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College Planning: College: Choosing & Applying
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The College Navigator allows students and parents to search for colleges and universities of possible interest by a number of characteristics such as location and distance from home; programs and majors; institution type (public, private, 2-year, 4-year); institution size; cost; setting (rural, suburban, urban); and more. This is a very useful and easy-to-use tool for creating a list of colleges and universities for further investigation and possible attendance.
Information about thousands of colleges and universities, undergraduate and graduate programs, applications, funding, and more. Specific topics include distance learning, executive education, academic test preparation, financial aid, and summer programs.
Tutor.com: 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.
Brainfuse offers live, on-demand online tutoring for students in grades four through college. Members can get instant academic assistance from expert tutors throughout the week.
As part of the CARES Act Investment, the New Jersey State Library is providing this service to all New Jersey public libraries from Feb. 1 to June 15, 2021.
HelpNow features a range of tools for students including:
-- Live, online tutors with an interactive, virtual whiteboard to chat, write, draw, copy/paste text or images and graph homework problems.
-- Skills building and test preparation with live tutor assistance
-- A writing lab where students can submit a paper for detailed feedback
-- Send Question Center is a way for students to send tutors questions when they are unavailable
The Obama administration unveiled a new online search tool aimed at helping potential college students and their families learn more about college campuses, including the financial aid offered and how much their graduates earn later in life. Although the new 'College Scorecard' will allow consumers to compare various colleges on a variety of factors, it will not provide any rankings like those provided by U.S. News & World Report.
Online Education (MOOCs)
Free online education known as “massive open online courses,” or MOOCs, offered through platforms like edX, Coursera, and Udacity. MOOC courses are open to anyone.
MOOC List--MOOC List is a directory of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) offered by different providers.
MOOC List is a website where you can find free online courses (MOOCs) offered by the best universities around the world. You can browse by provider, university, country, type of certificate, and more.
Coursera--Established by two professors from Stanford, Coursera currently has 33 university partners. Includes open courses from: UC San Diego, UC Irvine, UC San Francisco, Stanford, Duke, Princeton University and more.To learn more about Coursera and its teaching & learning potential, view a presentation given by founder Daphne Koller, to UCSD. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09tvsd3TGlk
edX--This MOOC platfrom was founded by MIT and Harvard, and is developed as open source software. Includes open courses from: MIT, Harvard, UC Berkeley, the University of Texas system, Georgetown and more.
Udacity--Udacity is a private education organization and this platform grew out of a Stanford course experiment. With industry giants—Google, AT&T, andFacebook, they offer Nanodegree programs and credentials, designed so professionals become Web Developers, Data Analysts, Mobile Developers, etc. Students acquire real skills through a series of online courses and hands-on projects.
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.
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.
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.