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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...

Educational Planning

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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By Marla Cunningham Before joining PrepMatters, I worked in middle schools and high schools for a number of years as…

ACT or SAT? Pick One, Don’t Take Both
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ACT or SAT…or both? More and more students in the DC area are no longer taking just the SAT for…