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We’re going to dive straight into the links this week because, as you may have noticed, we’re nearing the crescendo of the college application season and things at both Peterson’s and EssayEdge are busier than ever. Let’s see what’s been going on in the wild world of college admissions over the last seven days.

  • A neat note from the Navy Dispatch: college admissions standardized testing (the SAT and ACT) is available free of charge to active-duty service members at their local base education centers. If you’re in any branch of the military and are considering college after your service ends, this is a great, great opportunity to take advantage of!
  • If you want to avoid making embarrassing grammatical errors in you’re college application essay (see what I did there?), be sure to read through this entire column from the Huffington Post, which highlights some of the most common and easy-to-make mistakes found in admissions essays today.
  • PSAT scores will be released soon – here’s a good overview of what these scores mean along with some suggestions on how you can interpret them for yourself.
  • Hey – did you hear that social media, specifically its role in the college application process, has been in the news the past few months? Hopefully so, since we’ve been featuring articles on that topic here every week and they show no sign of slowing down. Here are few more from this week!
  • Did you use LinkedIn at all during your college admissions search? That site may play a larger role in the application process in future years, with 23,000 schools already having pages on the site.
  • Forget writing essays – according to this post from the Huffington Post, video essay submissions will eventually replace 500-word narratives when it comes to college applications.
  • Not only will you learn [in one person’s opinion, at least] the 5 most common mistakes made on college applications by reading this piece, you’ll also learn how to avoid those errors – probably worth a glance!
  • The new version of the SAT that was set to be unveiled in 2015 has been pushed back until 2016, as reported by the Washington Post and other outlets. A new PSAT/NMSQT will still debut in 2015.
  • It is EXTREMELY important that you carefully read and heed all of these vital tips from America’s favorite totally-not-satirical news source The Onion on how to get into college. Seriously. These are really top-notch when it comes to advice practically guaranteed to get you in…
  • I found this really neat – a group of students at Watsonville High School are receiving recognition from the White House for developing an app to help students navigate the complex college admissions process. Man, I wish something like that had existed back when I was applying!