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Antonia Chui

Things to do on UCAS after you get your final results

Many public examinations like the IB and A-Levels have been cancelled in the midst of COVID-19; fortunately, universities have decided to uphold the conditional offers given to prospective students who have already received admissions decisions. After news came out that schools will work to provide final public exam scores to students by assessing their course-work, students are now working hard to meet their offers by catching up and making sure their final scores reflect their abilities.  So what are the

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Moon phases
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Ally Ip

Evolution of the US College Application Landscape in Relation to Chinese Students

In the early ’90s, before Microsoft launched Windows 95, I worked inside the MIT admissions office as a student worker to support myself. I remember transporting heavy boxes of student folders and hearing the sound of different textures of paper sliding against each other and the occasional rattle of metal. Oftentimes, I would be curious and peer into those heavy boxes. You may be surprised to hear that it was not just stacks of printed out student applications. College applications

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Test optional Universities
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Dmitrii

Test Optional universities: What you need to know

With the recent turmoil in college admissions due to the COVID-19 crisis, many universities have updated their Standardized Testing policies on a temporary basis, joining a steadily increasing list of universities with Test Optional and Test Flexible admissions standards. What this means is that they allow students to not submit the SAT or ACT test scores, and still be considered for admission. While this may sound like it relieves one burden from students, in our experience as U.S. college admissions

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Hong Kong buildings
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Antonia Chui

Are internships actually useful for UK admissions?

In the years since I became an admissions consultant, one of the most common questions I get asked is whether or not internships are genuinely important for university admissions. After all, the students doing these internships are often only sixteen and seventeen years old.  The quick answer: it depends, especially on whether you intend to pursue an academic or professional programme. 1.  Why internships do not matter for academic majors Whether an internship is useful and whether they are necessary

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social distancing
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Dmitrii

In the time of social distancing, what can you do to impress colleges?

Extra-curricular activities (ECAs) are a big part of every student’s college application; with universities, both in the US and the UK, taking ever more holistic approaches towards assessing applicants, we often get asked, “What is a good activity to do?” The answer is never simple, but I always emphasize two keywords: Initiative and Commitment. Initiative: By far the most important keyword in a strong activity, universities want to see students who are the driving force in their own interests. Initiative

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Dmitrii

How has COVID-19 changed college admissions?

The global COVID-19 pandemic has without a doubt left an impact on every aspect of our lives, be it the economy and the most important thing – the next generation’s futures. As admissions consultants at Quantum Prep, we have attended IECA’s webinars to keep up to date with US college admission trends. The following is a summary of what we have learned in the past month. Our findings have shocked us, even after our combined decades of admissions consulting experience.

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