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#1. 75 percent of high school seniors are accepted to their first-choice colleges; but less than 57 percent can afford to attend, according to a UCLA study.
That’s a 40-year low. Financing college was the largest factor the surveyed high school seniors cited for not attending their top choice college after being admitted.
Therefore, you must investigate the college’s financial aid programs before you apply. Do they offer merit aid in the form of scholarships and grants? What percentage of accepted students receives college-based financial aid? What is the average financial aid award? Source
#2. Only 0.4 percent of undergraduates attend one of the Ivy League schools. There are over 6,000 accredited institutions of higher learning in this country. Source
#3. Harvard College is suspected of grade inflation. The median grade is an A-, and the most frequently awarded mark is an A. Source
#4. 14 of the world’s 25 largest stadiums belong to American college football teams. Source
#5. The cost of college textbooks has risen 812% in the past 30 years. That’s more than healthcare costs, housing prices, and college tuitions, all of which have risen faster than the rate of inflation. Source
#6. Michigan Technological University boasts a real-life ski resort on campus. Heavily discounted for students, Mont Ripley (one of the snowiest "mountains" in the country) offers 112 acres of ski terrain, 24 runs, and two chairlifts. Source
#7. University of Missouri has a lazy river and beach resort! The 'Tiger Grotto' features a zero-depth pool entry with a high-powered vortex, lazy river and waterfall. Source
#8. Seton Hall University offers free laptops and smartphones for students! Source
#9. The average 2016 grad has $37,172 in debt. Source
You had a bad day! You messed up your ACT. You were ill, tired, or it was just an anomaly — a bad day. What to do?
You are in for luck! Unlike the SAT, you can actually delete your ACT test record and the scores. Really? Don't believe us?
Check out the link below and scroll down to the the question:
How do I delete a test date record?
To delete your scores for a particular test date, you must submit a written request. Write to:
ACT Institutional Services
P.O. Box 168
Iowa City, IA 52243-0168
(N.B. ACT's policy requires that the score was obtained from a paid registration (that is, not state or district-mandated testing) and has not yet been sent to any colleges.)
Wow! Colleges won't see your scores if you bombed your ACT test. What a relief? Now you can take your test with no pressure. And unlike the SAT you can actually see your score and then delete them. SAT allows test-takers until 11:59pm on the Wednesday following the test to decide whether they want to cancel their scores, but you won't know what your scores are. With the ACT you can see and decide to keep or delete your scores.
Regardless, we suggest to prepare strong and let your strengths truly shine in the ACT test.
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Catholic schools have been using the HSPT as part of the admissions process for more than 50 years, and the test has not changed in years. HSPT has stood the test of time and can be quite a challenging test.
1. The First Real Test
If your child hasn’t taken a standardized test before, this will be the first time he will sit for a long test. The HSPT evaluates five categories, namely: language, reading, and mathematics proficiency lasting over two and a half hours.
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Most international students take the SAT to prepare to apply to U.S. colleges. But the SAT is not the only test available. Another test, the ACT, is accepted by all U.S. colleges, and we think you should take that first.
The ACT is a more straight forward test and surveys your knowledge learned, whereas the SAT is more focused on critical thinking and reasoning, a challenge for many non-native English speakers.
The ACT is also becoming more popular in the United States. For the first time last year, more graduating seniors had taken the ACT than the SAT.
While the number of international students choosing the ACT is rising, they still represent a smaller portion than those from the U.S. The most likely reason is that Chinese students aren't usually aware of the ACT. Plus, there has not been a major marketing push by ACT internationally, despite having 400 testing centers worldwide.
While the SAT tests critical reading, math and writing, the ACT tests English, math, science and reaching. Given its focus on science, the structure of ACT is conducive to international education and standards. The only issue is mastery of English, which is challenge for international students who are non-native speakers of English.
For those with language challenges, consider a Skype session with Hillview Prep. Can Shakespeare help you solve ACT Science? Yes, he can. If you are good in Science, but struggling in the test, try improving your reading comprehension! What does reading comprehension have to do with science? Simply put, both sections have the same approach and same comprehension methods. Contact us for a free consultation to learn more about our ACT prep courses.
Recently, ACT launched a new test, the Pre-ACT.
The idea is similar to the PSAT: Give students a preview of the experience of taking the real test, and thus help them prepare for the college entrance examination.
Following are nine important facts that students and parents should know.
1. Similar but Shorter: The PreACT closely mirrors the ACT, but is shorter. While the regular ACT is 2 hours and 55 minutes long (3 hours 35 minutes if you add the Writing section), the PreACT is only 1 hour and 55 minutes long.
2. Sections: The PreACT has the same four multiple-choice sections as the regular ACT: English, Math, Reading, and Science. There is no Writing section.
3. Scoring: Both exams will be scored on a 1 to 36 scale.
4. Cheaper: The PreACT is $12 per student rather than $15 for the PSAT.
5. Flexible Scheduling: Schools can also administer the PreACT whenever they want during the school year, whereas the PSAT has a specific October testing date with only one alternate date available.
6. Difficulty Level: The questions on the exam will be questions from past ACTs that have been reformulated, so the difficulty level of the test is on par with the regular ACT. The point of the test is to help students get a better sense of where they would score on the real ACT and how much more they need to prepare before taking it.
7. College Planning: There's more to the PreACT than practicing for the ACT. PreACT test-takers will be asked to provide information on their interests, the courses they plan to take in high school and their expected college major. The idea is to help parents and counselors start important conversations related to college and careers.
8. No Competition--Just Practice: Unlike the PSAT (NMSQT), the PreACT has no scholarship competition. Its sole purpose is to prepare students for the ACT; scores will not have any direct effects on the college admissions process. It's really just a practice tool.
9. For the 10th grader: Taking the PreACT as a 10th-grader might help a student determine what he or she has to do to get ready for the ACT.
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