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[Video] Essay Writing Tips From a UCLA/USC Application Essay Reader

Help your college admissions essay stand out with these writing tips! Jessica Pashkow, application essay reader at UCLA and USC, helps explain what colleges are looking for in these entrance essays. After reading thousands of essays each year, she brings you the info you need to know before you start drafting these statements.  

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[Video] Insider’s Guide to College Admissions Testing

Navigating this labyrinth of college admissions tests can be a confusing and overwhelming undertaking. It’s key for you and your child to understand these tests and how they fit in with the college admissions process. Here’s an overview of the PSAT, SAT, ACT, SAT Subject Tests, and APs (with a heavy emphasis on the SAT… Continue reading

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[Video] Myth Busting the College Admissions Universe: Trends From a UCLA College Counseling Instructor

We hear a lot of things on the radio and television about the college admissions process. Unfortunately, many of these statements are simple not true. Ron Schwartz, UCLA College Counseling Instructor, debunks many of these myths and gives straight answers on the entire admissions process.  

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[Video] Highly Selective College Admissions: Insights From Former Admissions Officers

What does it take to get into the most selective colleges and universities in the country? Collegewise counselors, Nandita Gupta and Tara Swoboda (former admission officers at Stanford and USC, respectively), explain how the top schools make decisions from thousands of applicants. Many Ivy League schools saw over 35,000 applicants last year with a less… Continue reading

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[Video] Extracurricular Activities & Community Service: Why Colleges Care

Parents and students often hear that extracurricular activities and community service can help their college applications stand out from others. While this may be true, there is an important formula to the number of activities a student should take on and other aspects to consider. Find out how colleges really think about these activities:  

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What Your Child Should Read to Increase Standardized Test Scores

One of the most valuable skills a student can have when she goes into the SAT/ACT is strong reading comprehension skills. In fact, we encourage parents to focus on this as early as 9th grade or even middle school to really propel their children ahead in standardized test preparation. Some of the passages in the reading… Continue reading

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How to Prepare for SAT Subject Tests

SAT Subject Tests are tools that the most competitive colleges use to identify students who stand out in the crowd. These schools receive a TON of applicants each year and have some pretty difficult choices to make about who is in, and who is out. Students who take SAT Subject Tests in areas they can… Continue reading

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Everything You Need to Know About AP Exams

Taken in May at schools around the world, AP Exams help students show their mastery of particular subjects to potential colleges. Most of the time, these are taken after completing an AP class but sometimes these classes are not offered at a particular high school. If a student is home-schooled or enrolled at a school… Continue reading

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Setting a Goal Score (And a Plan to Achieve It!)

When looking at SAT/ACT preparation options, it is important to first determine your goal score. Once you have this number, one of our advisors can help you break down a plan and timeline for achieving it. Because every situation is different, Revolution Prep academic advisors work with students to determine what they hope to accomplish… Continue reading

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$40,000+ for Increasing Your Child’s SAT Score?!

Increasing your child’s SAT score can not only mean a greater chance of getting accepted into a more competitive school, but actual money in your pocket. With hard work and enough time, a student can realistically increase his score by 200 points. This can mean more than $40,000 in scholarship money over four years! Why… Continue reading

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