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The college admissions landscape is undergoing massive change. Our mission is to help you navigate these changes and get into your dream school. We give you tips and tactics for mastering the college admissions process, from application essays, to acing the ACT and SAT exams, to campus visits, mental health, and much more. Whether you’re just starting your college search or ready to submit your applications, we’ve got you covered. Achievable is a modern prep program for the ACT exam. Visit https://achievable.me to learn more.

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United States

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The college admissions landscape is undergoing massive change. Our mission is to help you navigate these changes and get into your dream school. We give you tips and tactics for mastering the college admissions process, from application essays, to acing the ACT and SAT exams, to campus visits, mental health, and much more. Whether you’re just starting your college search or ready to submit your applications, we’ve got you covered. Achievable is a modern prep program for the ACT exam. Visit https://achievable.me to learn more.

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English

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4158317733


Episodes
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Top 5 tips for the SAT Reading and Writing section

6/12/2024
Ready to conquer the SAT Reading and Writing section? Jeffrey Dalton has been a teacher and SAT tutor for 14 years, and works with the Abu Dhabi Department of Education. In this episode, Jeffrey shares his top 5 tips for acing the SAT Reading and Writing section on the digital SAT. Achievable's ACT prep course uses AI-powered adaptive learning to target your weak areas and boost your score - visit https://achievable.me/exams/act/overview/?utm_source=podcast to try it for free.

Duration:00:26:38

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Harvard's response to SCOTUS: how to write the new application essay

6/7/2024
In response to the SCOTUS ruling on affirmative action, Harvard added a new essay topic asking specifically about how your background influenced you. Nat Crawford is a Stanford PhD, founder of Improve Your English and college admissions counselor. In this episode, Nat shares why Harvard added this new optional essay to their application, why you should always answer it even if you are not from an underrepresented background, and tips for getting the biggest impact from your essay. Achievable's ACT prep course uses AI-powered adaptive learning to target your weak areas and boost your score - visit https://achievable.me/exams/act/overview/?utm_source=podcast to try it for free.

Duration:00:19:46

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Mega Episode: 9 mistakes to avoid when applying to highly selective schools

5/29/2024
Getting into the top schools is tough enough, but if you make one of these key mistakes it can severely hurt your chances of getting admitted. Sam Hassell is one of the owners at Westchester Prep, and directs their college advising team. In this episode, Sam shares the 9 key mistakes he sees when students apply to the top colleges in the country and how to avoid them. Achievable's ACT prep course uses AI-powered adaptive learning to target your weak areas and boost your score - visit https://achievable.me/exams/act/overview/#s=podcast to try it for free.

Duration:01:05:52

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What impact has the SCOTUS ruling on affirmative action had on this year's college admissions cycle

5/22/2024
The SCOTUS ruling on affirmative action was monumental, but how did it actually affect admissions? Elton Lin, founder of Ilumin Education in California, has helped students get into top programs nationwide for over a decade, and weaves life coaching and career advice into his practice. In this hour-long episode, Elton walks through the impact of the SCOTUS ruling on admissions chances for different students that he worked with and what he is hearing from other counsellors. Achievable's ACT prep course uses AI-powered adaptive learning to target your weak areas and boost your score - visit https://achievable.me/exams/act/overview/#s=podcast to try it for free.

Duration:00:21:57

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Mega Episode: How to make the most of your college experience academically

5/15/2024
For many, college is the pinnacle of your academic career, so how do you make the most of it? Louis Newman is former Dean of Academic Advising at Stanford University and now the author of the new book "Thinking Critically in College: The Essential Handbook for Student Success." In this episode, Louis shares advice for making the most of the academic part of your college experience, both to learn and to set you up for a successful career. Achievable's ACT prep course uses AI-powered adaptive learning to target your weak areas and boost your score - visit https://achievable.me/exams/act/overview/?utm_source=podcast to try it for free.

Duration:00:52:45

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How to solve different Evidence-based Reading question types on the digital SAT

5/8/2024
Looking to ace the SAT Evidence-based Reading section? Dave Lynch, founder of StudyLark, has tutored students on the SAT for almost 20 years. In this episode, Dave shares his best tips for simplifying and solving the various problem types you'll find on the SAT Evidence-based Reading section. Achievable's ACT prep course uses AI-powered adaptive learning to target your weak areas and boost your score - visit https://achievable.me/exams/act/overview/?utm_source=podcast to try it for free.

Duration:00:35:07

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Mega Episode: How students can develop the organizational skills and executive functioning they need for college and beyond

5/1/2024
The biggest challenge that students face when they go to college is being on top of everything on their own. Sasha Chada is founder and CEO of Ivy Scholars, whose students have 7X the admission rate to Stanford, Columbia, MIT, and other top schools. In this mega-episode, Sasha explains the fundamental importance of organizational skills and executive functioning - not just for college, but for the rest of someone's life - and how teens can develop these skills ahead of college. Achievable's ACT prep course uses AI-powered adaptive learning to target your weak areas and boost your score - visit https://achievable.me/exams/act/overview/?utm_source=podcast to try it for free.

Duration:00:52:32

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The new Digital SAT: how it changes your admissions strategy

4/24/2024
The SAT made a major shift this year to being digital and adaptive. How does that affect your college applications? Nat Crawford, Stanford PhD, founder of Improve Your English and college admissions counsellor, works with superstar high school students in the San Francisco Bay Area every year. In this episode, Nat shares how the new digital and adaptive SAT affect SAT scores and how that will impact college admissions. Achievable's ACT prep course uses AI-powered adaptive learning to target your weak areas and boost your score - visit https://achievable.me/exams/act/overview/?utm_source=podcast to try it for free.

Duration:00:24:22

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Should I submit my standardized test scores?

4/17/2024
With test-optional policies in retreat, how does this change whether you should submit your standardized test scores? Stephen Friedfeld is the cofounder of AcceptU, an admissions consulting firm since 2010 that only employs former admissions officers. In this episode, Stephen shares his tips for navigating the test-optional landscape and how you should make the decision on whether to submit test scores. Achievable's ACT prep course uses AI-powered adaptive learning to target your weak areas and boost your score - visit https://achievable.me/exams/act/overview/?utm_source=podcast to try it for free.

Duration:00:24:20

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How the SCOTUS affirmative action decision will affect college admissions

4/10/2024
The SCOTUS decision to strike down affirmative action will change college admissions, but how? Shane Bybee has run Bybee College Prep for almost a decade and has helped thousands of students get into college. In this episode, Shane shares his thoughts on the SCOTUS affirmative action decision and how it's going to impact college admissions going forward. Achievable's ACT prep course uses AI-powered adaptive learning to target your weak areas and boost your score - visit https://achievable.me/exams/act/overview/?utm_source=podcast to try it for free.

Duration:00:26:40

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Ways to raise your ACT English score

4/3/2024
The ACT English is one of the easiest parts of the ACT to improve your score on, and we'll tell you why. Mary Johnson is the ACT English and Reading lead at Odyssey College Prep and the author of the English and Reading sections of Achievable's ACT course. In this episode, Mary shares the key tactics and strategies you can use to ace the ACT English section and raise your score. Achievable's ACT prep course uses AI-powered adaptive learning to target your weak areas and boost your score - visit https://achievable.me/exams/act/overview/?utm_source=podcast to try it for free.

Duration:00:16:30

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6 takeaways from new Ivy League testing requirements (Dartmouth, Yale, Brown)

3/28/2024
Dartmouth kicked off a wave of Ivy League and other colleges reinstating their SAT or ACT requirement for applicants - a massive shift away from test-optional policies. Sam Hassell is one of the owners at Westchester Prep, and directs their college advising team. In this episode, Sam and Tyler talk through the implications of these defections from the test-optional status quo, why test-optional didn't work for these schools, and what to expect in the future. Achievable is a modern test prep platform for the ACT exam - visit https://achievable.me to try our course for free.

Duration:00:43:12

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Mega Episode: How to select an ACT or SAT test prep program based on your commitments, schedule, and budget

3/20/2024
ACT and SAT preparation are a key component of the college admissions process, so how to tackle it? Annie Tadros is the Director of My College Prep Online (formerly AM Tutoring) and has 25 years of professional tutoring experience. In this episode, Annie shares her advice on selecting an SAT or ACT test prep program, including key considerations related to your schedule and budget. Achievable's ACT prep course uses AI-powered adaptive learning to target your weak areas and boost your score - visit https://achievable.me/exams/act/overview/?utm_source=podcast to try it for free.

Duration:00:55:49

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Tips for applying to college as a prospective college athlete

3/14/2024
Applying to colleges as a prospective athlete can be a big boost to your candidacy, but only if you do it in the right way. Joan Casey is the founder of Educational Advocates College Consulting and has been advising students on test prep and college admissions for almost 20 years. In this episode, she shares her tips applying to college as a prospective college athlete, including specific advice for athletes during the admissions process, building your resume, reaching out to coaches, and more. Achievable's ACT prep course uses AI-powered adaptive learning to target your weak areas and boost your score - visit https://achievable.me/exams/act/overview/?utm_source=podcast to try our course for free.

Duration:00:30:34

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How to study for AP History exams

3/6/2024
AP History exams are tricky, and you need to take special care studying for them. Jason Morgan has been a college admissions counsellor for 20 years, the last 10 of which have been focused on international students. In this episode, Jason shares some key lessons from years of advising clients on their AP History exams, including tips for getting a 4 or 5 on the test. Achievable is a modern test prep platform for the ACT exam - visit https://achievable.me to try our course for free.

Duration:00:24:07

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How AI will affect college admissions and essay writing

2/28/2024
AI is here, and college admissions will never be the same. But how do you use it while still building an authentic application? Shane Bybee has run Bybee College Prep for almost a decade and has helped thousands of students get into college. In this episode, Shane shares his thoughts on AI, where it does and does not fit into your college admissions process, and how to leverage it without breaking any rules or losing your authentic voice. Achievable is a modern test prep platform for the ACT exam - visit https://achievable.me to try our course for free.

Duration:00:31:30

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How to get a good ACT writing score

2/21/2024
The ACT Writing section is not talked about as much, but if you're taking it, it's still important. Mary Johnson is the ACT English and Reading lead at Odyssey College Prep and the author of the English and Reading sections of Achievable's ACT course. In this episode, Mary shares the key tactics and strategies you need to ace the ACT Writing section. Achievable is a modern test prep platform for the ACT exam - visit https://achievable.me to try our course for free.

Duration:00:22:43

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Who is the ideal college candidate and how to become one

2/14/2024
Colleges already have an ideal candidate in mind, so how do you become that candidate? Hamada Zahawi is the CEO and founder of Write Track Admissions, a global admissions consultancy with a 93% success rate. In this episode, Hamada shares what colleges want and how to adapt your application to give them what they want without sacrificing authenticity. Hamada shared a generous 25% off code with our listeners. Go to https://collegeadmissionsmasterycourse.com/ and use code WTAPODCAST for 25% off until March 17, 2024. Achievable is a modern test prep platform for the ACT exam - visit https://achievable.me to try our course for free.

Duration:00:37:30

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What to consider regarding AP classes and exams

2/7/2024
Everyone seems to want to take AP classes and exams now, but many aren't taking the right approach. Jason Morgan has been a college admissions counsellor for 20 years, the last 10 of which have been focused on international students. In this episode, Jason shares some key things that those considering AP classes and exams should be thinking about, including why taking "off-major" AP classes can be a good thing, and what AP exams you can realistically get 4s and 5s on without taking the class. Achievable is a modern test prep platform for the ACT exam - visit https://achievable.me to try our course for free.

Duration:00:19:55

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ACT national score numbers are way down - what is the cause and why?

1/31/2024
ACT released its annual score report recently, and the numbers are not good. Annie Tadros is the Director of My College Prep Online (formerly AM Tutoring) and has 25 years of professional tutoring experience. In this episode, Annie shares why she thinks ACT scores have declined nationwide for the second straight year and what you can do to buck the trend. Achievable is a modern test prep platform for the ACT exam - visit https://achievable.me to try our course for free.

Duration:00:29:47