Want to Boost Your SAT or ACT Score?

Summer is in full swing. What does that mean, besides spending lots of time in the sun? It means it’s time to sign up for ACT or SAT retakes.

Maybe you got a great score the first time around. Maybe you could have done a little better. Or maybe you completely bombed it. No matter how you think you did, it’s worth taking the test one more time.

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It’s simple. Data from both SAT and ACT show more than half of students who take the tests a second time earn higher scores.

Even if you got a great result the first time around, it doesn’t hurt to see if you can boost it a little higher. The better your score, the greater your chances of getting into your reach schools. Schools that seemed unattainable may no longer be such a stretch if you can really improve your scores.

More importantly, higher scores could mean more scholarships. Taking the test one more time is an easy way to earn more financial aid.

Start prepping today with our list of study tips. And don’t forget to tell any friends who weren’t too happy with their first scores either!

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Original Post Date: July 21st, 2015

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Here’s Why You Need to Visit a College This Summer

How’s your summer going?

Ideally you should be busy volunteering, reading, and having plenty of fun with friends over break. But we hope you have time for a few quick college visits before you head back to school.college campus

You may be just heading into your junior year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get a head start on visiting campuses. Wander around the quad, take a look at some of the buildings, and see if you can meet with an admissions counselor. Take some friends along to make it even more fun.

If you have an older sibling, relative, or friend who’s enrolled at a school you’re interested in, ask them to show you around for an insider’s perspective.

Some colleges will let you stay overnight in the dorms, so grab a friend, some snacks, and enjoy the time away from Mom and Dad. You’ll get a taste of college life and see if dorming is for you or not.

Don’t forget to post your visit on Instagram and tag it with #cappexcollegevisit by August 9 so we can see where you’ve been!

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Original Post Date: July 21st, 2015

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When Should I Start My College Visits?

Summer is in full swing and we’re sure the last thing on your mind is school. But that doesn’t mean thinking about academics and the future can’t be a fun part of your break.

Have you made plans to go on a college visit this summer?amherst

Sure, you’re only a soon-to-be sophomore who won’t be applying to colleges for another two years. But a college visit with friends can be a fun day trip – head to your local community college or university, wander around, and see what you think. Summer’s a great time to explore with your friends – the weather’s nice, campus isn’t too crowded, and you don’t need to worry about being back in time for class.

This is a great opportunity for you to start getting a feel for what like (or don’t like), which will make your college search much easier later on.

Imagine if you visited just one school a summer before senior year. Half of your college search would already be done!

Get ahead of the game. And if you can’t decide which college to visit first, add some new ones to your list.

Instagram your photos from the day and tag them with #cappexcollegevisit by August 9 so we can see what you’re up to!

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Original Post Date: July 21st, 2015

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