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ACT to Offer a Computer-Based Test

ACT to Offer a Computer-Based Test

In recent years, the ACT has increasingly proved itself to be a serious competitor to the SAT. The creators of the ACT, however, continue to search for ways to improve the exam; one such strategy is to launch a computer-based version of the test. A paper-and-pencil version of the ACT will still be available for quite some time, but starting in 2015, students will have the opportunity to take a computer-adaptive version. The test-makers hope to move beyond simple multiple-choice questions to a truly interactive experience. Students will be prompted to write answers to certain types of problems and may even be asked to engage in virtual tasks. ... Read More About ACT to Offer a Computer-Based Test

Upcoming Changes in the SAT

Upcoming Changes in the SAT

Note: A more updated account of the SAT changes can be found here. You may have your grievances with the SAT, just as university professors may have theirs. Nearly everyone has a suggestion or two for the College Board when it comes to their infamous test. The College Board evidently listened to someone (perhaps even you), as they have recently announced several major revisions to the SAT that should take effect in 2016. It should be noted that the current SAT format will not change. There will still be Writing, Mathematics, and Critical Reading sections. However, the College Board hopes to make the test content more relevant to the material ... Read More About Upcoming Changes in the SAT

Anatomy Of A College Dorm Room

Check out our infographic which covers a wide range of lifestyle areas while living in dorms. These 41 life enhancing tips will improve your experience while living in your dorm room. ... Read More About Anatomy Of A College Dorm Room

What to Look For in Your Medical School Search

What to Look For in Your Medical School Search

The following piece was written by Anubodh ‘Sunny’ Varshney. He is a Dallas Fort Worth tutor for Varsity Tutors and current medical student at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Attending interviews at multiple medical schools isn’t just for you to sell yourself; it’s also a valuable opportunity for you to gather some key information about different institutions all across the country. Below are some factors to think about when you’re comparing these medical schools. Class size The size of your classes can range from the 50’s up to the 250’s each year. Small classes tend to build a ... Read More About What to Look For in Your Medical School Search

5 Tips for Writing Your Medical School Secondary Essays

5 Tips for Writing Your Medical School Secondary Essays

The following piece was written by Linda Abraham. Linda has been featured in our Admissions Expert series and is the President and Founder of Accepted.com Your AMCAS applications are done, but the app writing party is far from over. Pretty soon, you hope to be swamped with secondary essays and the writing will need to be picked up again. Each med school will ask you for different information – some will just want a check; some will want short answers; some will want essays. And some will want a combo. The following 5 tips will help you get through all of them:1. Timing is everything.You should complete each secondary application w ... Read More About 5 Tips for Writing Your Medical School Secondary Essays