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How to Request Accommodations for the SAT or ACT

You might be surprised at the number of accommodations available for standardized test takers. The long list includes familiar accommodations for students with learning disabilities, such as extended time and added breaks, as well as accommodations for students with...

Back to School: Making the Most of Virtual Learning

The start of this school year will not look like the others. The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on public education as all Virginia schools closed abruptly in March and many will begin two weeks late this year. Instead of taking that bus ride to school Monday...

SAT Prep for High School Freshmen and Sophomores

Prepping for the SAT or ACT two to three months before the test date can feel a little overwhelming. That's why parents ask us all the time how their students can get a jumpstart on test prep freshman and sophomore years of high school. There are certainly ways to...

Planning for Success: Setting Career Goals, Part 4

The difference between a senior in high school considering a major for the first time and a middle school student setting career goals is the process in which they make the decision. If you have not thought much about your future before heading off to college, you...

It’s Time to Apply for College… is it Smart to Apply Early?

Regular admissions, rolling admissions, early decision, early action… all of these terms refer to college application deadlines. Unfamiliar with the college lingo? Take a few moments to read our previous blog post and learn all about each deadline option. Then, read...

Community Service During COVID-19

Community service is noticeably different now with many organizations and non-profits closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but that doesn't mean you can't still serve the community. It just requires a little time and creativity. Beyond the desire to serve others...

Plan A, B, and C: Comparing and Ranking Career Choices, Part 3

On average, Americans change jobs 12 times during their lifetimes and work less than five years in one job.* Since you will most likely work in more than one field throughout your career, it's important to prepare for more than one job. When creating a career plan...

Why Take the SAT in a Test Optional World?

Since its inception in 1926, the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) has encountered its fair share of controversy, from a lack of equity to skepticism regarding its validity in predicting a student's success in college. Over the past few years, more and more colleges have...

When Should I Prepare for and Take the SAT or ACT? Part II

In the last blog, we talked about questions to consider when planning your SAT and ACT test dates and preparation for those tests during junior and senior year.  You can check out those questions here.  Now that you know what to consider, it's time to put that...

When Should I Prepare For and Take the SAT or ACT? Part I

Many students and parents ask when the SAT or ACT test should be taken and when test prep should start. There are many factors to consider and it can vary based on the student’s starting scores and goal score.  Below are some things to consider. Take a practice test...

Is that a Good SAT or ACT Score?

When the SAT or ACT scores come out, we are often asked, “Is that a good SAT or ACT score?” This is a tough question to answer because “good” is very relative. Before I answer that question for a parent or student, I always ask which schools will the student apply to?...

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SAT/ACT Grammar Rules

The writing section of the SAT or English section of the ACT both require a strong understanding of grammar and usage rules. On the SAT, the Standard English Conventions questions test students on grammar to include verbs, punctuation (comma, colon, apostrophe, etc.),...

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The Remedy for Senioritis

There’s a disease called senioritis, and we hear it’s contagious. It usually peaks around February of senior year, after early decision acceptance letters have been opened and college plans confirmed. Symptoms include a lack of motivation, decreased attention to...

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5 Reasons PSAT Scores Matter

The PSAT test is more than just a trial run for the SAT; there are many benefits to taking this test. Although your scores aren't viewed by college admissions reps, the PSAT offers helpful insight into your test taking and academic abilities, as well as a potential...

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Addressing Conflict in the Classroom

Some teachers are easy to click with. They inspire and encourage, teaching you not only about a subject but about life. You genuinely look forward to their class and might even seek them out for advice. On the other hand, some teachers aren't as easy to connect with....

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Changes to the ACT

Changes are coming to the ACT! Starting spring of 2021,* high school students sitting for the ACT can retake individual test sections as opposed to the entire test. For example, a student who scored high on the math and science sections but low on the reading and...

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College Roadmap

"Overwhelming" is the number one word we hear to describe the college admissions process. Since every choice matters when it comes to college admissions, the weight of a single choice can feel excruciating. Our goal at Tri-Ed Tutoring is to take that weight off your...

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Free Money for College

Who doesn't want free money for college tuition, textbooks, and living expenses? That's exactly what you get when you are offered, or awarded, an academic scholarship or grant. Scholarships are typically awarded based on merit; if you've excelled in academics,...

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What is FAFSA?

College is expensive, there's no doubt about it. The cost of a bachelor's degree at a state, public university could be upwards of $80,000. Since college is a big investment, the federal and state governments as well as individual colleges and career schools offer...

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