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What is the college application process (CAP)?

The college application process (CAP) refers to the series of steps students take to apply for admission to colleges or universities in the U.S.
The components of the college applications process are grades, SAT/ACT testing, extracurricular activities (sports, jobs, community service, family responsibilities, etc.), college searches, essays, interviews, and college applications. 

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