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Robin Hood and IvyWise

By Sarah Shanahan on Thu, May 17, 2012 @ 11:36 AM

IvyWise Supports the Robin Hood Foundation

Dr. Kat and the IvyWise team were honored to support the Robin Hood Foundation at this week’s annual fundraising gala. The Robin Hood Foundation works to fight poverty in New York City and the foundation raised donations totaling $57 million dollars Monday evening, 100 percent of which will go to organizations that serve families living in poverty.

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The Common Application for Undergraduate College Admissions

By Sarah Shanahan on Tue, May 08, 2012 @ 12:34 PM

Changes to the 2012-2013 Common Application

The Common Application, referred to by many as the "Common App," allows college-bound students to apply easily to nearly 500 participating schools using a standardized form and essay questions (some schools do require supplements – read the fine print!). In 2011, nearly 2.5 million Common Apps were submitted by students from 205 countries, with the average student applying to more than four schools. The Common App recently previewed changes to the 2012-2013 edition, including the addition of 37 new schools. In fact the number of schools utilizing the Common Application has grown more than 20 percent in the past two years!

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Test Prep: AP Exams

By Sarah Shanahan on Tue, May 01, 2012 @ 10:37 AM

What's Your "AP"titude? – Part 2

It's May, and starting next week, high school students around the world will embark on two weeks of AP Exams. Recently, we explained what an AP Exam is and who can and should take an AP Exam. Today, our expert counselors explain when and why students should take an AP Exam.

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Test Prep: AP Exams

By Sarah Shanahan on Fri, Apr 27, 2012 @ 12:08 PM

What's Your "AP"titude?

Many high school students fret over standardized testing (“Which test will 'look' better?” “How many times should I take a particular test and when should I take them?”). But with so much focus on the SAT, ACT, and SAT Subject Tests, some students may overlook Advanced Placement (AP) exams. As AP exams often follow an AP course, they give a concrete test score while also showing a college admissions committee that a student is capable of taking college-level coursework. Don’t let the AP exams stress you out! The expert counselors at IvyWise are here to explain all you need to know about the APs so you can walk into the exam room with confidence.

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Course Planning for High School Students

By Sarah Shanahan on Fri, Apr 20, 2012 @ 11:37 AM

Course Planning for High School Students

Now that spring is in full swing, many high school students are looking forward to their summer plans (and some time away from school!). While September and the start of another school year may seem far away, most high schools require students to choose their courses for the fall before the end of the school year. Nya Marie, a high school junior from Chicago, recently blogged about choosing her senior year courses for the Huffington Post. Like Nya, many students struggle to balance the courses they want or need to take with what colleges "want" to see. Because there is nothing more important to an admissions committee than your performance in the classroom, the  expert counselors at IvyWise offer the following tips for choosing your courses:

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Colleges with Awesome Archives

By Sarah Shanahan on Fri, Apr 13, 2012 @ 11:46 AM

Dr. Kat's List: Colleges with Awesome Archives

It's National Poetry Month, which has us in a literary mood! College libraries are a great place to pursue your passion for the written art form and further offer students a popular place to study, socialize, and even sleep. While Harvard University, Yale University, and University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign boast the nation’s largest collegiate libraries, you may be surprised by some of the colleges that house unique and rare archive materials. These schools' collections of  historically and culturally significant manuscripts, maps, and sketches might provide just the right inspiration for your next literary masterpiece.

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College Admissions: Score Choice & Test Optional

By Sarah Shanahan on Tue, Apr 10, 2012 @ 12:40 PM

Score Choice & Test Optional

Classroom ability doesn’t necessarily correlate into standardized testing success. When it comes to standardized tests, the more you practice, the more comfortable you will be with the test, and the higher score you will achieve. That said, our counselors advise that students take the SAT or ACT no more than three times. Students’ scores tend to plateau after the third time and subsequent attempts may look desperate to an admissions committee. For students who struggle with standardized testing, or whose test scores don't accurately reflect their academic effort and ability, there are a few options.

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College Acceptance Rates, Class of 2016

By Sarah Shanahan on Tue, Apr 03, 2012 @ 11:31 AM

College Admission Rates, Class of 2016

College admission at the nation’s most selective schools has become increasingly competitive. As another admissions cycle comes to an end, many colleges are reporting another rise in applications and another decrease in acceptance rates. According to the Department of Education, there are 3.2 million graduating seniors in the US this year and the number of international students in the US has increased by more than 20% since 2007. Below is a list of colleges including the number of students who applied to each school and the percentage of students who were accepted. We will continue to update this list as more information is released in the coming weeks. 

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College Admissions Apps: Organization

By Sarah Shanahan on Fri, Mar 30, 2012 @ 02:19 PM

College Admissions? "There's an app for that"

Organization If you are like most busy high school students, the demands made on you inside and outside of the classroom combined with the pressures of getting into college can leave you feeling scattered. The following apps might help you optimize homework and study time, while also keeping you organized and on track.

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College Admissions Apps: Test Prep

By Sarah Shanahan on Tue, Mar 27, 2012 @ 01:47 PM

College Admissions? "There's an app for that"

Test Prep Standardized tests can be coached and the best way to prepare is with in-depth, sustained tutoring over a long period of time. IvyWise tutors can customize a curriculum to help you reach your goals. Our tutors build students' confidence while helping them develop effective learning skills, strategies, and techniques. Additionally, you might want to try the following apps to help you log additional practice time in between sessions with your tutor and while you are out and about.

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