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How to Study for the SAT Subject Tests

Now that you have decided which Subject Tests to take, it is time to figure out how to study for them. Though each test covers different materials, the approach to studying for them is similar. This article will outline the general strategy when studying for Subject Tests and offer tips specific to each test type. […]

The Facts About SAT Subject Tests

The SAT Subject Tests are a cause of concern for many students. This article will facilitate the decision-making process, leaving more time to prepare for the tests. What are the SAT Subject Tests?  You should always do some form of prep for the Subject Tests. The “Official Guide” is the best place to start. Subject […]

The Benefits of Using Official SAT Tests and Material

Most large test prep companies produce their own practice SATs. They generally sell those practice SATs as part of prep books, in addition to using the same practice SATs in their classes and tutoring sessions. While numerous practice tests may make a prep book or an SAT class sound more impressive, there are several reasons […]

What is the ACT?

If you are reading this article, you might be trying to find the answer to at least one of these questions: Do all colleges accept the ACT? Do colleges prefer the SAT over the ACT? Is the ACT harder than the SAT? Should I take the SAT or the ACT? Read on to find the […]

UC Admissions Audit – Athletic Verification

Beyond the revealing the scope and audacity, this year in college admissions reinforced something we at Cardinal Education always knew to be true: the opacity of the admissions process. As colleges become increasingly selective and students must compete even harder to gain admission to the nation’s top universities, admissions boards continue to use a byzantine […]

How to Optimize Your Status as a Legacy for College Admissions

Editor’s Note: This article is the second in our four-part series Demographic Factors in College Admissions It is no secret that legacies, or applicants who already have familial ties to a college, are afforded a significant advantage in college admissions.  In fact, according to a study conducted by Harvard professor, Michael Hurwitz, legacies generally experience […]

College Tuition: Do You Get What You Pay For?

College tuition at most schools increases at a rate of 4-5% every year.  These days, this steady increase in cost has resulted in an enormous financial burden for middle and lower income families.  To provide equal educational opportunities for these families, colleges constantly strive to augment their financial aid budget and dole out thousands of […]

Can Athletics Help Me Get into College?

Editor’s Note: This article is the first in our four-part series Demographic Factors in College Admissions. In short, yes.  In fact, exceptional athletic talent and achievement can be the difference between a rejection and acceptance to high-caliber universities across the nation.  However, few student-athletes are aware of the numerous qualifications they must meet in order […]

How Important are SAT Scores to Colleges?

Claremont McKenna College announced in January that an admissions official had released inaccurate SAT score statistics in an effort to boost the school’s standing in the U.S. News & World Report Rankings. A college trying to game the rankings with false data is nothing new. In recent years, misleading information has been submitted by the […]

Planning Summer Break: Activities that Look Best on College Applications

It’s February, and schoolwork, clubs, and winter sports probably dominate your freshman, sophomore, or junior’s daily thoughts and routine.  Consequently, summer break may seem like a long way off. The fact is, however, summer activity opportunities are currently becoming available, and the rosters for these activities are already filling up.  In other words, now is […]