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Volume 13, Issue 8

2017-18 Common Application Guide

The 2017-18 Common Application opened on August 1, marking the start of the college admissions season for the college class of 2022. Here’s an in-depth look at the 2017-18 Common Application, including changes, essays, updates, and more.

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Test Prep 101: SAT vs. ACT Essays

By IvyWise Master Tutor

When preparing for the SAT or ACT it’s important to understand all the nuances of each exam, including the sections, content, question types, and more. Even though the essay is optional on both exams, many colleges still require an SAT or ACT essay or writing score in order to be considered for admission. Before preparing for the SAT or ACT essay, make sure you know what to expect on each.

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3 Building Blocks for Successful College Prep

By Christine, IvyWise Premier College Admissions Counselor

Preparation for college, and even post-graduate life, starts well before students begin filling out college applications. Decades of research has identified key qualities associated with student success, and understanding these studies can enable parents to help their children develop these qualities early on and reinforce them throughout high school and the college admissions process.

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College Recommendation Letters: Where to Start

Counselor and teacher recommendation letters are a big part of students’ college applications. According to NACAC, 87% of colleges assign some level of importance to teacher and counselor recommendations. Most colleges require recommendations letters for admission, so they’re critical to submitting a comprehensive and complete college application. However, many students wait until the last minute to gather this essential piece of the college application puzzle.

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