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University Rankings: Which One Should You Choose?

University Rankings: Which One Should You Choose?

University Rankings: Which One Should You Choose? While most people refer to US News and World Report when searching for college ranking lists, you might have seen some drastically different college rankings across the internet and wondered: why...

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The Creative UChicago Supplement Prompts

The Creative UChicago Supplement Prompts

As you start to research and write college supplemental essays, you’ll notice most prompts are pretty similar. Why do you want to attend this school? What are your academic goals and how will you pursue them? Describe a moment of failure and what...

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The New Norm for the College Application Process

The New Norm for the College Application Process

UPenn has welcomed a new dean of admissions, who is committed to expanding “existing initiatives” for the Ivy League school’s admissions process. Whitney Soule’s goal is to create additional opportunities for students to strengthen their...

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Yale Hits Record Numbers for Incoming Class of ‘25

Yale Hits Record Numbers for Incoming Class of ‘25

According to Yale Daily News, the Ivy League university is reported to have a record size student body for the 2021-2022 school year. The largest incoming class since World War II, the class of 2025 houses a population of 1,789 students. This...

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Applying to U.S. Colleges as a Singaporean Student

Applying to U.S. Colleges as a Singaporean Student

Are you a Singaporean student looking to attend a top college or university in the United States? If so, we have you covered! This blog post will serve as an in-depth look into everything you’ll need to know about the U.S. college application...

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How to Research Colleges

How to Research Colleges

Whether you’re a second semester junior or a sophomore who wants to get a head start on the college application process, it’s a great time to start thinking about where you’ll spend the four years of life that follow high school. With over 5,000...

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Sourcing Volunteer Opportunities

Sourcing Volunteer Opportunities

If you’re a high school student with the drive to make a difference in the world, volunteering is a tremendous way to apply your passions and serve others. Beyond that, it’s an essential component of any resume or college application (the Common...

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Why Command Education

Why Command Education

One of the most difficult aspects of hiring a college consultant can be knowing which one to choose. Given the plethora of options, determining which company will best support your child’s needs and be the right “fit” can be a particularly...

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China International Resource Hub

China International Resource Hub

Are you a student living in China looking to apply to colleges and universities in the U.S.? Over 350,000 students come to the U.S. every year from China to study at American universities, so you might have heard of this compelling option! However,...

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How to Manage Test Anxiety

How to Manage Test Anxiety

What is test anxiety? All students have worried about doing well on a test at some point in their academic careers. In fact, it’s perfectly normal — and sometimes even helpful — to feel nervous about an upcoming exam. Studies have shown that...

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UK International Resource Hub

UK International Resource Hub

So you want to study in the U.S.? Well, you’ve come to the right place! Whether it’s Harvard, Stanford, or UCLA, U.S.-based colleges and universities offer qualified British applicants vibrant opportunities to expand their worldviews within some of...

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Saudi Arabia Resource Hub

Saudi Arabia Resource Hub

Saudi students who are looking to apply to colleges and universities in the United States may quickly realize that the education system at home may look different from the one American students are used to in the United States. If you or your...

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How Do I Pick Between Colleges?

How Do I Pick Between Colleges?

Congratulations! If you’re reading this blog, it’s likely because your hard work has paid off, and you’ve been accepted to more than one of the schools you applied to! We know that choosing between the schools to which you’ve been accepted can feel...

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How to Make the Most of a Virtual College Tour

How to Make the Most of a Virtual College Tour

COVID-19 has caused a seismic shift in nearly every aspect of our lives, the least of which not being the college admissions process. With in-person tours largely excised from spring and summer college programming schedules, the virtual landscape...

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How to Prepare for the SAT (ACT too)

How to Prepare for the SAT (ACT too)

No matter where you are in your high school career, you likely have questions about how to prepare for the SAT or the ACT. When exactly should you start test prep? What does effective test prep entail? At Command Education, we believe test prep...

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Why Extracurriculars Matter

Why Extracurriculars Matter

High school is an incredibly busy time for any student, but particularly so for students who fill their course schedule with the most rigorous classes available. With an already packed schedule, many students question whether spending their limited...

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The Best Things to Do In the Summer as a High Schooler

The Best Things to Do In the Summer as a High Schooler

  For many high school students in the U.S., the summer months offer an opportunity to recharge after a long school year. Some popular summer activities include traveling, hitting the pool or beach, and binge-watching Netflix shows. While...

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Ivy League Athletic Recruiting Resource Hub

Ivy League Athletic Recruiting Resource Hub

Ivy League Athletic Recruiting Resource Hub If you’re looking for information on how to be recruited by an Ivy League athletics program or that of another elite academic institution, you’ve come to the right place. At Command Education, we...

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Should I take a gap year?

Should I take a gap year?

‎ For most American teenagers, attending college in some form is considered an inevitable step after high school. Sometimes it can feel like you’re on a train chugging ceaselessly toward four years of...

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Best Practices for Virtual College Interviews

Best Practices for Virtual College Interviews

Best Practices for Virtual College Interviews So you’re done with college apps! Congratulations! Next on the agenda is nailing the college interview. Interviews are conducted by alumni and are a great...

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College Planning Worksheet

College Planning Worksheet

Dear students and parents, Congratulations on beginning the exciting college application process! This is a very important and exciting step in a student’s educational journey, and we’ve created this worksheet to help you through the first step:...

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Five New Study Habits for Remote Learning this Spring

Five New Study Habits for Remote Learning this Spring

As you start the second half of a year of remote or hybrid learning, you may be wondering how to better adapt to changes in your education that have made studying increasingly challenging. Whether you’ve found yourself in an academic slump or are...

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How to Set Goals in High School in 2021

How to Set Goals in High School in 2021

Now that we’ve all left 2020 behind us, let’s take a moment to pause, reflect, and set goals for the future, whether they be to build on projects that you started in the past or starting afresh with a blank slate. Having tangible goals is a...

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Merit Based Summer Opportunities

Merit Based Summer Opportunities

Though it might feel much too early to start thinking about summer, winter is a perfect time to start searching for an applying to summer programs, internships and jobs. Having three months off of school affords the perfect opportunity for students...

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Should I Consider Transferring to a New School?

Should I Consider Transferring to a New School?

So you’ve given your current school a chance, yet something still doesn’t feel right. Whether it’s the lack of a specific major you desire or the woefully unsupportive faculty, you have an unshakeable inkling that the school on your sweatshirt...

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Things to Consider before Submitting Final Applications

Things to Consider before Submitting Final Applications

Regular decision deadlines are fast approaching as we enter December. College admissions are as competitive as they’ve ever been, so it’s crucial for students to make sure they’re submitting the best applications possible. Unfortunately,...

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SAT and ACT FAQ

SAT and ACT FAQ

How do I register for the SAT? To register for the SAT, you first need to create a CollegeBoard account for yourself, as neither your parents nor your guidance counselor can register for you. Once you’ve created an account and signed in, you’ll...

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How Can I Get Extra Help With Schoolwork?

How Can I Get Extra Help With Schoolwork?

It’s increasingly common for high school students to need extra academic support, especially given the difficulties that accompany remote learning. It may be that school work is more difficult or time-consuming than expected, the pace of a class is...

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How to boost your IQ without sacrificing your EQ

How to boost your IQ without sacrificing your EQ

The stereotypical “genius” you might see in a TV show or movie isn’t always someone you’d want as a dinner guest. They’re usually pretty antisocial, awkward, and condescending. The media makes it seem like if you want a high IQ, you have to...

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The difference between the SSAT, PSAT and SAT

The difference between the SSAT, PSAT and SAT

Starting in elementary school, students are faced with a deluge of seemingly never-ending standardized tests, from state exams to national tests like the SSAT, PSAT, and SAT. How are these tests similar and different? Does studying for one help...

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When and How Many Times Should I Take the SAT/ACT?

When and How Many Times Should I Take the SAT/ACT?

The typical standardized testing advice given to high school students is to take the SAT or ACT twice — either twice junior year or once junior year and once early senior year. But when and how many times should you really take these exams? Since...

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UK vs US schools

UK vs US schools

According to Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings, the top 10 universities are all in the U.S. (Caltech, Stanford, MIT, Princeton, Harvard, Yale, and UChicago) or the U.K. (Oxford, Cambridge, and Imperial College London). All of these...

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Is Early Decision Right For Me?

Is Early Decision Right For Me?

Applying to colleges under their Early Decision program (ED) can be both alluring and scary for prospective applicants. On one hand, it offers an increased chance of admission and the peace of mind that comes with completing your entire college...

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Four ACT Science Strategies

Four ACT Science Strategies

The ACT Science section often feels like a race against the clock — you only have 35 minutes to read 6-7 passages and answer 40 questions. How can you possibly answer all 40 questions, especially if science isn’t your strong suit? The good news is...

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5 Questions to Ask Admissions Officers

5 Questions to Ask Admissions Officers

“Why Yale”? “Why Georgetown”? “Why UCLA”? Most colleges ask applicants this question on their applications, and the reality is that most will expect you to come up with a bold statement about why their college is a good fit for you — often in just...

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Common App 101: Letters of Recommendation

Common App 101: Letters of Recommendation

Scoring high test scores, writing a compelling personal statement, and maintaining a high GPA are all challenging tasks, but at least you have the comfort of having control over these critical components of your college application. A letter of...

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