2021-22 Admissions Data and Trends Part 2: Making the Most of Your Application Process

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The background on this past admissions cycle given in our last post suggests at least three things for college applicants: engagement with universities before you apply is now more important than ever; the thoroughness of your college research is also more important than ever; and, while test scores remain optional for most schools, it’s still… Read more »

The AP Government Test: What You Need to know and How to Prep

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Preparing for the AP Government TEST

Prepping for the AP Government Test Are you studying for the Advanced Placement Government Exam?  Reading up on the separation of powers and Federalist 51? Marks Education has compiled four tips to help you get your best score. First, the basics: 1. Know the format of the exam and what to expect AP US Government… Read more »

The 2022 AP Calculus Exams

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Ready for the AP Calculus Exam? There are two Advanced Placement Calculus courses for high school students, AB and BC, and most schools offer both.  This year, both AP Calculus exams are offered on May 9th. The Nuts and Bolts of the AP Calculus Exams Before you begin studying for an AP Calculus exam, let’s… Read more »

A Primer on the HSPT and SSAT for Parents

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What are the HSPT and the SSAT? Are they Different? Many students applying to independent high schools are required to take standardized tests as part of the admissions process.  In the Washington, DC area, many Catholic high schools require the High School Preparation Test (HSPT), while many secular schools require the SSAT or ISEE. (Note:… Read more »

Tips for Peak Performance on Test Day

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Taking a Gap Year

How to maximize your performance when taking the SAT or ACT! As you enter the final stretch of your SAT or ACT preparation, make sure to review what you should be doing the week before, the night before and the day of the final exam.  Don’t let a forgotten admission ticket or a late photo… Read more »

Independent School Testing Requirements 2021-2022

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2021-2022 Independent School Requirements

Applying to an Independent School in Fall 2021? COVID-19 has ushered in many changes to testing requirements for admission to independent high schools in the Washington, DC area.  Many schools have opted to go “test optional,” meaning that students may choose to submit standardized test scores but are not required to do so.  Other schools,… Read more »