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Passing the USMLE: A Scoring Guide

Your USMLE prep should start by identifying ‘good’ or passing scores. By understanding how your test is scored and setting your score goal early on, you will streamline your studies and ensure a manageable workload along the way. Try our free practice questions or check out our other free resources to get a better feel for where you stand […]

Ultimate Guide to Gap Year Programs

Gap years after high school and before college can take many different shapes. It’s important to prioritize what is important to you when determining how to spend your gap year.   Depending on what your career and educational aspirations are, you might choose to spend a year between high school and college doing one or more of […]

Should You Take a Gap Year After High School?

  You’ve likely heard the term “gap year” before. But what many people don’t understand is that a gap year shouldn’t be treated as a break. Instead, a gap year is a year between high school and college in which you gain experiences that are unique to this time in your life, that will help […]

All About the AAMC’s Shortened MCAT

Since COVID-19 has disrupted MCAT testing for many prospective medical students, the AAMC has increased the number of MCAT administrations between May 29 and September 28, 2020 to 21 administrations. In order to accommodate this increased testing, the AAMC has made adjustments to the MCAT structure and administration processes.  Keep in mind that although you […]

What is Rolling Admissions?

What if I told you that you could get into college as early as September or October of your senior year? Instead of waiting until December, January, or even later for your decisions, you could go through your senior year with less stress knowing that you are already accepted to a great college. This can […]

How To Deal With Test Anxiety

ACT,  GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT, and SAT are acronyms that induce strong emotions from students who are applying to college or graduate school. Ditto for your average Algebra or US History exam. Testing is a stressful process for many students. I’m sure some of you are feeling your palms start to sweat by just reading […]

UC Admissions Guide: Top Application Tips

The University of California Application or UC Application is the common application for all 8 universities in the University of California system: Berkeley, Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, Merced, Riverside, San Diego, Santa Barbara, and Santa Cruz. Whether you are applying to one UC university or all 8, you will complete a single UC application. All […]

Taking the LSAT-Flex Online

In response to the COVID-19 public health emergency, the Law School Admissions Council [LSAC] is offering what it refers to as LSAT Flex—an online, remotely proctored version of the LSAT—for test takers who were registered for the in-person April, June, July, and August 2020 tests that have been canceled in the United States and Canada. Typically, […]

Importance of High School Summers for College Admissions

What are the best things for a high school student to do this summer, to prepare for the shifting realities of college and career that await them down the road? Summer vacation is one of the most misunderstood parts of the admissions process. While students think they need to do something truly amazing—hike Kilimanjaro, study […]

How to Navigate Need-Based Financial Aid

In this introduction to need-based financial aid, you will learn about the necessary terms, forms, and tools that you need to know about to pay for college. Need-based financial aid includes financial support, including grants, scholarships, federal work-study, and student loans. A father raised his hand in the back of the room–”what’s a FAFSA?” I […]