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Local Colleges

Choosing a College

  • College Navigator
    Find the right college for you using the National Center for Education Statistics website.
  • College Search
    Use MatchMaker to generate a list of colleges that match your preferences. Use QuickFinder to research a college that you already have in mind. Also offers Tips for Finding a College Match; Characteristics Your Child Should Consider.

Books for Choosing

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International Student Handbook 2013 - The College Board
The International Student Handbook 2013 is the only book exclusively for foreign students! It provides information on 2,900 colleges, including each school’s “international profile.” It includes step-by-step guidelines on how to prepare for and apply to colleges in the United States, find financial aid and obtain a student visa.


Premium eResources Prepare for the SAT, ACT, standardized tests in all 50 states, graduate school entrance tests and much more.

Learning Express: Offers resources that provide the preparation tools and tips every college-bound high school student needs for a smooth and successful admissions process.

College Blue Book electronic version.


Essential Websites

    Get all the information you need about making the decision to go to college, choosing a college, taking the tests, applying to colleges and paying for it all.
  • College Board

Online Education

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Online education for dummies - Kevin E. Johnson; Susan Manning
Taking courses online is a popular and convenient way to earn a degree or certification from the comfort of your home computer. Here is everything you need to find a program, apply for admission, and become a star student.

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Getting smart: how digital learning is changing the world - Tom Vander Ark
Publication Date: 2011-10-18
A comprehensive look at the promise and potential of online learning In our digital age, students have dramatically new learning needs and must be prepared for the idea economy of the future. In Getting Smart, well-known global education expert Tom Vander Ark examines the facets of educational innovation in the United States and abroad. Vander Ark makes a convincing case for a blend of online and onsite learning, shares inspiring stories of schools and programs that effectively offer "personal digital learning" opportunities, and discusses what we need to do to remake our schools into "smart schools." Examines the innovation-driven world, discusses how to combine online and onsite learning, and reviews "smart tools" for learning Investigates the lives of learning professionals, outlines the new employment bargain, examines online universities and "smart schools" Makes the case for smart capital, advocates for policies that create better learning, studies smart cultures ".

Test Preparation

  • Accuplacer Test Practice
    The College Board offers Accuplacer as a way to determine the skills of incoming students, and is primarily used by community colleges and technical schools. Accuplacer is a web-based assessment tool to determine skills in reading, writing, and math. It is untimed, but students can normally complete it in less than 90 minutes. All questions must be answered, and students cannot go back over a previous question once they answer it. Accuplacer may determine whether a student goes directly into a college-level course or a remedial class. This site offers free practice questions.
  • Register for the SAT
    The SAT and SAT Subject Tests are offered several times a year. Most students take the SAT for the first time during the spring of their junior year and a second time during the fall of their senior year.
  • College Board: SAT Practice Questions
  • College Board Tests
    Follow the links below to register online for the SAT, view and send your SAT scores, and find all the information you need — including exam dates and fees — for the SAT, SAT Subject Tests™, PSAT/NMSQT, AP, and CLEP.
  • Cliffs Notes Test Prep
    Here, you can find helpful advice and test-taking strategies for the SAT, Praxis, ACT, GRE, GMAT, and many other tests.
  • ACT Online Prep
    Free practice test questions and test taking tips.

Applying to College


Books for Applying

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Admission possible : the "dare to be yourself" guide for getting into the best colleges for you - Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz
ISBN: 9781402263316
adMISSION POSSIBLE takes the stress out of the admission process by providing you with the most useful hands-on advice on everything you need to know and do to make the application process go smoothly-a step-by-step action plan, filled with worksheets, charts, resume and essay samples, questions, directions, and timelines.

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The college application essay - Sarah Myers McGinty
A winning college application essay takes admission officers beyond the numbers and shows them what a student really cares about, how he/she thinks and who he/she really is. This easy-to-follow guide shows students how to maximize the opportunity to "tell us about yourself" by using the tools and skills they already have. Includes: Strategies for distinctive answers;
Remedies for procrastinators; Jumpstarts for writer's block; Tips on editing; Over 50 real application questions
Sample essays by real students.


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