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Real 2016 PSAT Percentiles Reveal Inflation of Last Year’s Results

Real 2016 PSAT Percentiles Reveal Inflation of Last Year’s Results

esigned test, we reported on unusually high student percentiles and raised questions about the validity of the top percentile of test takers. When a public school boasted 42 percent of its juniors in the top 1 percent, we dove into the data looking for answers. As we...

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THE GREAT UNRAVELING

THE GREAT UNRAVELING

There’s an Antidote to America’s Long Economic Malaise: College Towns   OPELIKA, Ala.—Lee County, Ala., lost 7,000 jobs in industries from textiles to tires to fitness equipment when Chinese competition invaded America. Vacant storefronts dotted downtown Opelika,...

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Agony as Tulane Applicants Learn Acceptance Emails Are in Error

Agony as Tulane Applicants Learn Acceptance Emails Are in Error

Alyssa was in her high school health class around midday Wednesday when she got the email welcoming her to Tulane University and giving her a college email address. In a grueling college admissions season, it was her first-choice university, and she had applied early...

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Hey Students, Applying For College Aid Is Easier! (But Still Hard)

Hey Students, Applying For College Aid Is Easier! (But Still Hard)

Mayra Linares/NPR Margaret Feldman, director of college advising with the Scholarship Fund of Alexandria in Virginia, is based at T.C. Williams High School and helps students complete the FAFSA.   When the Obama administration announced last year that it...

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A former Harvard admissions interviewer shares the 5 questions  she asked almost every applicant

A former Harvard admissions interviewer shares the 5 questions she asked almost every applicant

While this Harvard interviewer would mix up her questions, there were a few she frequently liked to ask. Of the more than 39,000 people who applied to be part of Harvard College's class of 2020, a little more than 2,100 were admitted. That's about a 5% acceptance...

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