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Prepare for Ivy League Admissions in Middle School

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There’s a lot that you can do a middle school to prepare yourself for Ivy League admissions. After all, the earlier that you start the smarter you’ll be, the more educated you’ll be, and as a result you’ll have a higher GPA in high school, you’ll have more experience taking standardized tests, preparing yourself for […]

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How much importance do admissions committees place on AP test scores?

About the same importance as they place on other quantitative measures of academic performance (eg, SAT, GPA, etc). The thing about APs is: -it gives you an opportunity to reinforce specific strengths (eg, if you’re a math whiz, you better take Calculus BC and get a 5) -it’s over a longer period of time, and […]

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Low GPA? 3 tips on how to get into Ivy League schools

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Low GPAs are a common problem. You sail through middle school, and then you hit high school. Everything is new, you don’t know where your classes are, you don’t have a core group of friends, and you honestly feel lost. The teachers are new, the classes are tougher, and all of a sudden, you find […]

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5 secrets about Advanced Placement (AP) tests and classes

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AP tests are a rite of passage for most high school students. Some of you are international students (advice on that here), some are in IB programs, but the majority will be taking Advanced Placement classes and tests. Here are some insights on APs: 1) Take as many AP classes as you can fit into […]

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Why reading lists won’t help at all – don’t listen to your high school counselor or college advisors

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If you’ve read some of my previous articles on college admissions, you’ll realize that I’m blunt and will tell you exactly how I view an issue. Let’s talk about reading lists. Reading lists are the biggest waste of time. High school counselors, private tutors, expensive admissions coaches – everyone will tell you that reading lists […]

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Why a 4.0 high school GPA and 2400 SAT won’t get you into Harvard

The 5 secrets about your high school GPA and class ranking to get into Harvard and Stanford

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Why planning is key to getting into the Ivy Leagues

Many of you will wait until junior or senior year before worrying about college applications. I did that, and got lucky – getting accepted at Harvard, Yale, Stanford and a few other schools. There are many strategies I discovered to make this happen – but you’ll have to read my website to find out what […]

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