Articles tagged with College Applications

How to Choose the Right Match Schools

How to Choose the Right Match Schools

This post is the second part of our three-part series on how to choose the right reach, match, and safety schools. Over the course of the next few weeks, visit the Varsity Admissions Blog for advice on how to tackle this part of the admissions process. Match schools are perhaps the most important colleges to apply to, because you have a reasonable chance of gaining acceptance and would fit in with the average students there. However, it can be difficult to determine which colleges your budget and academic and extracurricular interests appropriately match. When searching for match schools, it’s important to note how your grades compare a ... Read More About How to Choose the Right Match Schools

3 Last-Minute Study Techniques for AP Exams

3 Last-Minute Study Techniques for AP Exams

With AP exam dates quickly approaching, it can feel like crunch-time. Instead of frantically trying to absorb information while studying, enlist strategies that will help you more effectively use your remaining prep time. Here are three last-minute study techniques for AP exams that can help you achieve test day success: 1. Create an AP exam study guide Writing your own study guide for an AP exam is a productive exercise. If you have received a guide from your teacher, use it as a model for your own. If you haven’t received one, start from scratch. Make your own AP exam study guide by: Listing key terms and definitions Writin ... Read More About 3 Last-Minute Study Techniques for AP Exams

Which SAT Subject Tests Should I Take?

Which SAT Subject Tests Should I Take?

SAT Subject Tests are exams offered by The College Board that further illustrate to potential colleges and universities what you bring to the table. With 20 tests in five different subject areas, it’s key to select the SAT Subject Tests that best reflect your strengths by examining criteria such as what courses you have taken or are currently enrolled in, knowing what your potential major might be, and identifying schools of interest.  Choose SAT Subject Tests based on your course schedule Technically, you can take an SAT Subject Test at any point in your high school career. However, it’s key to be strategic about what tests ... Read More About Which SAT Subject Tests Should I Take?

How to Choose the Right Reach Schools

How to Choose the Right Reach Schools

This post is the first part of our three-part series on how to choose the right reach, match, and safety schools. Over the course of the next two months, visit the Varsity Admissions Blog for advice on how to tackle this part of the admissions process. If you’re applying to college, you’re probably familiar with the words safety, match, and reach. They represent the three types of institution that a student can apply to: Safety—schools you know you’ll get into  Target—schools you think you’ll get into  Reach—schools you’re not sure you’ll get into. You can identify your s ... Read More About How to Choose the Right Reach Schools

Intangibles are the New Perfect SAT Score

Intangibles are the New Perfect SAT Score

The following is a guest post written by Application Authority, a college application branding company that helps students differentiate themselves from thousands of other applicants. A perfect SAT score has been considered the Holy Grail of college admissions for years. And for good reason—the SAT and the ACT have been used for decades by schools to predict candidates’ potential for higher education success independent of other accomplishments. But if you have been losing sleep over achieving the ideal 1600 or 36-point score, we suggest you get some rest and consider changing your focus. These tests are flawed The ACT and the S ... Read More About Intangibles are the New Perfect SAT Score

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