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…

The Admissions Mystique: What Do Colleges Expect?

What do colleges expect? The good news about college acceptance? Even “the experts” don’t possess the “silver bullet.” The bad news? No one does. College acceptance rates and their corresponding criteria vary from year to year based on a range of metrics including, but not limited to: The pool of 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…

Three Crucial Tips for the Engineering College Applicant

Engineering is just harder; there is no other way to categorize its seemingly insurmountable college acceptance expectations. However high the general admissions standards are for a given university, expect that these have become a monumental “Goliath” for the prospective engineering candidate. Let’s consider California Polytechnic University at San Luis Obispo Read More…

Private School Entrance Exams: The Misnomer of “Verbal Reasoning”

We can all relate to the stress of an progressively competitive 21st Century. Increasingly, I encounter panicked parents who fearfully insist that their children brutalize themselves in preparation for private school exams such as the SSAT or ISEE. Many are compelled to enroll their children in expensive private schools because Read More…

Against All Odds- An Effective SAT Essay Introductory Paragraph

Prior to the adoption of Common Core, the No Child Left Behind approach to education reigned for over a decade, “relying too heavily on standardized tests” according to many critics. One of the policy’s greatest deficits was the abandonment of writing curricula throughout the nation’s districts, charter schools, and other Read More…

SAT Math: Integrated Multi-step Mayhem and Reading Reinforced

  “Math is supposed to be math!” so some insist. According to these “resistance forces,” integrating or “muddling” content matter results in the unnecessary pollution of an untainted or “pure” subject, and merely confuses young test takers who are muscling their way through the brawny bearers of high standards that Read More…

The Big, the Bad- The Monolithic Test Prep Class

The False Promises Out of panic and pressure that their children will be “left behind” during the college admissions process, families often fall victim to the mega-test prep firm’s large class instructional package “deals.” Universities and private companies alike employ 100’s of instructors who guarantee “that students scoring in the Read More…

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