The Erosion of Meritocracy

Introduction As the Founder & CEO of Prep Expert, an organization dedicated to helping students excel in standardized tests and gain admissions to top universities, I have witnessed firsthand the power of merit-based evaluation in transforming lives. However, recent trends in American higher education, including the removal of standardized tests and the implementation of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) policies, threaten to undermine the very foundation of meritocracy. This shift…

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Pre-Med Class Recommendations

Getting into medical school is no easy task. It takes a lot of hard work and careful preparation to gain the knowledge and skills you need to build a strong application and succeed on the MCAT. But, you can accelerate your journey and establish a strong foundation for medical school by making sure you take the right courses during undergraduate. Every year thousands of college students label themselves “pre-med” and…

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Top Extracurriculars for College

When college admission officers evaluate applicants, they look for students who are the total package. Sure, they want to admit students with high cumulative GPAs and great standardized test scores, but they also pay close attention to recommendation letters, volunteer experiences, and extracurricular activities. Unfortunately, students often hurt their chances of admission because they don’t pay enough attention to their participation in extracurricular activities.  While almost every student knows that…

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Four Incredible College Recommendation Letter Samples To Help Your Child Get Into College & Win Scholarships

4 Incredible College Recommendation Letter Samples To Help Your Child Get Into College & Win Scholarships Did you know that you can’t rely on your GPA and test scores alone to secure your place at a great school? While these are important aspects of your application, they don’t tell your whole story as a student.  According to data collected by the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), 40% of…

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Meritocracy: Why Top Colleges Have Reinstated SAT & ACT Requirements

In addition, no two AP classes are alike. For example, AP Biology is typically a difficult course at most high schools. However, when I was in high school, I had an AP Biology teacher that handed out A’s like candy. It was one of the easiest classes to get an A in. Is this fair to students who had an AP Biology course that is actually rigorous? Top colleges such…

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Harvard Brings Back Standardized Testing Requirements

Harvard College has just joined the ranks of Ivy League schools that have recently made the decision to reinstate standardized testing requirements as part of the admissions process. The announcement came on the heels of similar decisions from Dartmouth, Yale, and Brown. So far, each institution has provided a similar rationale for the choice: opening their doors to students from more diverse backgrounds. So, what do these changes mean for…

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Navigating the College Admissions Process: A Comprehensive Guide for Parents

Attention parents of future college students! Prep Expert has put together your complete college admissions process guide, carefully designed to help you understand and navigate every step of your student’s journey to college acceptance. Join us as we explain how to create a strategic application timeline and offer resources to support both you and your college-bound child. Discuss Your Child’s Goals The first step in any parent’s college admissions plan…

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Colleges With No Application Fee in 2024 – A Full List

The financial strain of applying to college can be overwhelming for prospective students. From the cost of standardized testing to travel expenses when visiting campuses, there are many small expenses that pile up during the admissions process. In this guide, we will focus on college application fees, providing information about what they are and how to apply wisely as well as a complete list of colleges with no application fee…

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The Best College Essay Topics

College essays present students with a special opportunity to show the admissions board at their dream school who they are outside of their test scores and academic achievements. For many students, such an important opportunity can feel like a lot of pressure, leaving them fretting over what to cover in their 650 word allotment. Read on to discover the features that make a college essay stand out, which subjects to…

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A Guide to ACT Superscoring

If you have recently taken the ACT or are currently preparing to do so, you have probably heard your peers, teachers, or guidance counselor mention superscoring. However, you may not know exactly what superscoring is or how it can affect your college admissions process. In this guide, we will unravel the mysteries surrounding ACT superscores and explain the benefits of a superscore, how to calculate it, and when to submit…

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