Several years as a private test prep tutor led Suchi Rudra to begin writing for education-focused publications. She enjoys sharing her test-taking tips with students in search of firsthand information that can help them improve their test scores. Her articles have appeared in the SparkNotes Test Prep Tutor blog, the Educational Testing Service.s Open Notes blog and NextStepU.</p><p>Suchi.s background helping students prepare for both the SAT and ACT gives her deep insight into what students need to know at every stage of the testing cycle. This allows her to craft articles that will resonate with both students and their families. As a freelance writer, Suchi's work has also been featured in The New York Times, BBC Travel, Slate, Fodor's and The Guardian, among other publications. She holds a journalism degree from Indiana University, loves to slow travel and hails from the Midwest.

How did you put together your list of target schools? Some students select colleges based on the SAT or ACT score they hope to get, but if they don't end up with the scores they think they'll need, sometimes the list may need to be adjusted. That's what happened to Vanessa Luz* when she was in high school. We spoke with Luz to discover how she dealt with this situation and how her approach toward the college application process changed.

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