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The New SAT: What to Expect

On February 26, the College Board announced that changes were coming to the SAT.  Again. The standardized test’s second overhaul in less than ten years won’t go into effect anytime soon, and no specific changes have been identified yet. As you plan your college admissions strategy, take the time to familiarize yourself with the preliminary […]

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5 New Ways to Prep for the SAT (Or Any Other Standardized Test)!

1. Listen to Music Not all music starts and ends with “Baby, baby, baby, yea.”  There are a number of bands out there with serious lyrical and storytelling chops.  Take, for instance, The Decemberists.  They blend storytelling and an impressive vocabulary to make for unique lyrics that can teach you a thing or two.  Here’s […]

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Rankings and SAT Scores in Fairfax, Montgomery, Arlington and Washington DC

A recent article posted by College Board and Washington Post, clearly outlined research on the average combined SAT scores of students in Fairfax, Montgomery, Arlington, and Washington DC . Here are detailed scores for the SAT in the DC region and rankings of the best: (1) Fairfax County – Average SAT score: 1659 (2) Montgomery […]

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Test Prep Experts: Keeping Students Motivated

There are two kinds of motivation: long term and short term. The learning team (student, tutor, educational institution, and parent) is responsible for maintaining motivation throughout the process, but the tutor-student relationship is critical in each and every level of motivating the learning process. On a day-to-day level, motivation is necessary to keep focus and […]

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How to Prepare for the SAT and ACT over the Summer: Three Tips to Enter Testing Season Fully Prepared.

If you’re wrapping up your sophomore or junior year, you’re probably coming to terms with the fact that the next few semesters are going to be some of the most important in your high school career. Not only will you have a broader range of honors classes, authoritative positions in your extracurricular activities, and AP […]

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SAT Test Preparation: How to Write a Better SAT Essay

The essay portion of the SAT exam presents a question in a single sentence prompt. Your task according to the instructions is to do the following: 1) Develop a point of view in response to the question and 2) Support the position with the use of examples. These examples can be from your reading, studies, […]

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Should you take the SAT or ACT exam? Which is better for you…

Article about whether you should take the SAT or ACT exam: College admissions tests can be overwhelming, but choosing the test (SAT vs. ACT) that best suits you puts you on the path to success early on. While the SAT is historically regarded as the typical admissions test, the ACT is quickly gaining ground and […]

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How to Form an SAT Study Group, and ways to prep for the SAT

Studying for the SAT is no easy task: often, students feel like all their hard work is in vain, or they become frustrated with ambiguous study concepts. A common symptom of SAT studying is “burnout,” when students lose motivation to keep working hard. One of the best things to do in the face of burnout […]

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Submitting SAT Scores: What’s the significance?

According to a new study of freshman, students who include SAT scores in their applications have higher GPA’s their first year than those who don’t do so. The study tracked students at Bowdoin College where both SAT and ACT scores are optional for applicants, and Barnard College, Colby College, Carnegie Mellon University, and Georgia Institute […]

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Steps to Improve Your SAT and ACT Scores

Here are some helpful tips to improve your SAT and ACT exam scores and overall performance: First note: If it’s possible, find a reputable private test preparatory service early in your high school years to assist you in reaching your testing potential. General guidelines for test preparation include the following. (1) Take several mock ACT/SAT […]

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