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    What Test Optional Really Means

    By Patrick Fitz Over the past year, colleges and universities in the United States have adjusted their policies regarding standardized testing, especially for the SAT and the ACT. Though these exams were originally required by virtually all undergraduate programs, select...

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    Beyond the Confines: Virtual Extracurriculars in a Pandemic

    By Arienne Calingo Inside the café, I observe a teenager shift between typing furiously and scrolling through Google. I overhear her mention volunteering. Her friend clasps and unclasps her hands with a furrowed brow. “I can’t find anything!” she exclaims....

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    Why You Should Consider the ACT

    By Patrick Fitz A common experience among some of our test preparation and consulting students is that they study diligently for the SAT but are not ultimately able to increase their score beyond a certain range. No matter how hard...

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    Optimize Your Summer Break

    By David Shepley Summer break presents a crucial time for high school students to build their intellectual and personal narratives into a stand-out portfolio of experiences worthy of US university admissions. Although summers offer respite from intense school-year academic and...

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    Ace Your Alumni Interview

    By Patrick Fitz Now that applications have been submitted, colleges and universities may reach out to applicants offering an alumni interview. Policies for individual schools vary, and not every student will be interviewed by every institution. If someone reaches out,...

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    Peter Davos on Applying to US universities

    Applying to American undergraduate programs is a daunting and confusing task for even the most highly motivated and prepared American students, but applicants from the UAE face particular challenges given their general lack of guidance and knowledge of the necessary...

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    Peter Davos on The importance of fit and creating a good college list

    Applying to college is a matchmaking process and should be taken seriously by students and their families. Unfortunately, many students do not invest the time and energy into doing the necessary research required to make a compatible college list. With...

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    Peter Davos on Advantages of studying at US universities

    UAE students face an array of choices when determining where to pursue their undergraduate studies in a foreign country, with Canada, Britain, Australia, and the United States being the most popular global destinations for an international education. While leaving the...

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    Peter Davos on US Women’s Colleges

    Women’s colleges are an ideal option for female UAE high school students intent on maintaining social, cultural, and religious values in a female-only setting, while pursuing an excellent education in the United States. As high school juniors compile a list...

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    Understanding Majors, Minors and Electives

    By Ijaaz Jackaria Choosing a field of study in college can be a daunting task. Navigating the hundreds of courses that universities offer, all while keeping the anxiety about picking the ‘wrong’ program or the wrong career at bay, is...

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    Reading the Lines & What’s Between: What Admissions Officers Look For

    By: Angela Jones-Glukhov At the most selective U.S. universities, it all happens, on average, in 7 minutes. The review of application forms, school reports, test scores, essays, and other materials that took years to develop and months to craft, is...

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    Transitioning from Life as a UAE High School Student to a US University Student

    By Simone Noorali Whether the UAE is the only home you’ve known or one of many, moving to the United States as a student is an undoubtedly unparalleled experience. Here in the multicultural metropolis of the Middle East, our exposure...

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