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For 8th - 10th graders

  1. Common questions which confront high school families
  2. How does block class scheduling work?
  3. Preparing teenage children for summer
  4. How important is the STAAR test? 
  5. How do you prepare for AP Physics? 
  6. Have you fine-tuned your teenager's high school course roadmap?
  7. Why Advanced Placement (AP) Courses Are So Important 
  8. Is taking a dual credit course a good idea? 
  9. How to improve the strength of high school curriculum
  10. What colleges look for in high school students
  11. Is getting into TAMS a good idea?
  12. All about grades and weighted grades
  13. Frisco ISD changes Course Grade Weights
  14. Is an International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma a good choice?
  15. Does a "good" school district mean your high school student will be successful?
  16. How to interpret PSAT-11 scores for National Merit Scholarships
  17. How Important Are Extracurricular Activities For High School Students?
  18. How Many Extracurricular Activities Are Good For a High School Student?
  19. College Planning Checklist for Student-Athletes (from the College Board)
  20. Should High School Students Audit a Class?
  21. College Q&A In Your Community (or Living Room)!
  22. About us
  23. Download form - Houston College Readiness
  24. Rajkamal Rao Bio
  25. Rajkamal Rao Articles Archive

For 11th - 12th graders
(Please also review our articles in the 8th - 10th grade section above)

  1. Common questions which confront high school families
  2. How do you prepare for the SAT/ACT?
  3. How many times should you take the SAT/ACT?
  4. The SAT takes sides against meritocracy
  5. Are Medical School Early Assurance Programs (EAP) a good idea?
  6. The GRE reigns supreme
  7. In Texas, you now have to file the FAFSA to graduate from high school 
  8. Core Idea 2: Graduate from a 2-year college with an Associates Degree 
  9. Core Idea 3: F-1 Students! Take advantage of the One Year OPT Visa 
  10. Core Idea 4: Transfer to a 4-Year College 
  11. It's getting harder to get into colleges using ED/EA 
  12. Beginning Fall 2021, expect three major college admissions changes 
  13. US college admissions continue to become more subjective  
  14. So, you applied to UT Austin. What next?
  15. Imitation is the best form of flattery
  16. Understanding the College Pricing Ladder
  17. How useful is the Net Price Estimator?
  18. Harvard-Stanford-Duke-Georgetown-Penn - Information Session
  19. Brown-Chicago-Columbia-Cornell-Rice - Information Session
  20. How do you prepare for AP Physics? 
  21. Why Advanced Placement (AP) Courses Are So Important 
  22. Is taking a dual credit course a good idea? 
  23. How to improve the strength of high school curriculum
  24. What colleges look for in high school students
  25. Is an International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma a good choice?
  26. What should we make of the college admissions scam?
  27. How to interpret PSAT-11 scores for National Merit Scholarships
  28. How generous are NMS awards?
  29. College Planning Checklist for Student-Athletes (from the College Board)
  30. Should High School Students Audit a Class?
  31. A Primer on College Essays
  32. How do you send transcripts to colleges?
  33. How do you send recommendation letters to colleges?
  34. 2019-20 Automatic Admission - Texas Colleges and Universities 
  35. SAT Subject Tests vs. AP Exams: Which are better?
  36. Rice University: Campus Visit Observations
  37. Stanford University: Campus Visit Observations 
  38. Texas A&M: Campus Visit Observations
  39. College Q&A In Your Community (or Living Room)!
  40. #MeToo Tips For College Bound Families
  41. About us
  42. Download form - Houston College Readiness
  43. Rajkamal Rao Bio
  44. Rajkamal Rao Articles Archive


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