SAT

Ask Your Personal College Counselor About Changes to the SAT (and What They Mean for You)

College Board, the maker and administrator of the SAT exam, announced in January that they will no longer offer SAT subject tests or the test version with an essay. Your personal college counselor can discuss scenarios that might impact you if you’ve already registered: Students currently registered for an upcoming Read More…

Your College Essay Writing Tutor Is More Important Than Ever Before

What are schools looking for in 2021? Do SAT and ACT exam scores still matter? The pandemic forced admissions committees to confront an evolving consensus about standardized entrance exams in recent years. The COVID pandemic accelerated a shift that had already begun at some universities. Your own San Diego private Read More…

Make SAT Math Easier With Your Personal College Counselor

To some, trying to learn math is like trying to comprehend a foreign language. No matter how long you stare, squint, and ponder a math problem, it simply does not make sense. Unfortunately, no matter how math-phobic you are, you still need to take the math section on the SAT. Read More…

Your Private College Counselor Helps You Score Your Best SAT in 2021

The SAT has undergone a number of changes over the last decade, which has left many test takers confused about what a good SAT score is in 2021. First of all, the total number of points on the test has continually changed. From 2005 until 2016, the SAT was scored Read More…

Your Personal College Counselor Knows “Test-Optional” Schools

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 or Read More…

Your Independent College Counselor Helps You With What Schools Look For

What do colleges expect? Our college admissions counselors say “What are schools looking for?” is one of their most commonly-asked questions. How do I get into my dream school? What about my safety school? What if I don’t have what it takes to get into college? College acceptance rates and Read More…

Your Private College Counselor Can Help When Tests Are Biased

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…

Ask Your College Counselor: How to Avoid Test Anxiety

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…

Make the Most of Summer Break With Your Private College Counselor

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…

Your Private College Counselor Recommends These 6 Tips for 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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