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Brendan Conway is the Web Content Editor for Peterson's Interactive and is well-versed in the world of higher education and admissions. He is a graduate of Hamilton College, and has been working in admissions advice, test-prep advice, career planning advice, and similar fields for the majority of his career since graduation. Brendan endeavors to provide the most relevant, useful, and interesting information via Peterson's Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ feeds. Brendan enjoys lexicological oddities and voraciously reading in his free time.

Free Practice Test for the ACT

Check out some sample questions from the ACT test here!

By Brendan Conway updated on July 17, 2014

Highest Paying College Majors: Get on the right track

There are some subjects you can study and major in during your college education which would leave you that much more likely to get out of college with a good, well-paying job.

By Brendan Conway updated on May 09, 2014

Are College Prices Really Going Up?

Are college prices really going up? We hear about it all the time, but the actual information might startle you.

By Brendan Conway updated on April 24, 2014

Test Prep: Choosing the ACT or SAT

Are you ready for test prep and facing the registration deadlines, feeling pressured to choose, and wondering whether the ACT or SAT is better? Relax! The reality is that neither test is superior to the other.

By Brendan Conway updated on April 15, 2014

Talkin' About College Essays #2: Tackling Tough Essay Questions

So, in our last article in this set, we talked a bit about some strange essay prompts, and how you could deal with them.

By Brendan Conway updated on October 31, 2013

What can you get for your money?

A college education ain't cheap, and looking at some figures on the differing costs of college degrees can help you get a good read on what paying for a college education might mean for you.

By Brendan Conway updated on October 14, 2013

7 Strange, Stunning, and Spectacular Scholarships

You might call them eccentric. You might call them bizarre. But you'll be thanking the organizations behind these scholarships when they're handing you the money you need to pursue your college goals. So let's get into some peculiar college scholarships that might help you in your higher education pursuits.

By Brendan Conway updated on October 14, 2013

Finding Your "X" Factor

A key part of having a successful college application is finding and calling out your "X" factor. Find out how to do that here.

By Brendan Conway updated on September 11, 2013

Dos and Don'ts of Using College Rankings

College rankings can be valuable tools -- if you know how to use them best. Check out this list of dos and don'ts for using college rankings.

By Brendan Conway updated on August 27, 2013

Back To School Tips for Your Senior Year of High School

Heading back to high school for your senior year? These tips can help you make the most of it and get through your college admissions process with the least stress possible.

By Brendan Conway updated on August 27, 2013

5 Stages of Applications

If you're coming up to the admissions process, you should check out this list of the five stages of applications, so you know what's coming your way, and how to overcome it like a rock star.

By Brendan Conway updated on August 01, 2013

Finance Degree vs Accounting Degree: Just what is the difference?

Finance. Accounting. Finance. Accounting. Which should you choose? It's a mind-boggling question, or so it would seem at first glance.

By Brendan Conway updated on July 15, 2013

List of Late Deadline Schools

If you've missed some of the earlier deadlines for college applications, it's okay! Here's a list of 350+ schools with late deadlines.

By Brendan Conway updated on June 11, 2013

Interesting College Courses: Unique Choices from Education's Bounty

Colleges are places of learning, of discussion, and thought, about things like basket-weaving. Yes, there are some interesting college courses out there. Find out about some of the most interesting right here.

By Brendan Conway updated on April 10, 2013

Pharmacy Colleges: The Path to Becoming a Pharmacy Technician

So, you want to be a pharmacy technician? Good for you! Especially if you're looking into pharmacy colleges.

By Brendan Conway updated on February 05, 2013
See Pharmacy Colleges on Peterson's

Occupational Therapy Degree: Undergraduate Options for OT

If you are interested in occupational therapy, great! It's a path that can take you to a long and rewarding career, well worthy of your time and your study.

By Brendan Conway updated on February 05, 2013
See Schools that Offer Occupational Therapy Degrees

Criminal Justice Jobs Are a Valuable Asset to Community

Whatever the reason that people opt to join this field, there are many different jobs to choose from that go beyond traditional law enforcement.

By Brendan Conway updated on January 31, 2013
Colleges Offering Criminal Justice Programs

Physical Therapy Schools: Learn a Healing Art

Being a physical therapist isn't easy, and it requires significant skill, but the rewards of helping people to live their lives to the fullest can more than make up for it.

By Brendan Conway updated on January 31, 2013
Colleges Offering Physical Therapy Programs

Online Pharmacy Technician Schools: Another Option for a New Career

Want to enter into a career as a pharmacy technician? Start earning a pharmacy tech salary? But not sure if you can physically attend any kind of educational program to do so?

By Brendan Conway updated on January 31, 2013
Colleges Offering Pharmacy Programs

Marketing Major: The answers to your questions

If you pursue a marketing major, then you'll be preparing yourself for a wide array of possible careers. Marketing exists all throughout the world around us, and has many roles in business

By Brendan Conway updated on January 31, 2013

Information for Chinese International Students Studying in the USA

Three years ago, there were 10 million students in China who took the college entrance examination, the Gao Kao, and China's universities could only accommodate 5.7 million Chinese students.

By Brendan Conway updated on January 30, 2013

Travel Visa Requirements for Chinese Students Going to America

If you’re a Chinese student looking to obtain a student travel visa to study at a U.S. college, the travel visa requirements may appear to be difficult and complicated.

By Brendan Conway updated on January 30, 2013

Talkin' About College Essays #1: Dealing with Strange Essay Questions

Most college applications will require essays based on prompts they provide. Most prompts will be nice, tame, and reasonable. They'll take hard work and thought, sure, but they'll be nothing outside of the realm of what you've already done or what you're familiar with.

By Brendan Conway updated on January 30, 2013

USA Student Visa Requirements for Indian Students

Many Indian students, along with other international students, make plans to go to American universities for college-level education, as some colleges of the U.S.A. are ranked among the top universities in the world.

By Brendan Conway updated on January 30, 2013

Using Social Media for College Admissions: Using Facebook, Twitter, and More

We've talked before about how you can best protect yourself from blowback from your Facebook profile being seen by a college admissions officer. But Facebook doesn't just have to be something you have to rein in, or protect yourself from.

By Brendan Conway updated on January 30, 2013

The SAT Exam: Important to Your Chances of Studying in the U.S.A.

Need a clear-cut guide with step-by-step instructions for how to get into an American college or university? Here it is. The important steps of the process are simple:

By Brendan Conway updated on January 30, 2013

Differences Between the Gao Kao and the SAT in China

The United States of America stands as a fantastic opportunity for any Chinese international students who want to continue their educations. It has a number of the best and most well-knowned schools in the world, not to mention some great cities and other bonuses.

By Brendan Conway updated on January 30, 2013

Rolling Admissions and the College Process

Part of checking out college admission requirements is learning about admission deadlines, and in doing so you may find out that some of the schools you're applying to offer rolling admissions.

By Brendan Conway updated on January 30, 2013

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Rolling Admissions

Most of the time, in non-rolling admissions, you'll have to wait a good long time to hear back from the schools to which you apply. Schools won't start judging applications until the full deadline is up, and then they'll judge all applications at the same time, sending out responses once they've made their full decisions.

By Brendan Conway updated on January 30, 2013

Top Five Admissions Scandals of the Last Five Years

Both applicants and school officials occasionally try to rig the admissions game for their own benefit. Here’s a look back at the 5 most famous college admissions scandals of the last 5 years.

By Brendan Conway updated on January 30, 2013
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