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3 Ways to Get a Top Score on the ACT

Pairing a competitive ACT score with a strong academic transcript provides the best opportunity for a student to attend his or her dream school. You might be thinking, “What is a top score on the ACT?” In a nutshell, there is not just one “good” ACT score. While an Ivy League school or local community… Continue reading

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What Prevents Students from Achieving Peak Performance on the ACT Science Section?

When it comes to the ACT, the word “Science” creates a significant mental hurdle for students. “Science” – understandably – conjures immediate thoughts of cells wall, swinging pendulums, and rockets hurdling through space. However, science knowledge, or lack thereof, cannot really impact student performance on the ACT, since only 2 or 3 questions require outside… Continue reading

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What to do about the new Redesigned SAT

Parents of Rising High School Juniors – Did you party too hard before taking the SAT? If the answer is yes, then you are in the seeming majority.  I have had people from HS principals to Congressmen tell me the same story: how they partied the night before and took the SAT cold.  Well folks, like… Continue reading

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The SAT and SAT Subject Tests – How Do I Measure Up?

No matter the grade level in high school, if your child is planning on taking the SAT, one of the first places to start is collegeboard.org. CollegeBoard is the company that administers the SAT, and in order to register for the exam, a visit to their website is necessary. CollegeBoard offers a few free sample SAT questions,… Continue reading

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Think ahead: College Preparation Calendar

High school is a mountain, a huge mountain. And the summit is centered directly over May of your child’s junior year. Many kids suffer the summit because they were not prepared, but it doesn’t have to be that way. As you can see from the college preparation timeline below, there is so much going on… Continue reading

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College Profile: The University of California System

Applying for any of the nine prestigious schools in the University of California system may seem like a daunting task. While admission statistics vary widely from campus to campus (e.g., you would need a more competitive profile for a school like UC Berkeley or UCLA than for UC Merced), the minimum requirements are the same… Continue reading

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Now What?

Maybe you took the January SAT and the test did not go your way. Maybe you’ve been avoiding those not-so-hot test scores from last semester because if you ignore them, they might go away. So here you are, in the midst of the spring semester, and you’re asking yourself, “Now what do I do?” Before… Continue reading

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The ACT: One-and-Done

One of the best things about the ACT is that you have ONE English test, ONE math test, ONE reading test, ONE science test, and ONE writing test. Think about it – once you’ve completed that hour-long math test, you can rest assured that there will be no more logarithm questions or solving systems of… Continue reading

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Deadline Check!

It’s that time of year when college applications are due, so let’s pull out our calendars and take a minute to write down some deadlines. Most students will apply to between five and eight universities. Each university will likely have a different application deadline and different requirements for supplemental materials, such as first semester transcripts,… Continue reading

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‘Twas the Night Before Test Day

Test Day Checklist* ‘Twas the night before test day, when all through the house No one was stirring, except for me clicking my mouse; Pencils, calculator, and ticket were set in my bag with care, In hopes that tomorrow I will have everything there. My siblings were nestled all snug in their beds, While visions… Continue reading

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