Advanced Placement

Published Tuesday, May 10, 2011 by Tarang

The school year is nearing its end for you high-schoolers, and you must be busier than ever. Upperclassmen fret over AP tests and SATs, but it’s not all serious. Junior Prom and Senior Ball are around the corner if not already past, and many students are planning pleasantly hectic summer vacations. Some of you will be chilling in Tortuga like Jack Sparrow while others will be taking fun summer courses in esoteric realms. Others will be vying for spots at competitive summer programs. And as the weight of school becomes heavier than ever, you start… Continue Reading

College Myths Debunked

Published Thursday, May 5, 2011 by Tarang

Myths are powerful words that can often describe a culture or religion. Myths are associated with power and have come to define history; their words carry weight. The most dangerous type of myths are the ones that exist today in the newest definition of a myth. The newest type of myth is a widely held belief that is actually false. One such myth is that The Great Wall of China is the only man-made structure you can see from space. This is hardly true; railroad lines are visible from space. Such popular myths about college… Continue Reading

Public vs. Private Part 2

Published Tuesday, May 3, 2011 by Tarang

Before reading this article, be sure to check out Part 1 for a basic understanding: http://exceltest.com/blog/2011/05/02/public-vs-private/ Last time, I discussed mainly cost and class size. It was established that private schools are much more expensive than public schools, often double the cost. However, private schools offer more scholarships, so you should not exclude them from your college search without researching financial aid options. It was also found that private schools have smaller classes and more “hand-holding” of the student in general. On the other hand, many public schools offer this as well; they just have… Continue Reading

Public vs. Private

Published Monday, May 2, 2011 by Tarang

The temperature is rising all around the nation as summer approaches, but the weather is not the only thing bringing the heat. Parents and high school students are getting ready diligently for their college road trips as they fill their Suburbans with all the necessities. Summer is a popular time to explore colleges, but summer also brings the onset of higher gas prices. Travel can be expensive, and now it is time to choose which school is worth that $4.21 per gallon of gas and which one is not. One of the major considerations to… Continue Reading

Princeton Nation

Published Wednesday, April 27, 2011 by Tarang

The title of this posts derives from the informal motto of Princeton University: “Princeton in the Nation’s Service and in the Service of All Nations.” Recently, I posted the SAT/ACT stats for Harvard and Yale. Rounding out the “Big Three,” is Princeton University. Princeton University often ties for first place with Harvard on many lists comparing universities in the United States. Surprisingly though, the term “Big Three” did not describe these universities because of their academics. Of course, Harvard, Princeton, and Yale (or endearingly termed HYP) have tough admissions requirements and rank as the oldest… Continue Reading


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