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Scoring Policies for the SAT and ACT

SAT and ACT test scores are often used by schools as a predictor of college academic success. Scores also provide a common academic measure that can be used to compare all applicants. But how are these tests scored and how do colleges receive scores and evaluate them?...

Best Books for ACT Prep: ACT Study Guide Review

Are you getting ready for your next ACT but do not know where to start?  We are here to help.  Many people decide to start off their ACT prep with books.  We've spent over a decade working with students who need to improve their ACT scores.  We've ordered thousands of...

SAT/ACT Prep Study Options

Just the thought of studying for the SAT or ACT exam can be nerve-wracking, especially if you’re not motivated to study on your own. Fortunately, there’s more than one way to study. While self-study is an option, there’s also group study and one-on-one tutoring. Read...

Last Minute AP Exam Tips

Students are taking their AP and IB exams over the next two weeks. In order to be eligible for college credit, students typically need to score a 3 or higher on the AP exam, which is scaled out of 5, and a 4 or higher for their IB exam, which is scaled out of 7. Here...

What is a “Rigorous” High School Course Load?

You hear it from guidance counselors, parents, and college reps: "If you want to get into your first choice college, you have to take challenging classes." It's true, your academic strengths and abilities as a student are best illustrated through your high school...

Is that a Good AP Exam Score?

Wouldn't it be great to earn college credit for completing an AP class? After all, you learned college-level material at a rigorous pace before graduating high school. Unfortunately, it's not that easy. Colleges only offer credit for AP classes if exam score...

SAT Curves: What every student and parent needs to know about SAT Curves

The SAT can be overwhelming for some students and their parents. Many students and their parents are surprised to learn that there isn't a set number of questions you need to get right to get a perfect score on the SAT. In fact, the number of questions you need for a...

ACT to SAT Conversion Chart 2018-2019: See How Your ACT and SAT Scores Compare

The ACT and SAT are both tests for college admissions that use different scoring systems.  Below is a chart comparing ACT and SAT scores. This chart will help you decide what test is right for you.  If you have taken both tests you can also use the chart to determine...

5 Study Resources for the AP Exam

Advanced placement (AP) courses offer college-level learning content to high school students. Over 30 AP classes ranging from AP Microeconomics to AP Chinese Language and Culture provide college bound high school students with the opportunity to challenge themselves...

My SAT/ACT Scores Came Back… Now What?

You did it! You made it through the painfully long four-hour SAT test (or three-hour ACT test) and just got your test scores back. Before you get too excited about never seeing another SAT or ACT question for the rest of your life, consider the two scenarios below:...

Is That a Good SAT or ACT Score?

When the SAT or ACT scores come out, the first question we hear is “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 to what schools is the student...

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Eliminate Negative Self Talk

The expression is you are what you eat, but I would say you are what you think holds as much truth. The idea of mindfulness and the power of thought have been everywhere lately—see here, here, and here. One of the things that I hear students doing as we work through...

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10 Years of Tri-Ed

It’s hard to believe that today marks a decade since I first started Tri-Ed Tutoring! Thinking back to the year I started Tri-Ed Tutoring, 2006, feels like a lifetime ago. I had just finished my Masters in Teaching and was deciding what to do with the rest of my life....

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5 Minutes Remaining…What Now?

For most students, the challenge of the ACT is time management more than the content of the questions. It’s a fast-paced test and difficult to address all of the questions in the allotted time. Try using a few of these tips on your next ACT: Focus on answering...

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Comparing the Costs: Public vs. Private

I find all too often parents tend to focus on the sticker price of college tuition instead of the actual true total out of pocket cost of college. A simple but critical formula to know before you apply to any school is COA-EFC=Need. The acronym means Cost of...

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Don’t Let Mid-Terms Get You Down

It’s that dreaded time of year: mid-term season. Parents and students alike dread mid-term exams, but with a few tips, there is no reason to be afraid. The key— as in all things — is to be prepared. The first step is to be organized. Don’t study in a slapdash manner....

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