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Based on Dr. Gary Gruber’s Complete Guides to the SAT, ACT, and more

Regardless of the test you’re taking, Dr. Gary Gruber has developed a method for breaking problems down to their most basic concepts, so the answers seems obvious. He has made it his mission to share this method to reduce test-taking anxiety and improve scores for a countless number of students. Once you know how to uncover the solution to one problem, you can answer thousands of problems. So, how does he do this simply and quickly?

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Posted by on in College Admissions

college fair tipsWhether you’re narrowing down your list of colleges or just starting your college search, college fairs are an excellent (and usually free!) resource to take advantage of to gather information about schools you’re interested in and get a feel for them without having to visit each campus. They are also crucial opportunities to make contacts by chatting one-on-one with campus representatives.

Student contact with admissions offices (aka “demonstrated interest”) can be a “tip factor” in admissions. Your contact with colleges could be the difference between your being admitted, wait-listed, or rejected—so take advantage of college fairs! To learn how to make the most of college fairs, check out this advice from adMISSION POSSIBLE by Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz.

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how to narrow down your college listChoosing your list of colleges is one of the most important admissions decisions you will make. With thousands of schools to choose from, this decision can be a tough one! Check out these pointers from our experts to help you find the right college for you.

Consider the Cost

Frank Palmasani, Author of Right College, Right Price: The New System for Discovering the Best College Fit at the Best Price

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Do you have your sights set on attending an Ivy League school next fall? Have you thought about applying to an Ivy, but ruled it out because of selectivity or cost? Before you call your college list final and complete those applications, check out these lesser-known facts about the Ivy League. You just might reconsider a few of the schools you’ve put on—or taken off—your list.

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college-search-perfect-personality-matchAll colleges have their own defining traits and unique personalities, just like people do. Whether or not a college’s personality is going to mesh with yours is one of the most important—not to mention fun—things to consider during your college search process.

Now is the time to start figuring out what you want in a college (or don’t want in a college), building lists (and we loves lists!), and evaluating the personality of colleges you’re interested in.

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