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SSAT practice, ISEE test prep, and private school admissions test info

Does your college prep include going to private school? Prepare for admissions tests with SSAT practice and ISEE test prep in an exam prep book.

By Peterson's Staff updated on June 26, 2017

Increase Your SAT Scores by Knowing What the Test Is About

What does the SAT consist of, how long are each sections, and what are they? Find out the answers to these questions and more with this article.

By Peterson's Staff updated on June 15, 2017

You Received Your SAT Scores… Now What?

You have your SAT scores in your hand. Now what? Read about the next steps in this article from Peterson's.

By Peterson's Staff updated on June 15, 2017

High SAT Scores: Need-to-Know Tips and Strategies

Tips and strategies for the SAT test can be very helpful on test day and learning how to approach the test should be part of your SAT prep in addition to working on content. Learn more in this article.

By Peterson's Staff updated on June 15, 2017

States Requiring the ACT

Does your state require the ACT? Many do, and more are contemplating making the test mandatory. Find out if yours is one of them here.

By Peterson's Staff updated on June 15, 2017

Find ACT Testing Locations

Get the latest information on ACT testing locations and find out the nearest test center to you.

By Peterson's Staff updated on June 15, 2017

What is a Private College?

A private college is independent and sets its own policies and goals, as well as being privately funded, and tend to be generally smaller than public or private universities. To find out more about what private colleges are, keep reading this article.

By Peterson's Staff updated on June 15, 2017

Is the Cost of Private College Worth It?

Attending a private college offer many benefits. However, private colleges can be quite expensive. Despite all the benefits that private universities and colleges offer, are they really worth the price tag?

By Peterson's Staff updated on June 15, 2017

How to Identify a Good Private College

Attending a private college gives you numerous opportunities to learn, including reputation, smaller class sizes, lower student-to-teacher ratio, and attractive financial aid packages. Find out more about private colleges here.

By Peterson's Staff updated on June 15, 2017

Public University vs. Private College

The major difference between public universities and private colleges lies in how they are funded. If you're looking for more information about the difference between public and private universities, read on in this article.

By Peterson's Staff updated on June 15, 2017

Last-Minute College Application Tips

How you fill out your college application can mean just as much as what you put. Find out some useful and handy tips and tricks to get your application polished here.

By Peterson's Staff updated on June 15, 2017

Letter of Recommendation: How to Ask for It

Writing a college letter of recommendation requires considerable effort. Don't just blurt out a request to a supervisor or instructor you see walking down the hallway. Choose your letter of recommendation writers carefully, and plan out your timing and approach.

By Peterson's Staff updated on June 15, 2017

Saying Goodbye to Early Decision

Early decision is not what it used to be, with many colleges dropping the program. It doesn't mean you shouldn't start preparing early, as this article shows.

By Peterson's Staff updated on June 15, 2017

What the Waitlist or a Deferral Means for Your College Acceptance

Waitlisted. Application deferred. You put in your college application and that's the response you got! Even after you spent hours filling out forms and laboring over the perfect essay!

By Peterson's Staff updated on June 15, 2017

Building Your Vocabulary Helps with Test Prep

Your vocabulary is often seen as an extension of your intelligence, but what can it mean for test taking? Find out here.

By Peterson's Staff updated on June 15, 2017

ACT Scoring Help: About the ACT

Find out how the ACT is scored and what your score means to you in this article.

By Peterson's Staff updated on June 15, 2017

SAT Scores: About the SAT

The SAT is a standard college entrance exam that measures skills in math, reading, and writing. The first section is always a written essay, which takes 25 minutes

By Peterson's Staff updated on June 15, 2017

The College Loan Forgiveness Program for Teachers

Have you heard of the Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program? If you qualify for this federally sponsored program, you can have up to $17,500 of your student loan balance cancelled.

By Peterson's Staff updated on June 15, 2017

The Reality of the College Loan

Student loan debt is often a reality for students who are pursuing a higher education. Find out more about how to deal with your debt in this article.

By Peterson's Staff updated on June 15, 2017

The World of Private Student Loans: Alternative Financing Options

For many families today, regular financial aid programs come up short in meeting the tuition bill each semester. Rather than using savings, many families are turning to alternative or private student loans to help pay the cost.

By Peterson's Staff updated on June 15, 2017

College Financial Aid: The Financial Aid Award Letter

After you've received your financial aid award letters, you need to know the next steps for each and make a decision. This article can help!

By Peterson's Staff updated on June 15, 2017

Residency: Its Impact on Tuition Price and College Financial Aid

There are legitimate reasons why public universities charge higher tuition to students from out of state. Find why the price is higher in this article.

By Peterson's Staff updated on June 15, 2017

Campus Visits, College Research, and Your College List

Visiting a college should be a part of choosing which one is right for you. It's not necessary to visit every one before applying, but finding some good examples is key to visiting colleges. This article can help you decide which schools to visit.

By Peterson's Staff updated on June 15, 2017

Consider the Student Body's Effect on College Life and Campus Housing

Whether it's in class or campus housing, part of the fun of college is meeting new people — and regardless of where you go, you are going to make friends.

By Peterson's Staff updated on June 15, 2017

Popular College Searches by Peterson's Visitors

All kinds of visitors come to Petersons.com, looking for all kinds of different information. The most popular college searches conducted by these visitors are: New England College, Rolling Admissions, and Online Colleges.

By Peterson's Staff updated on June 15, 2017

Career Planning: Resume Writing Overview

Putting together your resume can be stressful, but you can alleviate a lot of that stress with all the tips and information available here and throughout Peterson's. Find out what you need to do to make the most of your resume here.

By Peterson's Staff updated on June 15, 2017

How do college transfer credits work?

Many people are forced to leave college to help out during difficult family times or ‘temporarily’ leaving to earn money to pay for tuition, and many non-traditional students (those over age 25) now worry about transferring credits earned years before and the potential disadvantages of being older than the rest of the class. You can find out more about how transfer those credits and alleviate your worries here.

By Peterson's Staff updated on June 15, 2017

The Impact of Top Universities on Your Future Success

Attending top universities and colleges can help you build influential networks that open doors after graduation. This article can show you how.

By Peterson's Staff updated on June 15, 2017

Writing a Research Paper at Colleges and Universities

Research papers are a norm at colleges and universities. If you're stuck on where to start or even how to finish, this article can help guide you to finish that paper.

By Peterson's Staff updated on June 15, 2017

Colleges and Universities: Choosing the Right Fit

Part of finding the right college or university for you will, of course, be picking out the criteria that matter most to you, and then seeing if any of the colleges or universities you're looking at fit those criteria. If you want a guide to that process, then read on.

By Peterson's Staff updated on June 15, 2017
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