How Does My GPA Affect College Admissions?

[fa icon="calendar'] 12/2/18 11:20 PM / by Empowerly Team

One of the most common questions we get asked every year by high school students revolves around course selection. Often students ask how many Advanced Placement (AP) courses they should take, if they should pursue college courses outside of school, or if they should pursue an International Baccalaureate (IB) program. These are good questions, and we have written this article for more details on metrics we have developed to help students determine exact numbers.

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GPA vs Standardized Testing - Which Weighs More Heavily?

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/9/18 12:30 PM / by Julia de Raadt

 Students often ask whether GPA or standardized test scores are more important, especially in the case that they have a strong GPA but a lower SAT/ACT or vice versa. Will a low test score ruin my chances of getting into my college of choice? 

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Junior Journeys: Overcoming Test Anxiety, Part 2

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/28/18 12:00 PM / by Sonya Gurwitt

We’ve all had the experience of being nervous before a test, but sometimes the stress and anxiety can start to interfere with your performance on the test itself. This is called test anxiety (see part one of this post for more information on what test anxiety is and some preliminary ways to overcome it). Luckily, there are plenty of concrete ways to get over test anxiety and help you stay calm during the many important standardized tests you’ll take junior year!

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Junior Journeys: Overcoming Test Anxiety, Part 1

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/24/18 2:00 PM / by Sonya Gurwitt

Junior year is full of standardized tests—SATs, ACTs, SAT IIs, APs—but whatever the acronym, even the thought of sitting for hours filling in tiny scantron bubbles with a number two pencil can be enough to make your palms sweat.

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What is The AP Capstone Program?

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/21/18 12:00 PM / by Natalie Thompson

If you like doing well in school and taking on challenges, then you probably know about the AP program. The College Board, which administers and develops the Advanced Placement (AP) program, has recently developed the AP Capstone program. This program is designed to complement and enhance the AP program.

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Junior Journeys: How Many Times Should You Take the SAT?

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/20/18 12:00 PM / by Christina Le

Taking the SAT exam can be a self-esteem crushing, nerve-wracking part of the college admissions process. It’s definitely not designed to be a walk in the park, and consists of three math, reading, and writing sections, approximately a four hour interval to complete these sections, and a score posted online that can seem like the end of the world.

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What to Do Before Your First SAT

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/12/18 6:00 PM / by Josia Yuan

For many high school juniors, this time of year is when they will experience the College Board’s official SAT for the very first time. While it may be a bit stressful and nerve-racking to take this first step into your journey of college application, Synocate is here to help guide your way through the process. If you are nervous about an upcoming SAT test, use the following tips to better prepare for it:

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Guides: 3 Quick Strategies for SAT Success

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/11/18 12:00 PM / by Amanda Orbuch

Boost your chances of success on the SAT with these three quick tips.

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Senior Strategies: Should You Load Up on AP Tests Senior Year?

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/2/18 12:00 PM / by Andy Wang

A common dilemma that each high school senior faces around this time of the year is senior year AP testing and whether they should be taking more AP tests their last year in high school. 

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Guides: 10 Things Any STEM Major Should Know, as Told by a Stanford Student

[fa icon="calendar'] 2/22/18 12:00 PM / by Amanda Orbuch

As a sophomore at Stanford, I’ve met my fair share STEM-oriented students. In fact, at Stanford, it feels like everywhere you turn, you bump into another STEM student (a.k.a. “techy”).

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