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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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How To Be An Active Reader

One misconception commonly held by students is that reading is a passive activity. Unfortunately, passing your eyes over words on a page does not automatically store the material in your brain. You have to work for it – coax the information into your memory by asking questions and taking notes. These strategies fall into one… Continue reading

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Mastering the ACT Science Test

One of the advantages of the ACT over the SAT is its “one-and-done” style. As you progress through the test, you can check off each subject and never have to go back to it again: one forty-five minute English test – check; one sixty-minute math test – check; one thirty-five minute reading test – check…. Continue reading

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