvyWise on Thu, May 03, 2018 @ 09:58 AM

These Schools Still Have Space For the Class of 2022

Got a late start on the college admissions process? Didn’t like your college options? Reconsidering your planned gap year? There are over 400 colleges and universities in the US (and abroad!) that are still accepting applications for the class of 2022 entering fall 2018.

Topics: Class of 2022
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5 Extracurricular Activity Ideas for STEM Students

By IvyWise on Wed, Apr 25, 2018 @ 03:28 PM

There Are Many Ways That STEM Students Can Explore Their Interests Outside of the Classroom

Extracurricular activities are a great way for students to explore their interests, develop a specialty, and eventually stand out when it comes time to apply to college. For STEM students, finding extracurricular initiatives that match their interests can sometimes be difficult, but there are actually a lot of opportunities out there that allow STEM students to get involved and make an impact.

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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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