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Conquer the Common Application

Do you have questions about completing the Common Application? Join the new Facebook group to get started!

General College Planning

Lists

Research Tools

Applications


Paying For College

Websites

Books

  • If I Knew Then, What I Know Now! College and Financial Aid Planning From A Parent’s Perspective, Cynthia Hammond-Davis
  • Don’t Miss Out,  Anna Leider and Robert Leider
  • Meeting College Costs, College Board
  • Paying For College Without Going Broke, Kalman Chaney and Bill Clinton
  • Secrets to Winning a Scholarship, Mark Kantrowitz
  • The A’s and B’s of Academic Scholarships, Anna Leider and Robert Leider
  • The College Solution, Lynn O’Shaughnessy
  • The Ultimate Scholarship Book 2013: Billions of Dollars in Scholarships, Grants and Prizes, Gen Tanabe and Kelly Tanabe


Standardized Testing

The SAT and SAT Subject Tests are a suite of tools designed to assess your academic readiness for college.

  • All SAT dates, deadlines and registration information for test takers in the U.S. can be found here and for International test takers here.
  • Some students opt to take SAT IIs or SAT Subject tests. Subject Tests are hour-long, content-based tests that allow you to showcase achievement in specific subject areas where you excel. You can read more about and register for Subject Tests here.

The ACT is a national college admissions examination that consists of subject area tests in English, Math, Reading, and Science. The ACT with Writing also includes a Writing section. You can read more about the ACT here.

  • All ACT dates, deadlines and registration information for test takers in the U.S. can be found here and for International test takers here.

Looking for Test Prep options locally or online? Email us for suggestions based on our work with a number of reputable test prep providers. Our favorite is Hammer Prep in San Diego.

Online Prep Resources

Remember, not all colleges and universities require standardized tests. To read more about the test-optional movement and test optional schools, head over to FairTest.