What Can EXPLORE Do For Your Student?

by Zena Smith Our favorite piece of classroom advice has always been to “start early.” Whether you’re shopping for school supplies, studying for a test, or plotting your schedule for next semester, an early start is the easiest way to get a foot up on your competition and ensure that you’re ready for whatever comes your way. So […]

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Save the Date: Higher-Ed Application Deadlines are Approaching!

by Zena Smith It’s officially crunch time for college-bound juniors and seniors—and let’s face it, their parents, too. As the remaining standardized test dates dwindle and financial aid deadlines approach, many of our heads are spinning with all the things that need to be done to make sure our students spend the fall off at college instead […]

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Successful ACT Prep Starts With a Plan

by Zena Smith With the holidays behind us, test prep season is here once again. Year in and year out, the months leading up to the ACT test day prove to be some of the most uncertain, stressful, and confusing for our parents and students alike. With so much on the line, it’s no wonder that our […]

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Changes to ACT Writing Test in 2015

by Zena Smith Just when you thought you’d caught up to all the changes in the world of standardized testing, the powers that be have thrown another curve ball. You might remember our EduBlog discussion about changes to the SAT (coming in 2015) or upcoming revisions to the AP U.S. History Exam; now ACT has announced it will modify […]

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ACT Profile: The New Social Network for College-Bound Students

by Zena Smith So much has changed in the last ten years, education- and technology-wise, that it can be hard to remember exactly how things were such a short time ago. In 2004 the Common Core didn’t exist, less than half of all teenagers were using cell phones, and a Facebook was still an experiment—a “social network” requiring a college email […]

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What is a Good Score on the ACT?

by Zena Smith  The wait is over! The scores are in. Students who took the ACT Plus Writing on February 8th should have by now received their completed results.  So how’d you do? Well enough to get into your college of choice? How well is that? The truth about ACT scores is that “good” is […]

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EXPLORE College and Career Prep with MASTERs Plus

by Zena Smith For high school upperclassmen, autumn is the season of college prep. From personal statements to standardized tests to letters of recommendation and financial aid applications, students spend much of their semesters thinking about their futures in higher education and beyond. But college prep doesn’t have to be—and we’re here to say it […]

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Seven Myths About Standardized Tests

As your teenager begins to prepare for college they will need to take a standardized test. Most all colleges now require students to take either the SAT or ACT to be admitted. As you prepare your student for these tests you will hear many myths regarding these tests, here are the most common myths from […]

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