Entries by Shane

What happened with the June 2018 SAT?

If you have a Junior or Senior in your house who took the June 2018 SAT, you might have had to deal with some tears on the morning of July 11th. If you’ve been investing time and money into test prep, you might have felt a little frustrated by the result. Thousands of students sat […]

5 key questions to answer for your test prep plan

You know you’re going to have to take an SAT or ACT at some point. Even with more schools deciding on test-optional admissions, you would still want a score to see if it gave you an advantage. Keep in mind the role of test scores for most schools. In an era of grade inflation for […]


4 things that make us different

Parents have plenty of options when it comes to college prep programs. Some are aimed specifically at the SAT or ACT while others build around an entire college prep package. When you’re looking at spending a few hundred to a few thousand dollars on college and test prep, you’re probably wanting to know what makes […]


4 soft skills for college prep

A great blog post by our own college freshman with hints about ways to prepare for college that you might not have thought of. Although many of our Bybee College Prep students are at the end of their high school careers, we thought that our tips shouldn’t end there. Here are a few ideas you […]

How to maintain a positive relationship with your teachers, and why it’s important

Having good relationships with your teachers, even the ones of subjects you might not enjoy, is a critical part of your high school career. This will help you with getting the non-generic recommendation letters for both college and scholarships, and establish trust between yourself and your teacher which by extension allows you to be more […]

College search services and your data

In exchange for that free account, those sites will be selling data associated with the account to colleges. I won’t pretend to know all of the information the colleges are asking for, but you can bet there will be a connection between the college information showing up in your mailbox and that online account you set up.

Seniors, now’s the time to search for scholarships!

U.S. News found that 67% of college-bound high school students graduating in 2016 took out student loans to pay for college, and students graduating from college in 2016 had on average $37,172 in debt. Most high school students are so focused solely on the four years after they graduate high school, that they forget about […]


SAT & ACT Prep can have a huge ROI

Most schools’ scholarships are tied to a combination of test scores and class rank or GPA, and the relationship is inversely proportional. GPA continues to be the most important factor in your application, so the higher your GPA the more you can qualify for and the lower your test score has to be to qualify.

5 steps to take to get better letters of recommendation

It’s the time of year when high school juniors are starting to look at the long slog between Spring Break and the end of the school year with something between sighing resignation and outright panic. AP and IB exams will take up May with Final Exams on their heels. They may be squeezing another SAT […]

Can you still get into your dream school if you don’t get accepted?

The latest post from our resident high school student. Sydney takes a look at a couple of examples of ways students can get into the school of their choice if they don’t get accepted directly. What happens in the not so ideal scenario that you don’t get directly admitted into your top choice school? This […]