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  • What are AP Tests and should I take them?

    What are AP Tests and should I take them?

    Here at Ivy Central, we get many questions about AP Tests, are they needed or useful in the US college application process? How many should you do? Are some subjects more valuable than others? This article will help you answer these and other questions you may have about AP Tests. Read more

  • Understanding College Rankings

    Understanding College Rankings

    September is college rankings season. Across the world, websites and newspapers publish stories about the rankings of colleges and universities; some focus on specific countries like the US and UK, while others claim to tell you which are the ‘best’ in the world.While there are many other factors that students should use when making final… Read more

  • Planning for College: What to do Over the Long Summer Break?

    Planning for College: What to do Over the Long Summer Break?

    If you are finishing grades 9 and 10, then the summer is the time for you to delve into your interests and explore new ones. Good grades will only get you so far in the college application process, colleges will also want to know about activities you have been a part of, and the long… Read more

  • And the Graduation Rate is…..

    And the Graduation Rate is…..

    Degree courses in the US are based around a four-year program of study, but across all institutions offering degrees, the average time it takes students to graduate is over five years. The reasons for this are numerous. It might be that a student changes their major, or there are personal circumstances that result in them… Read more

  • Exploring Journey to US College | Key Considerations for Students

    Exploring Journey to US College | Key Considerations for Students

    It can be very easy to be seduced by the idea of going to college, particularly one of the great colleges and universities worldwide. The good news is that the dream is increasingly becoming a reality for those that aspire to this goal but achieving it is not always straightforward and can sometimes come as… Read more

  • A College Application Checklist for Grade 11 Students

    A College Application Checklist for Grade 11 Students

    While it is a busy time for Grade 12 students as they apply for their regular decision schools (if applying to US unis), Grade 11 students are gearing up for their winter break. As you know, your next year would be crucial in getting you placed in a college of your choice. Read more

  • Public versus Private Universities?

    Public versus Private Universities?

    The simple difference between Public and Private Universities is that Public universities are paid for by the state’s taxpayers and private universities run on endowments from alumni etc. This changes the way resources are allocated, and mainly the way students get admitted. For all public universities, the Common Data Set would say that the criteria… Read more

  • Why Work with an Independent College Counselor?

    Why Work with an Independent College Counselor?

    As a person who earns a living as an independent college counsellor, you will not be surprised to know that I believe working with somebody like me can be a solid investment in your family’s future, in this blog, I will set out why. I don’t intend for this to be an extended advert for… Read more

  • SUPPLEMENTAL ESSAYS: THE COMMUNITY ESSAY

    SUPPLEMENTAL ESSAYS: THE COMMUNITY ESSAY

    The community essay prompt is one of my favorites. As mentioned in many of my blogs, US colleges and universities are looking at crafting a community and that’s exactly why colleges ask this question. They want to know how you see yourself as part of a community – any community. You do not necessarily have… Read more

  • What Will the 2021 Academic Year Bring for Students?

    What Will the 2021 Academic Year Bring for Students?

    Twelve months ago, as the pandemic took hold around the world, students were graduating from high school into an uncertain situation. For many, the pandemic changed the world from what they had expected and for those preparing to start their university years, rather than leaving home and starting a new life abroad it has meant… Read more