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We cannot stop many of these adolescent rites of passage, but we can determine how we will prepare for them in the future and how we will respond when they do occur.

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This year’s PSAT tests are on October 10 and October 13. The PSAT contains the same sections and types of questions as does the SAT, but it’s just a little shorter. Some junior-year students and parents wonder if it is wise to prepare for the test as fully as they likely will later on for the SAT or ACT.

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You are about to begin amassing an ever-growing written history. You will be creating more essays, research papers, summaries, reports, resumes and requests for people to review. Having a more varied knowledge of words will help you leave a better impression than someone whose presentation comes off as relatively simple or more repetitive.

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Now that you're an experienced high schooler, this is a good time to develop and practice the skill of planning. Maureen Delaney and John Jones offer their tips for developing strong skills in the planning department.

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Practice testing is a key part of the process of preparing for any standardized test. John Jones offers his guidance for steps to avoid when taking a practice test in order to get the most out of your diagnostic experience.

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One aspect that the SSAT and ISEE have in common is the writing sample. Naturally, parents are concerned about how to best prepare students for the essays. Here are the major points to keep in mind.

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While it is certainly disappointing to be informed you haven’t been accepted, it does not mean you only have to accept the decision passively. As with any negative outcome, recognize it is not a verdict about you, and decide to use the disappointment to spur you to positive activity.

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Part One: Laying the Foundation As a test preparation tutor, I often get asked by parents “What can I do...

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SSAT at Home, Part Two: Verbal As many parents remember, and as many teenagers are regrettably learning, a strong vocabulary...

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Spring To Do List Ah Spring! No more freezing rain and weather related late starts. You’re finally creeping out from...