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The latest tips, tricks, and education to help you get into your top college.

Better Returns than Buffet's: The Bright Futures Scholarship

Last Updated by Jason Robinovitz on July 16, 2021

We understand that Return On Investment can go hand-in-hand with risk: no pain, no gain. But how would you respond to a proposed investment of $2,000 that could result in saving between $7,392 (a 370% return on your money) and $28,416 (a 1,421% return on your money) over roughly four years? While this investment isn’t risk-free, it is low risk, assuming you have a student willing to work hard and follow instruction. Simply put, this investment is in test preparation for the SAT and ACT! When paired with a motivated student (and the right test-prep tutor), the result is a hefty scholarship from Florida’s Bright Futures Scholarships (BFSs).

Topics: ACT/SAT, Test-Prep, Financial Aid

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Topics: ACT/SAT, Test-Prep, Financial Aid

SAT & ACT – Summer Readiness Fall Preparedness

Last Updated by Jason Robinovitz on June 14, 2021

With summer just about here in South Florida, we at Score At The Top have already started working with students to help them recover last year’s courses or get a head start on next year’s core schedule. And because late summer and early fall test dates are just around the corner, we’ve also opened enrollment for our summer SAT and ACT workshops! The relatively relaxed summer months are a great time to prepare. Below, you’ll find some of our tips for testing plans and for academic preparation at all grade levels to help you take advantage of the summer break.

Topics: ACT, ACT/SAT, SAT

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Topics: ACT, ACT/SAT, SAT

Are You Taking the SAT or ACT Without Studying? Think Again!

Last Updated by Judi Robinovitz on June 4, 2021

Parents and students often ask us: Is taking the SAT or ACT without studying okay? Isn’t it good practice for next time?

Our answer is always the same: No! Test day is not the time to show up blind. Even if you plan on taking the test numerous times and even if you feel confident in your testing ability, it’s just not worth the risk.

Topics: ACT, ACT/SAT, SAT

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Topics: ACT, ACT/SAT, SAT

8 Best ACT Test Prep Tips and Tricks

Last Updated by Judi Robinovitz on May 27, 2021

So, you’ve decided that the ACT is your test. You prefer its straightforward approach, and sense that you can handle the quicker pace, and the math and science knowledge it requires. Now it’s time to start prepping! You might want to begin by taking a look at our Ultimate Guide to Preparing for College Entrance Exams which gives several tips for getting the most out of your prepping.

Topics: ACT, ACT/SAT, Test-Prep, Tips

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Topics: ACT, ACT/SAT, Test-Prep, Tips

3 Reasons Scores Still Matter at 'Test-Optional' Colleges

Last Updated by Judi Robinovitz on May 5, 2021

In the wake of a “year like no other,” the numbers are starting to trickle in and we’re learning more about how the widely implemented test-optional policies affected admissions. Already, the data bear out what we’ve been telling our students all along: it’s in your best interest to submit a competitive score in the optimal range of your top-choice school. Here are our top three reasons for this advice:

Topics: College Admission, ACT/SAT, Test Optional

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Topics: College Admission, ACT/SAT, Test Optional

When Less Is More...

Last Updated by Judi Robinovitz on April 29, 2021



For most high school juniors, spring semester is a busy season filled with events and exams. Often, students are beginning to make college plans that include scheduling the SAT and/or ACT, even in this “test-optional” era. The process of registering for one of these tests is easy enough: go to CollegeBoard.org or ACT.org, and click on the test registration link. Answer a few questions, ask for mom and dad’s credit card, and you’re all set. However, before you register for a test date, a few words of wisdom….

Topics: ACT, ACT/SAT, Test-Prep

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Topics: ACT, ACT/SAT, Test-Prep

Test Simulations: The Key to Proper Practice

Last Updated by Jason Robinovitz on February 22, 2021

There’s no other way around it when it comes to prepping for the SAT or ACT Tests. To properly prepare, you have to practice — and most importantly, practice properly. What we do mean?

If you were an actor, you wouldn’t show up on opening night without first having rehearsed the script and completely familiarized yourself with the play’s staging, lights, and sound issues. Similarly, by taking several practice SAT or ACT tests and simulating the testing environment and timing as closely as you can, you will walk onto the testing “stage” feeling more confident and prepared. Sure, there are always jitters on test day, but with proper practice, you minimize the unknown and maximize your chances for doing your best.

Topics: ACT/SAT, Test-Prep, Simulations

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Topics: ACT/SAT, Test-Prep, Simulations

Testing Calendar for Juniors - Class of 2022

Last Updated by Judi Robinovitz on November 12, 2020

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

Attention, Students Who Want to Apply to Test-Optional Colleges!

Last Updated by Joseph Corace on July 6, 2020

Colleges are businesses, and they like to get lots of admission applications because that makes it easier to fill classes with in-coming students. One way that a college can increase its number of applicants is by improving its ranking in the annual US News College Rankings.

In fact, a study published on the Harvard Business School’s blog found that “When explicit rankings of colleges are published in U.S. News, a one-rank improvement leads to a 1-percentage-point increase in the number of applications to that college.”

Topics: ACT/SAT, College Counseling, Test Optional

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Topics: ACT/SAT, College Counseling, Test Optional

Bright Futures Scholarship Update 2019

Last Updated by Jason Robinovitz on August 21, 2019

Florida Senate Bill 190, dealing with higher education, became effective on July 1 of this year and makes several changes to the Bright Futures Scholarship program. Among the most important of them are:

Topics: ACT/SAT, Test-Prep, Bright Futures

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Topics: ACT/SAT, Test-Prep, Bright Futures