Understanding Your PSAT Score Report

Understanding Your PSAT Score Report

December! This last month of the year means holiday parties, an eagerly anticipated winter break, and that’s right — your PSAT scores. The results of that test you took back in the balmy days of October are in. You’ll receive your scores, a score report, and your test booklet (Students…

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The Art Of The College Essay

The Art of the College Essay

You’ve heard tales of this mythical beast for years, this unicorn, this Loch Ness Monster. Now it’s senior year, and it is time to confront this elusive creature head on. Behold, the college essay! Thar She Blows! Before you panic and stab someone with your harpoon read a few of…

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Acing The College Supplements

Acing the College Supplements

Wait, What? MORE Essays? You Have to be Kidding Me! You know all about the Common App essay, and you've been brainstorming for weeks, months, maybe years about what to write ... BUT what you probably aren't prepared for is the litany of supplemental essays each college requires. Some are…

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To Essay Or Not To Essay?

To Essay or Not to Essay?

Should I Register for the SAT or ACT with the Essay or Without? This is the second most popular question we get asked, right behind "Should I take the ACT or SAT?" The good news for most students is that the essay section of these two tests is of little…

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ACT/SAT Key Differences

ACT/SAT Key Differences

Like Pepsi or Coke - the Red Sox or the Yankees - it’s time to answer the age old question - The SAT or The ACT?  As you approach your junior and senior years and the college application process, one of the most crucial decisions you will have to make…

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Are There Benefits To The Sophomore PSAT?

Are there benefits to the sophomore PSAT?

As a parent of someone who has just entered college and as a teacher with over twenty-four years of experience, I couldn’t recommend strongly enough that children sit for their first PSAT during their sophomore year. It’s the perfect “low stakes” testing environment: the exam doesn’t count toward National Merit;…

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The PSAT – Demystified

The PSAT – Demystified

The PSAT: What's the deal? Apparently, it’s not enough that there are two major standardized tests for college admission - the SAT and the ACT.  A test called the PSAT is also out there. What on earth is it good for? Do you need to take it? Do colleges see…

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The SSAT Or ISEE?

The SSAT or ISEE?

Contemplating going to a private day or boarding school?  Take the SSAT or the ISEE. Your scores will be used by admissions officers as a supplement to your entire application. Learn more about the exam with this helpful breakdown. The SSAT consists of five sections: Writing Sample*: A two-page, handwritten response…

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The ACT Math – A 5 Step Methodology

The ACT Math – a 5 Step Methodology

For many of my math-averse students, the inherent danger of the ACT Math Section lies not in its complexity, but in its simplicity. It’s no secret: to excel on the math section, you need a basic understanding of the concepts. Unlike the other sections (particularly the Science Section, in which…

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On The ACT Science

On the ACT Science

When talking with students and parents about standardized testing, I am almost always asked about the notorious ACT science section. Negative experiences with biology or chemistry cause strong biases against it, and the realization that topics included are mainly those you’ve never seen exacerbate such sentiments. I understand the hesitation:…

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