Transcend Academy CEO selected to join Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2019

Transcend Academy CEO Tina Tran Neville is honored to be selected to participate in the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in The Hague from June 3-5, 2019. She will join 2,000 world leaders from 120 countries representing entrepreneurship, innovation, investment, and policy to turn challenges into business opportunities that matter to everyone.

The Global Entrepreneurship Summit offers a unique international platform for participants to showcase transformative innovations to investors, business leaders, and political officials. Organizers selected companies for their groundbreaking technology solutions in agriculture, connectivity, energy, health, or water. The U.S. Government and the Government of the Netherlands is sponsoring the ninth Global Entrepreneurship Summit as in an invitation-only event.

Tina will be representing Lana, Transcend Academy's online English language learning platform. Lana is connecting North American teachers with students around the world...

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Top 10 Factors Universities Look for in Applicants

Students can feel overwhelmed by all of the tasks they have to complete when applying for college. That’s why it’s important to start preparing early! One of the best things high school students can do is understand what factors universities and colleges actually care about in an application, so they can get themselves on the right path sooner rather than later. What’s also nice is that these factors apply to most schools and most students – from Ivy League schools to state schools, for international students and in-state students. Let’s check them out.

10. Demonstrated Enthusiasm

This is one of the smallest factors in a college application, but it does matter. Common ways to demonstrate enthusiasm for a particular school are campus visits or interviews. If a student is unable to travel to the school, there are often meetups with admission representatives in major cities across the world. Students should schedule a meeting or a visit their junior...

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Winner of the 2018 Best in Washington Award... Transcend Academy!

Transcend Academy is thrilled and honored to announce that we are the recipient of the 2018 Best in Washington Award! Only one education company in the District of Columbia wins this award, making it very special. Thank you to the Award Program for recognizing us.

We are so grateful to our students, families, and schools, who fuel our passion for education and continuously inspire us. We are also thankful for YOU, our readers! Thank you for your support and positivity. And finally, we are enormously appreciative of our coaches and staff, for all the hard work they do to make this possible.  

Check out the press release below for more details:


Press Release


Transcend Academy Receives 2018 Best of Washington Award

Washington Award Program Honors the Achievement

WASHINGTON November 28, 2018 -- Transcend Academy has been selected for the 2018 Best of Washington Award in the Tutoring Service category by the Washington Award Program.

Each year,...

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Early Action vs Early Decision to University

Early action and early decision application deadlines are around the corner, usually November 1 and November 15. In advance of these upcoming dates, here are some top questions and answers when deciding if your students should apply – and take advantage – of these early deadlines:

  1. What are Early Action and Early Decision?

Early Action (EA) applications are nonbinding, which means admitted students are not required to commit to attend the university. Students can decide in late Spring. Early Decision (ED) applications are binding, which means admitted students must attend the university. Approximately 450 universities have early action or early decision options.

  1. What is single-choice or restrictive early action?

Many top universities - Harvard, Yale, Stanford - enforce a “single-choice” or “restrictive early action” policy. The policy varies by university, but its restrictions lie somewhere between early action and early decision for...

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2018 Guide for International Students Applying to American Universities


If you are planning to apply to an American university as an international student, you probably already have a few ideas on how to start. Many of you will take the TOEFL after years of English classes, but it takes more than excellent TOEFL scores to succeed and thrive. Here is your guide on how to be on top of applying to American colleges.

It’s More Than Just Grades

The United States does not have a university entrance examination system, like the A levels in the United Kingdom or the gaokao in China. Most international students are required to take the TOEFL and sometimes the SAT or ACT depending on the school. A few universities, like the University of Southern California , even allow you to take the SAT or ACT instead of the TOEFL if you are nervous about the verbal section.

However, a high standardized test score won’t guarantee admission. Some American universities are even making standardized test scores optional. It does not mean that your test scores...

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7 Ways to Boost Your ACT Score (Without Studying)

The ACT is tomorrow morning, and some of you or your students will probably be taking it! Hopefully everyone has been studying hard. But no matter how much studying you do, the day before a standardized test can be nerve-wracking. That’s why we’re here to give you 7 ways to prepare for the ACT and maximize your score!


  1. Organize Ahead of Time What You Need for the ACT

To save yourself some stress the morning of the ACT, it’s best to have your logistics sorted out by the day before. How are you getting to the testing site? If someone is giving you or your student a ride, confirm the time with them the day before so there are no surprises. If the test is being held at a place you’ve never been before, like your local community college or another testing center, look at how long it takes to get there and give yourself some buffer time in case you get lost.

Also, check to see if you have a few good No. 2 pencils with erasers and an approved calculator...

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How to Make Your Dream College List

A lot of students have a dream university – Stanford, Harvard, MIT, Yale – but smart students strive for options with multiple acceptances. That’s why we’re talking about how to create a dream college list! The perfect list for you includes within-reach, in-range, and safety universities whose profiles match what you want. How do you do that? We will go over some questions you should ask yourself or your child to help narrow down your options when figuring out how to pick the best university for you. 

It’s best to start selecting your top universities now if you haven’t already. Undergraduate early admissions applications are generally due in November. Therefore, if you want to visit a campus or have time to tailor your application to a particular college, you should have your list figured out by September at the latest. For regular applications, the deadline is usually January, so you have an extra few weeks. The exact...

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