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One of the best gifts an academically gifted student can receive is the chance to fulfill his or her full intellectual potential. The material covered in high-level standardized tests is typically introduced in high school, but if a middle-school student demonstrates readiness, there’s no reason to wait. In fact, getting a head start on these […]


by Ashley McCarrick

You can choose how to spend your summer – endlessly playing video games or wasting time on social media, never making progress toward your future goals – OR – you can choose to include a few meaningful activities that have a chance to impact your life and future. Even if you choose the latter, you […]


by Ashley McCarrick

Think of a practice test as a scrimmage before the big game – you can see what the test will entail without all of the pressure and then make adjustments based on how you perform. These tips will help you make the most of your practice tests: Don’t take the practice test while sitting on […]


by Ashley McCarrick

National Merit ® Semifinalists and Commended students for 2017 were just named, and it is an exciting and sometimes overwhelming time. Becoming a National Merit ® Semifinalist is quite an honor, but you have to take the steps below in order to capitalize on your achievement. Find out about the next steps in the competition […]


by Ashley McCarrick

The University of Texas at Austin provided lots of great information at the Texas Together Counselor Update, but there were several areas discussed that will affect students in the greatest ways. If you have been procrastinating and have not submitted your application yet, don’t wait! UT-Austin has a priority submission deadline of October 15, and […]


by Ashley McCarrick

Last week, we had the privilege of attending the Texas Together Counselor Update hosted by Texas A&M University and The University of Texas at Austin. The event is always informative, and this year there were some especially interesting updates. Check out the information below for Texas A&M and stay tuned for a later blog about […]


by Ashley McCarrick

You’ve completed the application, written the essays, and formulated a resume. Now it’s time to get others in on the action as you ask teachers and counselors for recommendations. You will also need to submit your SAT ® and/or ACT ® test scores and your high school transcript. You are almost to the finish line! […]


by Ashley McCarrick

“This is so overwhelming!” We hear it every day. Yes, the college application process is a daunting one. If you do things the right way, though, the process will pay off with your attending the college of your dreams. Many college applications across the country open on August 1. So over the next month, we […]


by Ashley McCarrick

College admissions offices focus on your grades and resume, but when you send the application can affect your chances as well. Many college applications are due by December or January (be sure to check the colleges’ websites for exact dates) of your senior year. That is for regular admission, which is the most common way […]


by Ashley McCarrick

Now that you understand how test scores and other academic factors weigh into the college admissions process, here are the top 6 non-academic college admissions factors: 1. Extracurricular Activities What have you done with your time outside of school? What are you passionate about? Being an active member of a club or holding a leadership […]


by Ashley McCarrick

It’s that time of the year — high school seniors are working on college applications and are looking ahead to college. If you are wondering what matters most to colleges, check out these top 4 academic college admission factors: 1. SAT ® test scores, ACT ® test scores, and SAT Subject Test ™ scores Do […]


by Ashley McCarrick

Can you study engineering at a liberal arts college and if so, is it a good idea? Which colleges have strong ROTC programs? Which private universities offer top-ranked business schools? Are there colleges with strong programs for students with learning differences? It’s not often that I read a college guide cover-to-cover, but I did just […]