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10 Alternative Colleges for the Non-Traditional Student

If you're dreading the thought of spending the next four years in a traditional four-year college with standard grading systems and coursework, consider taking the alternative route with a very non-standard education. While there are thousands of standard college options to choose from, not every college will meet your needs…
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Standardized Testing Fees: How much do the different tests cost?

Although standardized tests are important for college admissions, they are not cheap. Knowing the costs upfront can help you plan ahead when it comes time for standardized testing season. This article will cover both various College Board exams (The SAT, AP Exams, and SAT Subject Tests) and the ACT. Continue…
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The Top 15 Colleges Ranked (from 5 different sources)

In case you needed yet another set of ranking of the top colleges in the United States, here's something different: The Top 15 Colleges According To 5 Different Sources U.S. News, Niche, Forbes, Business Insider, and StartClass all use different criteria in determining their list of top colleges, but when…
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How To Gently Kick Test Anxiety In The Face

His palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy There's vomit on his sweater already, mom's spaghetti If you suddenly become like Eminem and lose yourself before or during a test, rest assured that even the greats suffer from anxious feelings. Not to worry. Nervousness is like a common cold—everyone…
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Accepted Calculators for PSAT, SAT/SAT II, AP Tests

The PSAT, SAT, SAT II, and AP tests are regulated by CollegeBoard and share the same accepted calculators. These include: All four-function calculators (not recommended) All scientific calculators Most graphing calculators (see tables below) Texas Instruments TI-73 TI-86 TI-80 TI-89 TI-81 TI-89 Titanium TI-82 TI-Nspire TI-83/TI-83 Plus TI-Nspire CAS TI-83 Plus…
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Superscores, Subscores, Score Choice, Oh My! Understanding Your SAT Scores Pt. 1

If you recently got your SAT scores back and are looking to send them to colleges, you may have stumbled over some vocabulary like “superscoring,” “subscores,” and “score choice.” Here is an explanation of what these words mean, as well as the ways that they could affect your college admissions…
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Superscores, Subscores, Score Choice, Oh My! Understanding Your SAT Scores Pt. 2

In a previous post, we explained subscores, superscores, and score choice. Now, here a few real-life examples! Let’s say John made a 1320 on his first SAT, with a 620 on Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, and a 700 on math. He took the SAT again at a later date and…
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Missed the SAT registration deadline? All about Late Registration and Waitlists

If you missed the SAT registration deadline for your preferred test date, it's not the end of the world. Here are the options you can take. Late Registration Late registration is simple: if you missed the regular registration deadline, you may still sign up for your preferred test date as…
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2017-2018 ACT Registration Deadlines (OFFICIAL)

The new school year is around the corner! For many, that means it's time to register (or think about registering) for the ACT test. For your pleasure and convenience, here is a table of all ACT registration deadlines for 2017-2018. Continue reading “2017-2018 ACT Registration Deadlines (OFFICIAL)” »
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2017-2018 SAT Registration Deadlines

If you're planning to take the SAT this upcoming school year, heads up! Make sure you are familiar with these important registration deadlines. Continue reading “2017-2018 SAT Registration Deadlines” »
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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 that you want to get involved in the healthcare field…
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The Top 15 Colleges Ranked (from 5 different sources)

In case you needed yet another set of ranking of the top colleges in the United States, here's something different: The Top 15 Colleges According To 5 Different Sources U.S. News, Niche, Forbes, Business Insider, and StartClass all use different criteria in determining their list of top colleges, but when…
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2017: When do AP scores come out? How can I access my AP scores?

The time has come: AP scores are finally out. Here's everything you need to know about accessing & sending your AP scores, courtesy of TestMasters. To access your AP scores, log on to apscore.org on or after the specified access date/time for your area. Scores may only be accessed online, and are…
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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 a better scholarship essay. [caption id="attachment_8422" align="alignleft" width="300"] Make sure…
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