test prep

College Down Low: Test Optional or Test Mandatory?

Test Optional Gains Traction Are college entrance exams really getting kicked to the curb, tossed out, rendered obsolete, “retired?” Word on the street, in academic corridors and across the nation’s college campuses, suggest a definitely maybe.   “There are now well over 1,000 colleges and universities that don’t require SAT Read More…

Ready Set Go: 2018 College Application Season

Ready Set Go Once upon a time, American high school juniors had a genuine summer break. But frolicking in the sand at the local beach or working a summer job as a barista were the revels of many high school scholars of the past. What the heck? Why? University competition, Read More…

College Preparation: Nature, Nurture or Somewhere In Between

Nature vs Nurture Is it nature or is it nurture? Every so often we meet a student who appears to have it all. She seems naturally gifted in every sense: the captain of the varsity tennis team, a Calculus BC mathlete not to mention her high school’s poet laureate, and Read More…

I Have Less; Can I Achieve My Best Test?

How do I ace a test, the SAT, or any standardized test? How can they expect me to know everything? What if I don’t have the skills or the advantages? They, whether a teacher, professor, ETS (Educational Testing Service), or the College Board, absolutely do not expect you to know Read More…

Breaking Bad Habits: The Right ACT Attitude

Developing Bad Habits As students gain academic experience, they cannot help but develop coping mechanisms or “bad habits,” which they wholly believe will enable their survival under the competitive pressure of college admissions. These behavioral patterns often serve them well…until they don’t. For better or worse, we mimic the behavior of Read More…

What about Summer? 5 Benefits of the New Summer SAT

What about Summer? Thinking about a blissful summer sojourn, not the summer SAT? Perhaps a six week program with Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth, the Young Writer’s Camp at UCSD, playing some Park and Rec club soccer or tennis, jet setting around the globe, or just gaming with friends Read More…

In It to Win It: Long-term Test Prep

Clearly, parents want the best for their children. Unfortunately, many hope for “quick fixes” and short term solutions to catapult their student into test taking stardom. As the college admission season quickly closes in on our high school juniors, many parents still wait to the last minute to plan for Read More…

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