Update Your Standardized Test Scores

pencil-487673_1920ACT and SAT scores were released recently, so if you took (or retook) one of these tests and got your scores back, it’s time to update your Cappex profile. Here’s why:

You’ll Get a More Realistic View of Your Chances
Students love our What Are My Chances Calculator, but you won’t have an accurate understanding of what your odds are if you’re relying on old test scores when check out our scattergram. If your scores have improved, we need to know so we can recalculate your chances!

We Can Find More Scholarships for You
It’s no secret college is expensive and most high schoolers are looking for scholarships to pay for it. We have more than $11 billion in scholarships in our database, so we’re one of the top places students go to look for free money for college. Updating your test scores means we’ll be able to better match you with scholarships that have minimum ACT or SAT score requirements.

You Can Connect With More Schools
Most colleges have GPA and standardized test requirements. By making sure your profile up up to date with your latest and greatest scores, schools that want students like you will be able to connect with you.

Update your scores now, and if you need to sign up for an ACT or SAT retake, check out our favorite standardized test study tips.

Original Post Date: November 23rd, 2015

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FAQs About Your GPA

female-702961_1920What’s your GPA? If you can’t answer that question off the top of your head, you aren’t paying enough attention to this number. It seems insignificant, but it actually has a huge impact when you’re looking at colleges.

Let’s tackle some of the most important FAQs surrounding GPA.

What Exactly is a GPA?
In short, your GPA (or grade point average) takes into account all the grades you’ve gotten throughout high school. It’s a quick summary of your academic career. In general, the higher your GPA, the better grades you’ve earned.

Here’s a quick guide to how your grades translate into GPA:

A = 4
B = 3
C = 2
D = 1

That means if you get straight-As, you’ll have a 4.0. Half As and half Bs will give you a 3.5.

Keep in mind that some schools calculate GPA a bit differently, and some also count Advanced Placement or honors classes as a higher number. Ask your counselor if you aren’t sure how your school determines GPA.

Why Does it Matter?
Colleges want students with high GPAs. It’s that simple. The better your GPA is, the more likely you are to get into your top-choice colleges.

A higher GPA also boosts your chances of getting grants or scholarships.

Is My GPA Above Average?
A study from the U.S. Department of Education showed the average high school GPA is 3.03. That’s just above a B average.

Help! My GPA Isn’t Where I Want it to Be.
Slacking off a little the first few years of high school won’t hurt you, right? Wrong! Every bad grade counts toward your GPA, so try your hardest in every class you’re taking.

There are a few ways you can increase your GPA if you’re getting worried. Talk to your teachers if you’re struggling to understand anything – getting help when you need it has a huge impact on your grade (and your GPA!).

Will Any Colleges Accept My Low GPA?
Yes! There’s a school for everyone, even if your GPA doesn’t really reflect what you’re capable of. Some colleges don’t put as much emphasis on GPA, and you can always save money by attending a community college before transferring to a four-year university – these schools typically accept applicants who have struggled to keep up high GPAs.

You can calculate your chances of getting into your dream school, or talk to your counselor about whether or not your college goals are realistic.

Original Post Date: November 23rd, 2015

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How to Choose a Career Path

Categories: Majors & Minors

nurse-563428_1920Being an official “grown up” seems awfully far away – especially when you still have another seven-and-a-half years until college graduation. But you’ll soon learn that time has a way of passing pretty quickly. That’s why it’s important to start thinking about it now.

If you haven’t already, start by taking our Careers and Majors quiz. This quick personality assessment pulls up a list of which college degrees and career paths fit your interests and skills. It’s easy – and best of all, it’s pretty fun.

Once you have your results, run through the list to see what appeals to you. Maybe you have no interest in pharmacy but are fascinated by the software developer option. That’s fine! Ask your parents if they know anyone in any of the fields that interest you. You may have a family friend or relative who’s active in the industry who can answer some questions for you.

If you’re really close with someone who has a job you’d love, see if it’s possible to tag along when they head to work one day. Shadowing a real-life engineer, accountant, or nurse is really helpful when you’re not sure which career path to take. Just remember to choose a day you’re off school so you don’t miss anything important in class!

Here’s a list of questions you can ask when you’re shadowing someone on the job:

  • Can you give me a rundown of everything you do throughout the day?
  • What’s your favorite part of your job? What do you like the least?
  • How did you get into the field?
  • How do you see your industry changing within the next 10 years?
  • What college did you attend? What did you study while there?
  • Is there anything you recommend I do now if I’m really interested in this career path?

Take notes while you’re there, but don’t forget to enjoy yourself too!

Original Post Date: November 23rd, 2015

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