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Posted on May 14, 2013 - 06:00 AM | College Prep | Comments (0)

Quick – ask a parent to pick their favorite child.
It’s not easy. They’ll say that’s impossible, when the truth is, they usually have a favorite, for whatever reason.
The same is true – in a much less dramatic fashion – of college prep. It may not be easy to pick a favorite tool that advances your goal of a higher education, but you will likely have one.
Choosing Among College Prep Tools
  • SAT or ACT prep. This is often the thing students think of first when they think college prep. RSC’s tools include practice questions, timed practice tests, vocabulary builders, and a curriculum built to your level. Students use these tools to improve their SAT or ACT scores, but it doesn’t tell you at what colleges those scores are a good fit, or where they could get you additional financial aid, help you test out of remedial classes, etc. For that, you need…
  • College research. There are more than 4,000 colleges in this country and you need access to all of the ones on your list. Conduct individual studies and side-by-side comparisons using our college research tools, including information on average freshman SAT/ACT scores and grade point average, campus type, tuition, majors, campus size, and much more. Of course, that’s only a start. It doesn’t tell if the campus is right for you. For that, you need…
  • Personality tests. These are typically the most fun college prep tools, yet not everyone offers them. Even the vast majority of high schools don’t offer them. They help you determine what careers are best suited for your skills, what careers and majors interest you, what your strengths and weaknesses are, etc. Combined with your college research, you’ll know which campus is right for you. Of course, knowing which college is right for you, doesn’t mean you’ll know if you can afford it. For that, you’ll need…
  • College cost estimates. Accurate estimates (not typically found on college websites) can be a godsend when it comes to knowing what you’re going to pay. Make sure your college cost estimates include your expected family contribution and breakdowns of the types of financial aid you’ll receive. Of course, knowing how much a school will cost you won’t help you get in. For that, you need a…
  • Four-Year High-School Course Planner. This planner helps you map out all the courses you’ll need in high school, including Advanced Placement or Honors classes, as well as core and elective classes that align with your expected major. Your high-school schedule is the second thing college admissions officers look at. You have to make sure yours meets their standards.

Additional College Prep Tools
As you can see, college prep tools are designed to work together, but there are many others to consider, including career research, time-management, application building and admissions essay help, and financial aid planning and forms assistance.
Picking one college prep tool is almost impossible. If you have to pick just one, pick the one that helps you most; the one that meets your most pressing need.
Fortunately, with the RSC plan, you get them all rolled into one low-cost bundle so you don’t have to choose. You can – and should – use all the ones that help you get into the college of your dreams.
For a complete list of everything our college prep program offers, view our Comparison Chart. It’s worth a good, hard look.


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