Free At Last…. Now What?

Published Wednesday, May 14, 2014 by Richard Hong

Congratulations on graduating from high school and kudos on entering college in the upcoming fall semester! You now have two months of peaceful catch-ups and socializing to make up for the grueling months of studying you’ve just endured. However, there are ways to prepare even further for college that won’t take up all of your summer vacation to consider: Summer classes: I get it; you’ve just endured months of studying so why would you want to dive right back in? Every college will have certain elective credits that are necessary to pass in order to… Continue Reading

FE Changes

Published Monday, May 5, 2014 by Richard Hong

In January of this year, the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) announced a shift for the Fundamentals for Engineering Exam (FE).  The test will shift into a Computer-Based Testing format (CBT) rather than the manual input of pencil and paper used before.  In addition, the content and length of the test will be changed as well to better adapt to the CBT format. Prior to the announced changes, the FE was a compilation of modules, breaks, and orientation times that amounted to 10 hours total.  To be more specific, it comprised of the hour… Continue Reading

The College Personal Statement

Published Thursday, September 12, 2013 by Nicolette

Applying for college can be a dehumanizing process. You see yourself reduced to a number: a GPA, a class rank, years spent in Debate club. Even more discouraging is to see how your numbers fall short of others. That is why the personal statement is such an important part of the college application. When reading your essay, the admissions officers aren’t looking to see how your numbers stack up. They want to know about the unique qualities that only you have. Because, trust me, you have them. In many cases, the personal statement is the… Continue Reading

What’s a good score on the SAT?

Published Friday, September 6, 2013 by Nicolette

That is a good (and very frequently asked) question! Our answer is simple: Whatever score gets you into the college you want. It may seem like a cop-out, but it’s the best answer we can give for such a loaded question. The SAT is not a measure of your worth or intelligence. It’s just one part of the complicated decision process admissions officers use to figure out whether or not you’re a good fit for their school. The score you need to get into a particular school may be completely different from the score your… Continue Reading

SAT vs. ACT

Published Tuesday, September 3, 2013 by Nicolette

Last week, we did our Perfect Score interview for Ramola Bavisker, who scored a perfect 36 on the ACT  on top of her already perfect SAT score (earning her second $1000 scholarship from us, to boot!). Having taken and beaten both exams, Ramola was in a unique position to give advice on both exams. We asked her one of the frequent questions we get from students: Which exam should I take? You would be right to make a thoughtful and careful decision. The two exams have a lot of important differences to note. One of… Continue Reading


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