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AP Exams are in May! What are they? Who needs them? Why Should I take them? What about AP Exam Score Choice?

It’s that time of year again, when high school students must frantically juggle preparing for final exams, AP exams, and the last administrations of the SAT/ACT/SAT Subject Tests. There is a lot going on! And as you carefully plot out the … Continue reading

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PSAT 8/9, PSAT 10, & PSAT/NMSQT – Why so many and what’s the difference?!

This week marks the end of College Board’s spring PSAT testing season. In fact, this year represents the first instance in which College Board even offered the PSAT in the Spring. Before you start panicking, it’s important to note that the … Continue reading

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August SAT starting in 2017

College Board has released the anticipated SAT test dates for the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 calendar years, and, with little fanfare or notice, it appears that they intend to phase out the January SAT test date by 2018. Let’s take a look … Continue reading

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What PSAT Scores Make the Cut for National Merit in 2016?

UPDATE 2: We have added an additional estimate for Texas’ cutoff based on new data. You can find that post here. UPDATE: Many commenters have asked about College Board’s Concordance Table. You can find an estimation that incorporates the Concordance … Continue reading

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What does it mean to be Pre-Law? Part I: Majors

Pre-Law is a designation applied to college students who are completing a bachelor’s degree specifically in preparation to attend Law School. While most universities will not have a formal “Pre-Law” major (although some will), almost every four-year university will offer some type … Continue reading

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College Profile – Tulane University

Tulane University, located “five miles by streetcar” from the heart of downtown New Orleans, is one of the nation’s premiere educational and research institutions. From 1847 to 1884, Tulane operated as the Medical College of the University of Louisiana. In … Continue reading

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Ask Test Masters: College Admissions Advice

Ask Test Masters is a great, free service that allows you to ask the experts at Test Masters all of your test prep and college admissions questions. If you have a question, send it to us – chances are other … Continue reading

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SAT Vocabulary – Indolent

This Week’s Word: Indolent [in–dl-uh nt] adjective Indolent means having or showing a disposition to avoid exertion; to be lazy. In medicine, indolent refers to something that causes little or no pain, or is relatively benign. Synonyms: Languid, Slothful, and Lethargic. … Continue reading

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College Compass Welcomes New Writer, Katherine

College Compass is very happy to welcome new writer Katherine! Katherine graduated with a B.A. in Anthropology and Plan II Honors from the University of Texas. She earned a 2350 on the SAT in 2008 and has earned perfect scores … Continue reading

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SAT Math Example Problem – A Girl and Her Sandbox

A girl is playing in a sandbox. She wants to decrease the volume of the sand in the sandbox by scooping sand and dumping it outside of the sandbox. The girls is a rather inquisitive mathematician and measures the dimensions of her sandbox. She finds … Continue reading

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