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Personal Statement Essay Prompts

The Common Application provides five prompts for your personal essay. Here are tips to get started. Read More

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Catching Up On College Apps - Senior Application Timeline

Fallen behind on your college applications? No worries! Here's how to catch up. Read More

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PSAT Scores Have Been Released! Now What?

What’s the PSAT good for anyway? Read more

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C Students and the College Process

Yes, C students can get into their dream colleges! But not all C students are the same. Here’s how to navigate the application process with a late bloomer, underachiever, or other kind of C student. Read more

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Standardized Testing Timeline for Seniors

Taking standardized tests as a senior? Read here for how to plan your test dates. Read more

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The Right Way to Ask Your Teachers for Help

We're passing on some golden advice on how to ask for help from your teachers. Read more

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How to Plan a College Visit

College visits are important! Here's how you can make them affordable and productive. Read more

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This Is Your Brain on Summer

You need to keep your brain sharp this summer—here's how. Read more

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Update on the New SAT: Math

The SAT is changing in 2016—what does this mean for you? In Part 3 of this series, learn about how Math will be tested. Read more

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Update on the New SAT: Evidence-based Reading

The SAT is changing in 2016—are you ready? In Part 1 of this series, learn about how Evidence-based Reading will be tested. Read more

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How to Incorporate Test Prep into Math Classes

Ways to minimize the differences between standardized test math and regular high school math classes.  Read more

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How to Integrate Test Prep into English Classes

A typical English class won't teach the skills needed to achieve a top score on the writing or grammar section of a standardized test, but test-taking strategies can be incorporated with a little effort. Read more

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Do Colleges Google Applicants?

Surprising information about what admissions officers look for (or don't look for)—straight from the admissions office. Read more

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Where to Find SAT Diagnostic Tests

Are you looking for SAT practice tests? You can find them in books and all over the web, but be warned: not all practice tests are created equal. Read more

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Quick Tips: SAT Writing

A basic guideline to the structure of the SAT I Writing Section and what you need to know to study efficiently. Read more

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How to Talk to a Teacher about a Grade

The best way to approach a teacher about an unfair grade. Read more

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How to Study for Midterms

One of the best kept secrets of great students is that they don’t study for midterms the way everyone else does.  Read more

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Q&A with a Harvard Graduate

Want to know what it's like to be a Harvard student? We spoke with a 2005 Harvard grad, our own CEO, to get his first-hand account. Read more

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Common App Supplement Questions

And how you can best answer them. Read more

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How to Use Online Educational Tools

Free online classes are a hot topic in education. Here's how to use them to your advantage! Read more

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How to Challenge Your Student

Helpful hints for turning an interest into a useful talent and a passion. Read more

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Video Q&A with an ACT Tutor

Rich, an ACT tutor who has coached multiple students to a perfect ACT score, shares some advice.  Read more

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Study Tips for Algebra

We know algebra can be difficult, so we want to share some advice on how to make it easier! From learning fundamentals to being more efficient, there are lots of steps you can take to bring up your algebra game.  Read more

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How to Talk to Professors

In the final installment of this three-part series on adjusting to college, Olivia advises future and current students on how to get the most out of relationships with professors. Read more

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How to Make Friends in College

Olivia's second post in this three-part series on adjusting to college as a freshman details how she learned to adapt socially in the new college environment. Read more

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Time Management in College

One former Signet student's three-part series on beginning college, including time management, extracurriculars and working with esteemed professors.  Read more

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Should You Apply Early?

In this post, I sit down with a former admissions officer from Stanford University to cover the basics of early applications. Read on to learn what they are and whether you should submit one. Read more

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Q&A with a Northeastern Graduate

Ever wondered what it's like to be a student at Northeastern University in Boston, MA? We spoke with Katie, a 2011 graduate, to learn more. Read more

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When to Begin College Applications

When should you start working on your college applications? Short answer: NOW! No matter what grade you're currently in, it’s never too early to begin preparing your applications. Read more

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When to Start SAT or ACT Preparation

How to avoid cramming for important exams and take tests with confidence. Read more

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SAT Critical Reading Tips

Here are a few major tips to approach the critical reading section. Read more

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The PSAT: FAQs

What the PSAT is and why you should take it. Read more

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How to Turn Your Summer into a Personal Statement

Even if you spent your summer babysitting. Read more

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Basic Guide to the Common App

Let’s get started filling out the basic information on your Common Application.  Read more

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Your Strongest Possible College App

A guide to putting together your strongest possible college application.  Read more

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How to Visit a College Campus

A successful college visit will leave you with a much better sense of whether the school is a good fit for you. Some general guidelines will help you make the most of your visit. Read more

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10 Things Top High Schoolers Know

The top ten skills we see in successful high schoolers. Read more

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How to Manage Your Time as a Busy Student

A guide to time management for overwhelmed high school students. Read more

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So, You're on the Wait-List. Now What?

Do's and Don't's from a former Ivy League admissions officer. Read more

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4 Misconceptions in College Admissions

From test score percentiles to celebrity recommendations, we're here to guide you. Read more

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What Is the New Common Application

The common app is changing! Find out everything you need to know here. Read more

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What SAT Score Do You Need for the Ivy League?

The answer may surprise you. Read more

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Differences between the SAT and ACT

Even though the SAT and ACT are interchangeable as college entrance exams, the tests are very different in important ways. Here’s what you should know. Read more

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How to Write a Personal Statement

To write a stellar college application essay, you have to keep in mind that it serves many functions to an admissions committee. Click through for the top three functions. Read more

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College Admissions: What Really Matters

Our former admissions officers agree that your college application should always reflect these three pointers. Read more

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Case Study: Personal Statement

How a Signet student crafted a successful personal statement with the help of an admissions consultant. Read more

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How to Get a Recommendation Letter

While you don’t want to be insincere or shady about the process of asking for recommendations, thinking carefully about what recommendations will help your application and how to ask for them can go a long way. Read more

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3 Reasons You Didn't Score a 1600

Common challenges to achieving your highest SAT score. Read more

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Case Study: Student Confidence

How using a tutor can build a student's confidence. Read more

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How to Concentrate Effectively

A guide to creating the study skills you need to focus. Read more

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Case Study: Gaps in Learning

A student's story of overcoming her lack of confidence and reaching a deeper level of academic understanding.  Read more

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Case Study: Overwhelmed Student

Our experience working with a student who, after years of gliding through school, began struggling. Read more

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Where Have Signet Students Been Accepted?

A master list of the schools where Signet students have earned acceptance. Read more

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Case Study: Learning Style Differences

A Signet student's story where a change in teaching style made all of the difference.  Read more

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Should I Take the SAT or ACT?

A guide to deciding which exam will best represent your skills. Read more

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What Is a Strong Extracurricular?

A guide to choosing strong extracurriculars for college admissions. Read more

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How to Write a Paper

“The scariest moment is always just before you start. After that, things can only get better.” -Stephen King Read more

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Case Study: Med-Scholars Program

How one talented student set himself apart.  Read more

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How Do You Choose a College?

A comprehensive overview of the essential questions to ask yourself when creating a college list. Read more

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SAT Math: How to Stay Focused

What you need to do to score your highest on the math section of the SAT. Read more

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Case Study: SAT Preparation

A Signet student improves her SAT score by over 100 points. Read more

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What Is a Good SAT or ACT Score?

How to set a target SAT or ACT score. Read more

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SAT Math: Problem Solving Tips

Creative tips for the math section of the SAT Read more

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Signet Undergraduate Admissions Results

A master list of colleges and universities that have sent Signet students acceptance letters. Read more

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