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Author: Elise Gout

Elise Gout

SAT Essay Theme: Groups and Society

One of the most common first impressions to get when looking at a “Groups and Society” prompt is, “Oh boy, this could get controversial.” And you aren’t wrong. Essays of this genre definitely ask some of the tougher questions, particularly relevant and applicable to the issues of today. Now that may seem like daunting stuff…

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Elise Gout

Understanding the SAT and ACT Superscore

Amidst all of the confusion that comes along with application season, the last thing you want is to miss an opportunity to represent your best self. And for many colleges, looking at superscores is their way of allowing just that.

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Elise Gout

Five Things I Wish I’d Realized About the ACT

It’s simply the circle of (high school) life……that as summer slips away testing dates roll back around. Seniors are about to take their final stands with bubble-in answer sheets while juniors hunker down for the often-arduous journey ahead. There are a whole lot of things I wish I would have known prior to my own standardized testing endeavors, particularly about the ACT. But for the sake of keeping this blog post reasonable, I’ll stick with my top five.

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Elise Gout

FAQs About SAT Subject Tests

SAT subject tests are multiple-choice tests administered by the College Board that focus around specific academic subjects. As of now, there are 20 different tests spanning across the general areas of history, math, English, science, and foreign languages. Scored out of 800, these tests are often required by colleges to serve as supplemental material to your primary standardized testing result.

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Elise Gout

Admissions Advisors May Search Your Social Media

Yup, you read that right. We technology-savvy millenials have all heard (over the sound of our own tweeting) the warning, “Be careful what you post.” And it turns out, when it comes to college application season, those five words ought to be engraved onto our iPhones.

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Elise Gout

Twenty Things I Wish I’d Known Before Senior Year

This past week I was grabbing a smoothie with several soon-to-be seniors (boy, do I love unintentional alliteration). Naturally, the topic of school came into conversation and, upon hearing their array of concerns, I was inspired to come up with this. So voila! Here is an exceptionally lengthy and most certainly over-kill list of what I wish I’d known (in no particular order) before starting twelfth grade.

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Elise Gout

Make Your College Move Easier

When it comes to collecting dorm decor – I basically become a five-year-old boy given a box of Legos and told to construct his dream mansion. Will my single be that perfect crossover of “yoga loving, beach hippie meets bearded, urban hipster”? Yes. And will I go overboard in buying things to make that happen? Most definitely.

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Elise Gout

Useful Starting Tips When Packing for College

We’re about one month away from the first wave of “goodbyes.” And chances are, if you or one of your friends is headed to a college with a semester system, you’re beginning to find the packing process just a tiny bit daunting. It’s difficult to still enjoy a healthy immersion into your summer when attempting to figure out what you’ll need for dorm life. Hopefully this list of tips can give you a decent starting point.

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Elise Gout

Dealing with Parents During College Apps

Chances are, if you’re approaching senior year, you’ve had a few college-oriented conversations with your parents that feel somewhat like the following:
And if you’re sitting there thinking, “Nope, I can’t relate to that” … just wait. There is something about the application season that can turn even the most easy-going of parents into half-crazed life-gurus.

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Elise Gout

To Do List for Soon-to-be-Seniors

I hate to be “that person,” but for the betterment of your senior year, I will suffer the reputation. I’m not about to tell you that summer shouldn’t be fun, relaxing, indulgent: because it should be. What it should also be, however, is the perfect opportunity to prepare yourself for the oncoming chaos.

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