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President and head tutor-geek. Author. Speaker. Over 35,000 hours of tutoring, motivating and managing anxiety to help kids succeed.

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ACT vs SAT

Despite the fact that the ACT and SAT are more similar than ever, key distinctions between the tests still remain. Since colleges don’t really have a preference for one test over the other, high school students should plan to check out both tests before starting extensive prep for either...

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Educational planning helps students and families navigate a series of decisions and choices that they are faced with throughout their education, from high school preparation to the college admissions process, grad school and beyond...

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