Ryan Hickey

Ryan Hickey is the Managing Editor of Peterson's & EssayEdge and is an expert in many aspects of college, graduate, and professional admission. A graduate of Yale University, Ryan has worked in various admission capacities for nearly a decade, including writing test-prep material for the SAT, AP exams, and TOEFL; editing essays and personal statements; and consulting directly with applicants.


How to Tackle the Hardest Parts of the ACT

The ACT is pretty tough overall. But some questions are more difficult than others! Luckily, familiarizing yourself with those tough sections can help you maximize your study time.read more

Which Common Application Essay Prompt Is Right for You?

After sifting through thousands of Common App essays, it's clear that some prompts have more potential than others.read more

5 Questions to Ask Yourself if a College Doesn't Require an Essay

So, one or more of your colleges don't require an application essay. Woohoo!!! One less thing to worry about, right? Well, not quite. read more

9 Weird Test Prep Techniques That Actually Work

These nine study techniques seem relatively outlandish, but they're for real! read more

5 Ways to Kill Your College Application Essay

Here are five omissions or errors that can lead your application essay--and your chance for admission--astray. read more

What's in a Test? How to Use Your Application Essay When Your Test Scores Are Lower Than You'd Like

Do not talk about your low test scores in your application essay. At all. Ever. This is why and what you should do instead.read more

College Prep Steps Every High School Student Should Know About

The best way to maintain your course toward college and not end up freaking out right before applications are due is to create a schedule and break it down over your four high school years.read more

4 Ways to Avoid Isolation as an Online Student

For a student seeking a collaborative, social college experience, the isolation of online learning can be a real concern. Luckily, new technologies are giving students a more interactive experience.read more

How to Research Colleges if You're an International Student

In order to pick your school, you'll need to rely on open house seminars conducted in your area, feedback from friends and acquaintances who have attended the school, and the Internet. But how do you know that the information is reliable?read more