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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.),...

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...

Regroup for More Success and Less Stress This School Year

As winter drags on and first semester is behind us, it’s easy to lose that motivation that you started the year with. It’s around this time that we start to see a breakdown in the homework routine leading to overwhelmed students that are struggling to catch back up or...

Reading Between the Lines: Tips for Success on the SAT & ACT Reading

Reading at least 15 minutes a day improves your reading skills… and your test scores. In fact, the results of a nationally normed reading comprehension test revealed a 30 point difference between high schoolers that read every day and those that did not.* Read on for...

Adding it Up: Tricks & Traps for the SAT & ACT Math

The beauty of algebra lies in the simplicity of one correct answer (and only one!). Not only is the answer to a math question either correct or incorrect, there’s objective reasoning to back it up. Keep these tips and tricks in mind when sitting for the math section...

How to Select AP Classes

Honors, or pre-AP, classes differ from regular classes in that they are generally faster paced and often dive deeper into subject content. Some schools offer honors classes freshman through senior year, although many cut the honors version of a course if the...

A Major Decision: How to Choose a College Major

A major, or declared field of study, is an important decision as it indicates which classes you must take to earn a college degree. These major classes are designed to provide the knowledge and academic background needed for an entry-level job in a specific field....

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...

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....

Changes to the ACT

Changes are coming to the ACT! Starting September 2020, 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...

The Dreaded Return to School

Find a quiet spot in your house and listen carefully. If you pay attention, you may be able to hear the collective groan of students across the country upset about having to return to school. The end of summer vacation can be a relief for parents. But for students, it...

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Back to School

It's getting to be back to school time, and that means some preparation is in order. Going back to school isn't a simple matter of packing a kid's lunch and sending him or her off. Some additional thought is required. This website has some interesting advice for these...

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Effective Study Habits

A study habit is a repeated behavior or practice used when learning educational material. Positive study habits enable you to study smarter, not harder. Beyond the classroom, they enhance decision-making and problem-solving skills that benefit you throughout life....

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College 101: Class Basics

The freedom and independence of college life might be enticing enough to pursue a college degree, but it’s the degree that opens the door to greater career opportunities, higher pay, and increased job satisfaction. The classes required to earn a degree are much...

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SAT Score Choice

If you decide to take the SAT more than once, you're in good company. The majority of high school students take the test two or three times with the intent to improve their score each time. After taking the test twice (or more!), students often ask if they should...

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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?...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Understanding your SAT Score Report

The SAT score report provides detailed information to help you better understand your strengths and weaknesses in terms of SAT content. It’s worth taking the time to really review your score report to help you decide if you should re-take the SAT and, if so, to guide...

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