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College Applications: Books
Barron’s Profiles of American Colleges with CD-Rom.
Barron’s Educational
Series, 2011. Comprehensive reference book with statistics on all four-year
accredited institutions in the United States.
The Best 376 Colleges, 2012 Edition
. Princeton Review, 2011. Excellent all-
around guide that weeds out the top ten percent universities for you, including
humorous best-and-worst lists.
Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think
About Colleges.
Pope, Loren. Penguin, 2006. Although it has not been revised
since the author’s death, this book is still a good resource for those interested in
small liberal arts colleges that don’t necessarily have “big name status” but offer an
excellent education.
The Insider’s Guide to the Colleges, 2012: Students on Campus Tell You What
You Really Want to Know, 38th Edition.
Yale Daily News Staff, ed. St. Martins
Griffin, 2011. One of the most interesting college admissions books out there
because of its emphasis on student feedback quotes about their colleges.
Cracking the SAT with DVD, 2012 Edition.
Princeton Review, 2011.
The Official SAT Study Guide, 2nd edition.
The College Board, 2009.
Crash Course for the ACT, 4th edition
. Princeton Review, 2012.
Testing Dates 2012
SAT (register online at
Oct. 1 — register by Sept. 9
Nov. 5 — register by Oct. 7
Dec. 3 — register by Nov. 8
Please note that in some countries,
you must register for an SAT test
date — about 10 days earlier than
the above registration dates —
through an international representa-
tive. Check the College Board Web
site for more details.
ACT (register online
Sept. 10 — register by Aug. 12
Oct. 22 — register by Sept. 16
Dec. 10 — register by Nov. 4
Only some of the ACT test dates
offer an optional writing test.
Whether you take this test or not
depends on the requirements of the
colleges you are interested in. If you
are a good writer, it’s advisable to
take the ACT that offers the writing
Please note that the ACT is not
offered on all dates in all countries.
Plan well ahead of time!