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Why Take the ACT Writing Portion?

Many students wonder whether or not they should take the optional writing portion of the ACT.  There are many reasons why taking the writing portion is the right decision.  First of all, many top colleges such as Princeton, Johns Hopkins and Brown require it.  The writing section isn’t meant to stump you or trick you […]

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The Myths and Facts of the SAT and ACT

There are an abundance of myths floating around about both the SAT and the ACT that need to be put to rest.  In order for you to have the proper information before your exam, let us debunk a few of these myths.  Myth #1: The ACT and SAT have nothing to do with a student’s […]

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Top Test Prep and Basecamp

Watch this video to learn more about Basecamp – a project management system that keeps Top Test Prep‘s tutors, parents and students constantly connected.

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How is the ACT formatted?

First things first: let us dispel the notion that the SAT is the more widely accepted of the two tests.  Almost every college accepts the ACT, and it has now surpassed the SAT in number of students sitting for it each year.  For many students, this may come as a sign of relief since quite […]

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How hard is the ACT exam?

The ACT exam may be formatted and scored differently from the SAT, but that does not make it any less difficult!  Read more to find out what you should take into account when getting ready for this important exam.

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The ACT Writing Sample: if it’s optional, why bother taking it?

When you’re taking the ACT, the last section of the test is the “optional” writing sample. You’ve already faced four sections of multiple-choice questions, and now you have to write! Oh, and your essay won’t affect your composite score. So, why bother paying extra for the ACT Plus Writing and sitting through that last half-hour […]

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Tips and Strategies for the ACT

Some students, who have registered to take the ACT exam, make the mistake of treating the ACT like the SAT.  However, these two tests differ in format, in length and in points.  In this video, one of Top Test Prep’s tutors shares some of her tips and strategies for the ACT so students can take […]

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ACT vs SAT: which should you take?

Students often wonder which test is better suited for them when applying to college – the ACT or the SAT? What are the differences, if any, between these two tests?  Do they need to take these two tests?  These are all important questions since students’ SAT and ACT scores play a prominent part in their […]

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Private Tutoring and Test Prep: a Beautiful Partnership

These days, there is no shortage of test preparation strategies out there. You can buy workbooks, practice tests and advice books, and the Internet is jam-packed with all kinds of blogs and websites filled with pointers and how-tos. With all that information out there, does private tutoring for a test like the ACT, SAT, GMAT […]

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Planning Your Senior Year of High School

There’s a lot going on during everyone’s senior year of high school, so it’s easy to get overwhelmed. While you have some free time this summer, take a minute to plan out your college admissions calendar, paying attention to the application deadlines at the colleges on your list. Here is a basic outline of the […]

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