Category Archives: Advice

College Visits 101: 8 Tips to Optimize Your College Trip

College visits are an essential part of finding the perfect school. Nothing can match the experience of actually stepping foot on campus, and, if possible, spending a night in the dorm. Figuring out how to plan an effective and efficient … Continue reading

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SAT vs. ACT: Which Test to Take and Score Conversion

Standardized Testing is an integral part of the College Admissions process. As terrible as standardized testing often is, most high school students aspiring to enter college in the United States will have to take either the SAT or ACT, and … Continue reading

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So You Want to be a Doctor? Part I: High School

Written by guest writer, Testmasters teacher, Rice University student, and future physician: Carmella D. So you want to be a doctor?  As a high school student (and if you’re like me, much earlier than that), you probably have an inkling … Continue reading

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5 Important Tips for Writing a Scholarship Essay.

Those apprehensive about student loans or the cost of attending school might look towards scholarships to help ease that burden. Most, if not all, scholarships require an essay to apply, so today we’ll be giving you five tips to writing … Continue reading

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What is Early Admissions? Does it Give Me an Advantage?

As the college admissions cycle is just about to fire up, we wanted to explain what exactly early admissions is and what it offers when compared to regular admissions. What is Early Admissions? Many schools, mostly private, offer an Early … Continue reading

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5 Goals for the New Semester

With a new school year fast approaching, we put together a list of 5 goals students, both high school and college alike, should aim to achieve this year: Get to know one teacher or professor really well: When it comes down to … Continue reading

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ApplyTexas vs. the Common Application

To better help prepare you for the upcoming admissions season, we’ve put together a quick guide on ApplyTexas and the CommonApp, noting the differences between the two and what exactly you’ll need to apply. What is the difference between ApplyTexas … Continue reading

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Ask Test Masters – Can Extracurriculars Make Up For Low Grades?

Today’s Ask Test Masters question comes from YG who writes: Hi! I am currently a sophomore in a high school that is located in a boring state, but is pretty competitive. It is well known in my area (other districts … Continue reading

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Will a Bad AP Score Sink My Application?

We get this question a lot here at College Compass: “I got a 1/2/3 on an AP test! Do I still have a chance at Harvard?!” Though you might be panicking or worried that your Ivy Dreams are now toast, … Continue reading

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Do No Harm: Your Guide to Being a Premed, Pt. I

  This week we’ll be starting a new multi-part series that explores what exactly you need to do to become a physician. Today we’ll begin by talking about what a pre-med actually is and what the difference between an MD … Continue reading

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