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Volume 6, Issue 3

Dr. Kat’s List: Schools to Catch March Madness 

The Olympics may be over, but sports fervor is still going strong. March Madness has begun, which means that 65 Division I university basketball teams throughout the nation will compete for the national championship. Along with the expert counselors at IvyWise, we have compiled a list of schools to consider if you’re an avid fan of college basketball, and even if you’re not. Check them out!

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College Visits: Why Spending Spring Break in School Is a Good Idea

What would you say if someone handed you a few pictures of an unfamiliar community and asked you to spend a considerable amount of money to live there for four years? You’d call them crazy, right? But this is essentially what you’re agreeing to when you apply to a school you’ve never visited. That’s why the college visit is an important aspect of the application process. Careful research is crucial, but it cannot replace your actual first-hand impressions of a school.

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Testing the Test: SAT vs. ACT 

While the concept can be intimidating, standardized testing doesn’t have to be an ordeal. As a student, you have a variety of options. Though the SAT has traditionally been the most widely-used test, students are no longer required to take it. As of 2007, every school that accepts the SAT Reasoning Test now also accepts the ACT. Some states, including Colorado, Illinois, Michigan, Kentucky, and Wyoming, even incorporate the ACT into their high school curriculum, thus making the test mandatory. You may be wondering about the differences between the two tests, and which one you should take, or if you should take one at all! The short answer is that you should do what is right for you. I’ll explain what the difference is and how to figure out which is best for you.

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