• Complete Calendar of 2017 SAT Test Administration Dates

    The SAT is typically offered on the first Saturday of the month for the November, December, May, and June administrations. The remaining administration dates vary somewhat but generally include a date in the second-half of January, a date that alternates annually between March and April, and a date in early October. The newly-added August test administration date falls at the end of the month.

    For a complete calendar of the U.S. SAT test dates released for 2017 so far, keep reading!

  • Extracurriculars for the Prospective BS/MD Student

    In order to get accepted to a combined BS/MD program, not only do you need to be among the top students in your class with a near-perfect GPA and test scores to match, but also you need to be the pinnacle of extracurricular success.

    Think of it this way—nearly everyone applying will have close to the same top-notch test scores and grades. Extracurriculars are one of just a few remaining factors that can set you apart from the rest of the applicant pool.

    So what should you do to ensure that you’re putting your best foot forward? Read on to learn about the extracurricular activities we recommend you pursue if your goal is to gain acceptance to a BS/MD program.

  • What Information Will I Need to Complete the FAFSA?

    The majority of students need help paying for their college education. In fact, according to the College Board, in 2015 about two-thirds of full-time college students paid for college with the help of financial aid in the form of grants, loans, and scholarships.

    Each of these students receiving aid at some point most likely applied for and received this aid based on their financial needs. But how are these needs determined and what factors are considered? The answer can be found, at least in part, in the FAFSA.

    To get started on your FAFSA for the first time, you’ll need to head over to FAFSA.gov and click on the “Start a New FAFSA” link. But before you do so, it’s important to make sure that you have all of the necessary information that you’ll need to fill it out.

  • 10 Considerations For Making Your College List

    There’s no right or wrong when it comes to deciding where you want to apply to college. With more than 7,000 post-secondary institutions to choose from in the United States, there are varieties to suit almost any combination of interests, goals, and priorities.

    But come junior year, it’s time to start narrowing down those 7,000 options to something closer to a dozen. Where to begin?

    The answer isn’t crystal clear and it will have to do with your exact priorities. You need to critically think about what’s most important to you in a college as you begin to make your college list.

  • Five Resources To Simplify Your College Planning Process

    If you are considering applying to college, whether you’re a freshman just entering your high school years or a senior staring down an uncertain summer post-graduation, the process may seem daunting. But you don’t have to do it alone.

    Don’t worry, we here at CollegeVine have compiled a list of our five favorite resources to help you organize, plan, and approach the college application process. Keep reading to learn the five college planning resources we recommend most!

  • The Ultimate Guide to Academic Decathalon

    There is no question that extracurricular activities are important to any high schooler’s experience. Students often join clubs or teams that mesh with their outside activities like athletics or the arts. But what about students whose many extracurricular interests are still considered academic?

    If you want an intellectually challenging extracurricular experience, Academic Decathalon might be right for you! AcaDec is a competition that allows high school students to compete against one another and improve their knowledge in many different subject areas, from music to economics to public speaking. AcaDec has a lot to offer its participants,, and it’s a great opportunity to meet other like-minded students who are passionate about acquiring new knowledge and building upon their academic skills! If you think Academic Decathalon might be right for you, read on.

  • The Ultimate Guide to Objections in Mock Trial

    Few things are as intimidating to a new mock trial attorney as the concept of making objections during trial. An objection is a statement made by an attorney during a case for the purpose of questioning or challenging any specific evidence. Often, the end goal of the objection is to have evidence limited or altogether ruled inadmissible by the judge. Read on to learn more about how to master objections in mock trial.

  • The Ultimate Guide to Applying to Northwestern’s HPME Program

    BS/MD programs are cohesive programs that award both a Bachelor of Science degree and a medical degree successively. If you are accepted and enroll in one of these programs, you will be guaranteed admission to the medical school associated with the program, so you won’t have to go through the process of applying or, in most cases, taking the MCAT, as long as you meet the program requirements. Some of these programs last seven years, while others last eight. Admission to BS/MD programs is generally extremely competitive, and the programs are usually quite small. To learn more about these programs, read A Complete Introduction to BS/MD Programs.

  • Acing the AP World History Document Based Question

    The Advanced Placement World History exam is one of the most popular exams that the College Board offers as part of the AP program. It covers significant events, people, development, and processes over the course of six historical periods and aims to develop your ability to analyze and assess historical evidence, data, and significant issues, as well as help you understand historical sources, images graphs, and maps. The format of the exam and grading rubric is the same as those used for the AP US History and AP European History.

    The test was redesigned in 2016, and while the course content remains the same, older practice tests and materials no longer apply to the current version of the test. For more information on the course and exam, check out CollegeVine’s Ultimate Guide to the World History AP Exam and the College Board’s AP World History Course and Exam Description.

    In this post, we look look at one of the most important components of the World History exam: the Document Based question. Because your response to this question is worth 25 percent of your total score, you should prepare for it as thoroughly as possible. Read on for advice on how to study for and master this section.

  • U.S. College Scholarships for International Students

    For international students securing funding for a college education in the U.S. often means finding scholarships that allow international applicants, or even target international students specifically.

    At many schools, admissions for international students is need-aware, meaning most admitted international students won’t be offered need-based aid. In many cases need-based aid isn’t even available to international students. For this reason, if you aren’t able to pay for your college education out-of-pocket, funding your education through outside means is especially important.

    If you’re an international student interested in applying for scholarships to study in the United States, check out our list of the top 10 scholarships for international students.