How to Make the Most of the Back-to-School Season

By IvyWise on Thursday, August 13, 2020
Start the Back-to-School Season on the Best Note Possible

It’s safe to say that for many students, this year’s back to school season will be unlike any other. With many colleges and high schools offering remote or hybrid learning options, students may not be reuniting with their classmates face-to-face as they have in previous years. 

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IB vs AP: Which Is Best for College Admissions?

By IvyWise on Monday, August 10, 2020
University student wearing spectacles studying in library. Young african man taking notes from book while sitting in the library. Focused casual guy writing notes during homework.Learn the Key Differences Between IB and AP Curricula

 

For high school students looking to make the most of their courses, choosing between an International Baccalaureate (IB) and AP curriculum is often a top priority. While both choices are academically rigorous and can lead to college credit, there are also profound differences between the two programs. 

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Will Colleges Extend Early Decision Deadlines?

By IvyWise on Wednesday, August 5, 2020
Successful Freelancer. Happy afro man smiling and working on laptop in home office. Copyspace, panoramaLearn If Schools Are Considering Extending Their Early Decision Deadlines

 

Due to the recent changes and cancellations brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, some colleges are considering extending their Early Decision deadlines. While students must typically submit applications by early fall, some institutions are weighing more flexible timelines to give applicants more time to complete testing and additional requirements. 

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3 Tips for Standing Out During the College Application Process

By IvyWise on Monday, August 3, 2020
Our Top Advice for Students Applying to College this Fall

 

The Common Application opened August 1, and millions of students across the globe will apply to college via the Common App this year. With so many students applying to college every year, most applicants have the same question on their minds: what can I do to increase my chances of standing out?

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Coalition Application Guide

By IvyWise on Saturday, August 1, 2020
coalition application guideWhat Students and Parents Need to Know About the Coalition College Admission Application

College-bound students have an additional college application option when applying to college this fall: the Coalition application. There have been a lot of questions about the competitor to the Common App, and we’re here to help with a comprehensive guide to the Coalition college application including what it is, what it includes, and whether or not to use it to apply to college this fall.

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How to Start Your Gap Year Off on the Best Note

By IvyWise on Monday, July 27, 2020
Asian young  man using computer outdoorLearn How to Make the Most of a Gap Year

A gap year is often an attractive option for some students looking to expand their horizons and learn outside of the classroom. With many campuses implementing fully virtual or hybrid education models this fall due to COVID-19, more students are considering taking a gap year

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2020-21 Coalition App Guide

By IvyWise on Thursday, July 23, 2020

Learn About the Coalition App for the 2020-2021 Admissions Cycle

While the Common App is certainly the most popular college application process, some students may also wish to keep the Coalition application on their radar. More than 150 colleges and universities use this Common App alternative, which launched five years ago with the mission to help make college a reality for all high school students. 

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New SAT to Old SAT Score Conversion Chart

By IvyWise on Tuesday, July 21, 2020
SAT Score Conversion ChartSAT Score Conversion Chart for New SAT, Old SAT, and ACT Scores

Want to see how your scores on the  SAT compare to ACT? The College Board has updated the concordance tables so students can see how their SAT total scores compare to composite ACT scores.

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Applying to College During COVID-19: What Seniors Need to Keep in Mind

By IvyWise on Monday, July 20, 2020

Teenager student girl studying in a table having doubts and thinkingWhat Seniors Should Remember Throughout the College Admissions Process

Applying to college can always feel a bit overwhelming for rising seniors, but this year students may be particularly susceptible to stress due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With so much uncertainty around campus life for the fall, prospective applicants have a unique set of questions and concerns on their radar. 

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SSAT Testing Changes for 2020-2021

By IvyWise on Thursday, July 16, 2020

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SSAT Testing Updates to Keep on Your Radar

The SSAT is one of the most widely recognized standardized tests utilized by admissions officers to assess independent school applicants. The exam measures basic verbal, math, and reading skills and is offered in three levels: Elementary (for students in 3rd and 4th grade), Middle (for students in 5th-7th grade), and Upper (for students in 8th-11th grade). 

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What International Students Need to Know about Fall 2020

By IvyWise on Monday, July 13, 2020
guidelines-for-international-studentsUnderstand New Guidelines for International Students Studying in the US This Fall

Everyone has questions about the fall 2020 college semester, but there’s an added level of uncertainty for international students. In addition to wondering whether campuses will reopen and how, some international students are also facing concerns about staying in the United States. 

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5 Must-Read Books for Your Summer Reading List

By IvyWise on Friday, July 10, 2020

Great Books for Students Looking to Expand Their Outside Reading Lists

Whether it’s bringing your books to the beach or curling up with your Kindle at home, every student should include independent reading on their agenda this summer. In addition to getting lost in a good story, reading can help students stay academically engaged and better prepared for coursework in the fall. 

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2020-21 Common App Supplements

By IvyWise on Monday, June 29, 2020

Young attractive African American business woman working project, planning strategy, taking notes in modern office. University student studying, learning language, using laptop computer and internetGet a Head Start on Applications By Reviewing These Supplements 

Although the Common App doesn’t officially open until August 1st, it’s often in students’ best interest to get a jump start on personal essays and supplements. Many colleges understand that applicants are eager to begin the admissions process and as a result, some schools have already announced their school-specific essay prompts for the 2020-21 application season.

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ACT Superscoring: Colleges that Superscore the ACT

By IvyWise on Thursday, June 25, 2020

What to Do the Morning of the SAT ACTHere are the Colleges that Superscore the ACT

Superscoring is the practice of considering only the highest section scores across all SAT or ACT test scores that are submitted when evaluating applications. Many schools already superscore for the SAT, but superscoring for the ACT has not always been widely practiced.

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What to Know About Waitlist Admissions for the Class of 2024

By IvyWise on Monday, June 22, 2020

attractive asian woman thinking on blue backgroundLearn the Ins and Outs of Waitlist Admissions for 2020-2021

There are always a host of questions surrounding waitlist admissions but this year there is an added level of uncertainty. With many colleges still weighing their options for fall semesters in the wake of COVID-19, a significant proportion of admitted applicants are now reluctant to commit to their first-choice institutions.

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5 Tips for Making the Most of a Remote Internship

By IvyWise on Thursday, June 18, 2020

International Study TipsRemote Internships are a Valuable Opportunity for Students Looking to Get Ahead

Internships are a valuable opportunity for students to gain hands-on experience during the summer months. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of these positions have shifted to virtual experiences in order to adhere to social distancing and safer at home orders.

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Tips for Boosting Your TOEFL Score

By IvyWise on Monday, June 15, 2020

Tips for Boosting Your TOEFL ScoreHere’s What Students Need to Do to Reach Their Goal TOEFL Score

For many international students, taking the TOEFL exam is one of many steps on their radar for the US college admissions process. Many colleges do require TOEFL scores as part of their international application review process, so it’s important to do your research and see what the policy is at every school on your best-fit list.

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Breaking a Sweat for a Good Cause

By IvyWise on Friday, June 12, 2020

Woman taking break from exercises, watching online lessonHere’s My Favorite Way to Stay Healthy and Give Back

By Dr. Kat Cohen, IvyWise Founder and CEO

Exercise and fitness have always been one of my go-to approaches to keep my energy high and stress levels low. Finding an outlet for my energy was difficult when safer-at-home orders went into effect, but like everyone else, I’ve gotten creative with how I break a sweat and continue to make an impact in the causes I care deeply about.

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5 Colleges With Unique Majors

By IvyWise on Thursday, June 11, 2020

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These Colleges Have Some Cool Courses of Study

If you think your choices for college majors are limited to studies such as English and Mathematics, it’s time to think again. Universities across the world are offering students a host of innovative and inventive fields of study devised to align with the interests and goals of their entire student body.

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Staying Motivated While Social Distancing This Summer

By IvyWise on Monday, June 8, 2020

How to Stay Academically Motivated During Summer BreakKeep Motivation Levels High All Summer Long 

It can always be a challenge to maintain motivation during the summer months, some students may find it particularly difficult to stay engaged and on top of their to-do lists as they continue to socially distance.

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