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Test Optional Colleges

By IvyWise on Mon, Mar 11, 2013 @ 04:47 PM

Some Students Opt Out of Standardized Tests When Applying to Colleges

Standardized testing is one part of the admissions preparation process that students find to be particularly daunting. The SAT and ACT require a considerable amount of preparation time, and while a goal score is achievable through tutoring, practice tests, and a well crafted test strategy, some students find these exams wear heavily on their minds.  

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Lessons From College Movies

By IvyWise on Mon, Mar 04, 2013 @ 12:30 PM

Movies about admissions and college life offer some major Dos and Don’ts  

College movies throughout the years have offered insights and advice about college admissions and the college experience. Classic films portray students navigating applications, freshmen year, and the college social scene. While many movies include a sound moral, some plot sequences may be questionable to audience members.  

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AP Exam Partipation and Test Scores Increased in 2012

By IvyWise on Thu, Feb 21, 2013 @ 10:29 AM

More High School Graduates Are Taking AP Exams, Scoring Higher

The number of high school graduates taking AP exams and test scores increased in 2012 according to the College Board’s annual AP report released yesterday.

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2013-2014 Common Application Essay Questions

By IvyWise on Tue, Feb 05, 2013 @ 09:57 AM

The Common Application Announces 2013-2014 Essay Prompts, Longer Word Limit

Today the Common Application released the essay prompts for the 2013-2014 application, along with news that they will enforce a strict 650 word limit, an increase of 150 words from the previous 500 word limit.

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6 College Admissions Myths

By IvyWise on Fri, Dec 14, 2012 @ 01:45 PM

6 Common College Admissions Myths

There’s a lot of stress, pressure and confusion surrounding the college admissions process, so it’s only natural that people develop a lot of theories about how it actually works.  

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What to do if You've Been Deferred

By IvyWise on Tue, Dec 11, 2012 @ 04:44 PM

Getting Deferred in the Early Round is Not the End of the World; Here's What to Do

You did everything you were supposed to do: researched your dream school, visited campus, and sent in your application before the Early Decision/Early Action deadline.  After all your hard work, you’ve gotten back a deferral.  So what happens now?  

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Early Application Rates Rise

By IvyWise on Thu, Dec 06, 2012 @ 12:28 PM

Harvard and Princeton see an increase in early action applicants, while Dartmouth sees a sharp decrease in applications for their early decision program. 

College applicants are working hard to get ahead of the game this year. Schools across America are receiving a record number of applicants applying early for next year.  

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College Admissions Trends

By IvyWise on Fri, Nov 30, 2012 @ 04:26 PM

Emphasis on Class Rank is Down, Course Load and Demonstrated Interest Up

This week, the National Association for College Admissions Counseling released the “2012 State of College Admission” report and the results were very similar to the trends we have seen here at IvyWise: The number of applications are up, social media plays a big role in recruitment, and there is an increased emphasis on demonstrated interest.

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Choosing a Major in College

By IvyWise on Mon, Nov 19, 2012 @ 11:34 AM

Finding Your Best Fit Major When You're Already at Your Best Fit School 

In high school, I had all the makings of a future English major.  My favorite classes were English and history because I could express my ideas through writing.  I served as senior editor of the literary magazine and wrote for the school newspaper.  My classmates asked me to brainstorm theses and edit their papers.  I was inspired and challenged by my English teachers, who supported and cultivated my love of reading.  Whenever I discussed my aspirations to study English, my friends joked about my future unemployment.

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Social Media Presence and College Admissions

By IvyWise on Thu, Nov 01, 2012 @ 01:12 PM

Your Social Media Profile Can Play a Role in Whether or Not You Get In

When people look you up online, what do they see? Are you easy to find? Is your online presence clean and polished, or controversial and questionable?

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