At $500 to $2,500 per course for the more popular outfits, are test prep courses really worth it?  They rarely lower performance, but will they get you better results than studying on your own?  Indeed it is a huge business.  Companies like Kaplan and The Princeton Review offer prep classes for everything from Middle School entrance exams to Graduate School entrance exams to tests of English as a foreign language.  They provide a legitimate, valuable service.  But, what is the payoff, and is it worth the time and money to..

The word “fit” may be the weightiest, yet least understood, term in school admissions lexicon.  It is thrown around effortlessly by administrators and admissions officials, but applicants aren’t always sure exactly what being “a good fit” means. There are typically two dimensions of“good fit”: the first involves parallels that you, the candidate can bring to the table.  It is your job to let a school know which of your own personal interests, values, goals, and strengths align with or complement that which is offered by that school.  These fit elements..