Category: Test Prep

Gardening with the SAT, ACT, AP exams, Subject Tests, and Finals.

I understand that this question from a college planning counselor can immediately prompt feelings of stress, strife and maybe a strong desire to run, scream, or just take a nap. You could go all consumer on us and order the popular T-shirt from Amazon: Don’t Ask Me About College. This may be a good idea […]

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Juggling AP Courses

Taking AP courses is de rigueur for most college-bound students these days: the number of AP tests given by the College Board doubled in the last ten years, after doubling in the ten years before that as well. So read on if you’re one of those students staring down multiple APs and wondering how you’re […]

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Give a Student a Cookie: The College Board Reuses Another SAT

I had a great tutoring moment last week. During my final tutoring session with one of my students before the August SAT, he was telling me what he’s been doing in his final push to be ready. He’s been a dream student and has done everything I’ve asked of him: taken practice tests often and […]

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How to Take a Practice Test

As our students make their way through their tutoring programs, they will begin taking more weekend practice tests. These simulations are meant to evaluate the student’s mastery of the content and strategies they have been learning. The tests are also an opportunity to prepare the student for many of the intangibles of testing. Variability in […]

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How Do I Choose My College Major?

Some students worry about whether their decision about their undergraduate major will have future consequences and affect opportunities for graduate school or job and career. Put more specifically (for those looking ahead to grad school), the question is whether a particular major will make you more – or less – competitive when applying to graduate […]

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GRE & GMAT: Math Topics to Refresh

Many students applying to graduate school will scarcely have taken a college course in math. In large part, that is a very small impediment to success on the GRE or GMAT. The math covered in many common undergrad surveys – calculus-based economics, accounting, physics, for example – are not covered at all on the test. […]

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ACT or SAT? Pick One, Don’t Take Both

 ACT or SAT…or both? More and more students in the DC area are no longer taking just the SAT for college admissions. The ACT is on the rise. The number of ACT test-takers area-wide has doubled in the last three years.   Many students find that the ACT is simply a better test for them, and […]

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Changes to ACT Extended-Time Testing

In late May, the ACT announced significant changes to its procedures for extended-time testing. Beginning with the September 2018 test date, students who qualify for National Extended Time testing, whether on account of diagnosed learning differences or other reasons, will complete each section of the ACT within fixed limits, roughly time-and-a-half. Those time limits are […]

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Anticipating Your PSAT Scores

Anticipation involves a bit of hope and, perhaps, a dash of worry — an emotion involving excitement or, at times, anxiety in considering an expected event. The expected event, in this case, is the arrival of the PSAT scores in early December. Most likely, this will mark the beginning of your test prep plan and […]

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