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The PSAT: An Overview of the Practice Test & Prep
16 September, 2021
The Preliminary SAT, which is also called the PSAT/NMSQT [https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10/inside-the-test/math] or National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, is part of the College Board’s suite of assessments for college preparedness. The PSAT test serves two primary purposes: it prepares students for the SAT while simultaneously providing a scholarship opportunity. The format of the test and the questions themselves are similar to what students can expect to find
SSAT Test Prep: An Overview & Breakdown
25 August, 2021
The SSAT, or Secondary School Admission Test, [https://www.ssat.org/testing/about-the-test] is a standardized test used in the admissions process for private and independent schools. With over 50 expert SSAT tutors, our community is able to guide students efficiently towards their optimal test score. Our team of career tutors know the test inside and out. We tailor our tutoring efforts to fit each individual student in order to focus on both strategies and SSAT test content. The term “standardi
SAT Strategies: 3 Techniques to Master the Writing & Language Section
12 August, 2021
Despite the article title, the SAT Writing & Language section [https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/inside-the-test/writing-language] does not require you to actually write anything. Instead, it tests your ability to pick effective writing using the proper grammar, punctuation, and rhetoric from a series of identical multiple choice answers. The overarching thing students should remember when going over this section is to stop thinking about “what sounds best” or how you personally wou
How Much Do Extracurriculars Matter In College Admissions: A Word From Moon Prep
22 June, 2021
In the 2020-21 cycle, 10% more college applications [https://www.insidehighered.com/admissions/article/2021/01/26/common-apps-new-data-show-overall-gains-applications-not-first] were submitted compared to the previous year. Students were applying to more schools, as the most selective universities [https://www.crimsoneducation.org/us/blog/admissions-news/brown-application-numbers-hit-record-high-for-class-of-2025/] , like Harvard University, Brown University, and New York University, all saw hu
What to Know: A Look into the Hunter College High School Entrance Exam with Jonathan Arak
04 June, 2021
If you're reading this, you're likely already aware of the Hunter College High School admissions process, but there is always the possibility that certain aspects of the entrance exam may be causing some uncertainty. The test typically is administered in mid-January, but given that the last year presented precarious circumstances, the 2021 test will now take place toward the end of June. Although it feels like time is running out, students still have the opportunity to sharpen their existing a
Life After College: How Not to Get Slapped by Reality When You Graduate
24 May, 2021
Sometimes you just need to take “Human Evolution” and try to feel excited about the body’s ability to digest milk. Many students spend their whole lives trying to get into college, only to wake up one day, post-graduation, rubbing their eyes and wondering, “What just happened?” It's the real world that happened. And it's ridiculous. How to prepare for life after college. The most powerful moment of my college experience was when I told my advisor that I didn’t feel like I was developing skill
How to Discuss Your Mental Health on College Applications
19 May, 2021
Should you write about depression in your personal statement? Should you disclose mental health challenges elsewhere on your college application? Here's what experts say. Within the next few months, many rising high school seniors will be staring at a blank computer screen with the same question on their minds: What should I write about in my college application essay?  This question can feel heavy.  After all, by the time students approach the end of their junior year, they’ve surely heard lot
5 Unusual College Applications and Why They Didn’t (or Did) Work
17 May, 2021
Have you been thinking about submitting an atypical college application? Learn from a veteran admissions dean how going above and beyond can sometimes backfire. Having served as an admissions dean at a selective university for nearly 30 years, it should come as no surprise that I have seen some pretty unorthodox approaches to the application process. “Unorthodox” is one of those words that has a little more specificity than “interesting” or “unusual” to describe outliers — people or things tha
What is Executive Function?
11 May, 2021
Executive function, also known as self-regulation, consists of those thinking skills we use to stay focused, control our impulses, plan short- and long-term, and adapt to new information. Most people only notice their own executive functioning when they experience a lapse in it. You may have had the familiar experience of planning to stop at the store on the way home from work, but accidentally driving home by habit. Another example would be going to the pantry to grab an ingredient for a dish,
Selective College Admissions: What You Should Know About Test Optional
04 May, 2021
The topic of test optional is everywhere in college admissions conversations these days. Because it seems like everything you knew about admissions is changing, it can be hard to know whether you are giving yourself or your student their best opportunity to succeed. Yet with change come both challenges and opportunities; Noodle Pros can help you decode the mysteries of the potentially permanent transition to a test optional application process. The History Behind the SAT & the ACT The origins o
Did You Get In? An Etiquette Guide for College Admissions
03 May, 2021
By: Kathryn DeBros Nothing about senior year of high school year seems easy. On top of classes (and maintaining a solid grade point average [GPA]) and extracurricular activities, you’ve spent months on the admissions process-- the college search, filling out paperwork, writing essays, asking for recommendations, and sending forms in order to complete the college application process.  Completing the Common Application and meeting application deadlines is hard work! Now, you may be in the middle
How to Find External Scholarships
26 April, 2021
by Seth Czarnecki With American student debt now over $1 trillion, many families of college-bound students are forced to get creative when it comes to funding their child’s education. One pathway that has become increasingly popular is that of the external, or outside, scholarship. What Is an External Scholarship? External scholarships for college differ from those provided by a university in that private donors, foundations, or businesses fund them. The amount of money awarded can range from