Your Junior Year: Why is it so Important?

Junior year is a huge year for college prep – but you knew that already, right? Just in case your parents, teachers, and counselor forgot to mention it, we’re here to remind you. Here’s why it’s so important to do well this year.

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It’s the Final Year Admissions Counselors See
Those high school transcripts you send off to your dream schools next year won’t have your senior grades or achievements on them – they stop at junior year. This is your last chance to make a good first impression on the person who decides your fate, so make it count.

You Can Finally Benefit From AP Classes
Most high schools only open Advanced Placement classes to juniors and seniors. So what’s the point in taking a harder class than your friends are taking? First of all, it looks better on your transcripts and helps impress those admissions counselors. But it also helps you save big bucks down the line – instead of paying several thousand dollars for a college class in a few years, you’ll pay a small fee to take the AP test at the end of this year. That means tons of savings, less student loan debt, and one fewer college class to worry about once you step on campus – it’s a win-win-win.

You Have Access to More Scholarships
Hopefully you’ve been applying for scholarships since freshman year. But since not all scholarships are open to underclassmen, you may have been missing out on free college money. Now that you’re a junior, there are dozens of extra scholarships you’re eligible for. Check out your profile to see which ones you’re a match for and start those applications ASAP.

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Original Post Date: August 26th, 2015

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Your Senior Year: Do I Need to Retake the SAT or ACT?

Chances are, you took the ACT or SAT at the end of last year and are relieved to be done with it. But don’t put down that No. 2 pencil just yet!

standardized testMost of us won’t magically get perfect scores on the third (or fourth, or fifth) try. But people who test again generally do a little better the second time around. ACT data shows almost 60 percent of students improved their score after retaking it, and more than 55 percent of students who took the SAT as juniors improved their scores by signing up again later.

So, should you retake the test? Here’s what you should think about:

Are You A Nervous Tester?
Test nerves strike everyone at some point. If those butterflies in your stomach got the best of you the first time around, try taking the test again. You have experience now, meaning you may be more comfortable and at ease than you were last year.

Did Life Throw You A Curveball?
Were you sick on test day? Had a family member passed away the day before? Did you get into a fight with your BFF that morning? Unfortunately, it’s all too common to have something distracting pop up just as test day arrives. These things make it hard to focus and can hurt your score.

Work your memory to see if anything kept you from testing well that day. Did a jittery tummy keep you from eating breakfast, but you were starving during the test? Maybe you had trouble with comprehension because you were too nervous to sleep the night before. Try testing again – just make sure you don’t get into the same situation next time!

Did You Study? No, Really.
Do you feel like the only one who didn’t do any ACT or SAT prep? Feeling ready can do wonders for your score. Sign up for another test and make sure you get a practice book or review any concepts you struggled with last time. Remember, cramming doesn’t work, so start studying early on. Our top study tips can help!

Do You Want Merit Scholarships?
Higher scores = more scholarship opportunities. Need money for school? Study hard and retake the test.

What Score Do You Need?
What’s your dream school? Compare your test score to their average incoming freshman’s result (you can use our college acceptance calculator to do that!). If these numbers don’t match up, it’s time to sign up for a retake. And just in case you don’t push that score as high as you’d like it, add a few more schools to your list. You can always reach for your favorite colleges, but it doesn’t hurt to have a few safeties in mind, too.

Good luck!

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Original Post Date: August 26th, 2015

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Are You Ready for #FreeCapFriday?

If there’s one thing we’ve noticed over the years, it’s that Cappex students love free caps! That’s why we just launched #FreeCapFriday on Instagram. All our followers will have the chance to win a cap every Friday.

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Each Friday we’ll put up a post asking you to comment, tag a friend, or take some other action within the next few hours. Once the time’s up, we’ll choose one of our followers who participated as the winner – it’s super simple!

Follow us on Instagram today to get ready for the next #FreeCapFriday. You might be our next winner!

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Original Post Date: August 25th, 2015

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