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Ep. 9 | Phil Black Answers Most Popular FAQs

Phil Black answers the most popular FAQs he's collected from parents, students, PrepWellers, and guidance counselors. Check out the Show Notes to see if you have any of the same questions.

Show Notes:

In this episode, I answer a ton of popular FAQs from parents, students, and PrepWellers. Check out the timeline below and see if any of these questions pique your interest.

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Here are the questions I answer in this episode:

0:01:03 Do I have to take SAT Subject Tests?
0:03:01 Do colleges care if I take the SAT or ACT?
0:03:11 Is it true that Ivy League schools do not give merit scholarships?
0:03:49 How many times is too many for taking the SAT?
0:04:48 Is it possible to get a full-ride scholarship in baseball?
0:06:00 How many colleges should I apply to?
0:06:46 Is it better to get an A in a non-weighted class or a B in a weighted class?
0:07:50 Is it always better to apply Early Action?
0:09:19 What’s the best way to get merit aid?
0:10:28 How many extracurricular activities do I need?
0:12:03 How do I start my college essay?
0:13:40 What’s the best way to build a college list?
0:15:14 Why has it become so competitive to get into college?
0:16:45 What will colleges care most about on my application?
0:17:37 What’s the most under-appreciated part of the application?
0:18:27 When should I start studying for the SAT or ACT?
0:19:00 What do you think of a gap year?
0:19:43 What’s the difference between Navy ROTC and the Naval Academy?
0:21:39 How do I get the attention of college coaches?
0:23:00 Is spending $80K a year on college worth it?
0:24:12 What do you think about starting at community college?
0:25:25 How important is it to visit a college before applying there?0:26:14 What kind of ECs can I do that don’t cost a lot of money?
0:27:04 Should I take the SAT or ACT?

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Podcast Host: PrepWell Academy's Founder, Phil Black, has spent a lifetime cracking the code on the world's most competitive programs: Yale University, Harvard Business School, Navy SEALs, Goldman Sachs, Entrepreneurship, Shark Tank, etc.

Inside PrepWell Academy, Black teaches students everything they need to know about the college admissions process in a series of expertly-timed, 3-5-minute, weekly training videos starting in 9th grade and continuing through 12th grade [Note: this program can only be joined in 9th or 10th grade]. My specialties include military service academies, ROTC scholarships, Ivy League, and student-athletes.

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