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What to Know About Making the Right Impression On Private Schools

March 12, 2014
What to Know About Making the Right Impression On Private Schools

The following piece was written by Liz Perelstein. Liz has been featured in our Admissions Expert series and is the Founder of School Choice International. For many families, myths surrounding private school admissions make the application process daunting, at the very least. Often, these focus on “how to get in," but secondhand tips may contradict what admissions officers really look for in a candidate. Myth: You need to “know someone,” a high-level contact or someone currently attending the school, in order to “get in.”  Reality: In some schools in certain locations, high-level connec ... Read More About What to Know About Making the Right Impression On Private Schools

A 10 Step Guide to the High School Senior's Spring

March 10, 2014
A 10 Step Guide to the High School Senior's Spring

Your senior year of high school can seem like a veritable whirlwind. By March, you have likely completed multiple college applications, requested letters of recommendation, sat for the SAT and/or ACT, and written a number of personal statements. While you may believe your work is done, the unfortunate truth is that the remaining spring months can be just as hectic. As you complete this step in your education, reference the guide below to ensure you stay on the right path. 1. Apply yourself Commit not just to submitting college applications (at this stage, they should be finished), but instead to your second semester classes. An offer of admi ... Read More About A 10 Step Guide to the High School Senior's Spring

A Student Review of Washington University in St. Louis

March 09, 2014
A Student Review of Washington University in St. Louis

The tutors behind Varsity Tutors are not just here to teach – they’re sharing their college experiences as well. Mimi is a Chicago tutor specializing in various foreign languages, Algebra, Writing, and more. She graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2009 with a Bachelor’s degree in French and Economics. Check out her review of her school:  VT: Describe the campus setting and transportation options. How urban or safe is the campus? Are there buses or do you need a car/bike? Mimi: Wash U is set in a somewhat urban-suburban setting. The main campus straddles Clayton, which is a fairly tony, first-ring ... Read More About A Student Review of Washington University in St. Louis

A Day in the Life at Brown University

March 08, 2014
A Day in the Life at Brown University

The tutors behind Varsity Tutors are not just here to teach – they’re sharing their college experiences as well. Jay is a Boston tutor specializing in Chemistry, Statistics, Algebra, and more. He is a 2012 graduate of Brown University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Check out his review of his alma mater: VT: Describe the campus setting and transportation options. How urban or safe is the campus? Are there buses or do you need a car/bike? Jay: The campus is nestled atop College Hill with a 10-15 minute walk downtown. The campus has a variety of walking routes that keep you within the college campus feel en ... Read More About A Day in the Life at Brown University

How is the ACT Scored?

March 07, 2014
How is the ACT Scored?

The ACT consists of an overall result – the Composite score – and individual marks for four sections: English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science. Writing, which is not required by all colleges and universities, is assessed separately. For the above multiple-choice sections and the composite score, the ACT utilizes a four-step process: 1. The number of correct questions is determined. There is no penalty for incorrect answers or unanswered questions. 2. A raw score is calculated. For example, if 48 of 60 answers are correct on the Mathematics section, your raw score is 48. This raw score is then converted to a scale sco ... Read More About How is the ACT Scored?