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SAT and ACT Prep: 10 Essential Tips to Ease Test Anxiety

Last Updated on Jun 1, 2021 8:32:00 AM

Sitting for an SAT or ACT amid nervous students, serious proctors, and loudly ticking clocks can unnerve even the steadiest student. Suddenly, your heart is beating out of your chest, your palms are sweating, and you have a strong inclination to jump up and run out of the room. But wait! You take a deep breath, thankful that in addition to all your studying, memorizing, and strategizing, you also took time to prepare yourself emotionally by arming yourself with valuable tools like the ones you’ll find in this article.

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Second Semester Checklist

Last Updated on Feb 3, 2021 11:05:58 AM

The start of second semester means it’s time for you to create a plan that helps you maintain your best grades – and improve those mid-semester grades that were not stellar. The best way to start? Get organized! Here’s a checklist that’ll do two things for you: keep you going academically and ensure that you make the most of your extracurricular involvements. Because time is the one thing you don’t get more of, here’s your Plan to Achieve!

Topics: College Counseling

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Topics: College Counseling

Testing Calendar for Juniors - Class of 2022

Last Updated on Nov 12, 2020 9:30:00 AM

Although many selective colleges have temporarily gone test-optional because of the pandemic, test-optional doesn’t mean “test-blind.” Not only will test-optional colleges consider your scores if you submit them, but submitting competitive scores that are well into a college’s mid-50% range for admitted students has the potential to improve your admission chances. For students who don’t submit scores, colleges will place far more emphasis on other crucial admission factors, such as your academic record, extracurricular commitment, essays, and recommendations. So, if you’d like to improve your potential for admission, here’s our advice about your junior-year testing calendar. This means YOU, members of the class of 2022:

Topics: ACT, ACT/SAT, Test-Prep, Tutoring, Educational Consulting, SAT

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Topics: ACT, ACT/SAT, Test-Prep, Tutoring, Educational Consulting, SAT

5 Good Reasons to Prepare for the PSAT

Last Updated on Aug 18, 2017 1:25:00 PM

Most schools in October offer the PSAT (a “preliminary” SAT) to their freshman, sophomores, and/or juniors. Regardless of your school’s official testing policy, here are some good reasons why a student should take the PSAT, whose scores are NOT reported to colleges:

Topics: Test-Prep, PSAT

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Topics: Test-Prep, PSAT

Colleges that Do NOT Superscore the SAT

Last Updated on Aug 17, 2017 12:43:00 PM

What is the SAT Superscore?

Let's begin by briefly explaining how to superscore the SAT. As an example, we will assume you took the SAT three times and obtained the following scores:

Topics: Test Scores, ACT/SAT, SAT

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Topics: Test Scores, ACT/SAT, SAT

WHAT? No Credits Toward College Graduation for Good AP Scores?

Last Updated on Jul 31, 2017 7:00:00 AM

We bring to your attention this blog published in early May of this year on cnbc.com concerning students who take AP tests:

Topics: AP Exams, Test Scores, College Admission, College Application, College Planning

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Topics: AP Exams, Test Scores, College Admission, College Application, College Planning

Three Things To Do After Getting Your PSAT Score

Last Updated on Dec 12, 2016 12:00:00 AM

Now that the wait’s nearly over and you’re soon going to get your PSAT scores, there seems to be only three alternatives: Your score’s going to be so good that every school’s going to want you, so bad that no school will ever want you, or so middling that you’ll wonder why you even bothered. And because your score’s going to be whatever it’s going to be – the die have been cast, and you now have no control over what numbers will come up when they stop bouncing – you don’t need to do anything else, right?

Wrong, and wrong in almost every respect. In fact, there are multiple things that you need to do, and we can walk you through the first three.

Topics: Test-Prep

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Topics: Test-Prep

3rd Grade State Testing: Do You Know About the Portfolio Option?

Last Updated on Nov 18, 2015 12:00:00 AM

 

If your third grader is a struggling reader, you may be on pins and needles about the upcoming FSA (Florida State-wide Assessment) in the spring. Worrying about whether or not your child will pass the standardized test creates stress at home and in school. Assisting your child with weekly tutoring is one option. There’s also another that your local school may fail to share with you.

Topics: College Planning, Educational Consulting

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Topics: College Planning, Educational Consulting

EFS - What's that? - Score At The Top

Last Updated on Nov 13, 2015 11:19:00 AM

None (zip, zilch, ninguno): That’s how much EFS you had at the moment you were born. And if you didn’t have some now, you wouldn’t have gotten out of bed this morning, because you couldn’t have planned how to do it, and you wouldn’t be reading this right now.

EF skills are controlled in a very small area in the right-front section of your brain – and we know that you’ve got one of those (a brain) or you wouldn’t be reading this – and they get better (in normal people, anyway) until sometime in the early to mid-20’s. Because you’re not there yet, your EFS aren’t as good now as they’re going to be, but you can still use them to very good effect and start making your life better right now.

Topics: Educational Consulting

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Topics: Educational Consulting

Why Learning Center-Based Tutoring Is Superior

Last Updated on Oct 26, 2015 12:00:00 AM

 

Deciding to find a tutor is intimidating. Recognizing that your child has reached a point where outside academic help is necessary can sometimes evoke mixed feelings. Certainly a recent test that produced a failing grade makes the need obvious. So, too, does your child’s expressed anxiety about the English assignment that looks like ancient Greek. When you try on your own to provide parental help but improvement simply doesn’t follow, your thoughts may turn to tutoring.

Tutoring options are not always obvious. Should you go to a learning center, or should you inquire into private tutoring at your home? While there are arguments in favor of both, when it comes down to it, learning centers have the clear advantage for three reasons:

Topics: Tutoring

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Topics: Tutoring

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