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Better Returns than Buffet's: The Bright Futures Scholarship

Posted on Jun 7, 2018 5:12:34 PM

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, Investment

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

Is There A Future Doctor in the House?

Posted on May 27, 2018 11:39:00 AM

If so, the future physician is almost certainly going to be faced with taking – and passing – the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), a product of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).  The MCAT is a standardized, computer-administered, multiple-choice exam with no questions requiring writing. Some form of the MCAT has been part of the medical school admissions process for 90 years; it’s required for admission to almost all medical schools in the U.S. and many in Canada; and it’s taken by over 85,000 prospective physicians each year.

Topics: Test-Prep, MCAT

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Topics: Test-Prep, MCAT

Changes to the ACT 2018

Posted on May 22, 2018 4:05:15 PM

Yesterday, ACT notified us about testing changes taking effect this coming September that will impact many of our students —perhaps making some consider taking the June or July test. There are two significant changes.

Topics: ACT, Test-Prep, ACT Changes

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Topics: ACT, Test-Prep, ACT Changes

Death from College Cost Sticker Shock…and How to Avoid It: Part 1

Posted on Apr 19, 2018 4:07:03 PM

First, relax, because there’s very little chance that you’ll pay full sticker price for your child’s college education; and if the costs are still too high, there are actions you can take to reduce them.

Topics: Ivy League, ACT/SAT, Test-Prep, Educational-Consulting, Financial, Financial Aid

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Topics: Ivy League, ACT/SAT, Test-Prep, Educational-Consulting, Financial, Financial Aid

Missed the October PSAT? You’re No Longer Locked Out From National Merit Recognition!

Posted on Dec 20, 2017 1:46:00 PM

Are you a high school junior and possible candidate for the National Merit Scholarship, but unable to take the PSAT/NMSQT test on the October national test date? There’s now an alternative action to pursue.

Topics: SAT Test, Test-Prep, College Planning

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Topics: SAT Test, Test-Prep, College Planning

Read. Think. Write. A world of difference with truly professional test prep.

Posted on Oct 19, 2017 5:34:48 PM

In the very midst of focused preparation for college entrance testing (ACT and SAT), it’s rather easy for student (and anxious parent) to lose sight of a bigger picture.
 
We have in mind the benefits that accrue from guided, methodical practice for the big tests. What are these benefits? They’re wrapped up in our three-word title. First, effective test prep produces an effective, active reader. That’s a student who’s engaged in such a way as to maximize retention.
 
One natural outcome of active reading is stimulation of thought – of thoughtfulness and connection making, two essential components of learning. In the stressful environment of testing, there’s hardly anything more important than the ability to weigh, measure, and consider cause and effect of ideas. Think.

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

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

5 Good Reasons to Prepare for the PSAT

Posted 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

Advanced Courses, GPA, and College Admissions: Not All Grades Are Created Equal

Posted on Aug 16, 2017 12:51:45 PM

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is the #1 piece of information that schools look at when they’re considering applicants — in fact, it would probably be the #2, and #3 things, too, if that made sense. It’s been that way forever, and it’s not going to change within your lifetime, if ever.

Topics: Test Scores, College Admission, Test-Prep, College Application

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Topics: Test Scores, College Admission, Test-Prep, College Application

Rising Juniors and Seniors: Got Summer Time on Your Hands? College Calls, Even Now

Posted on Jul 5, 2017 4:26:26 PM

We’re seeing the back-to-school ads already, and we are barely into July! Summer is well underway, so it’s time for you college-bound students to seal the deal and set your sights on next steps. Here are ten that we recommend:

Topics: Test Scores, College Admission, ACT/SAT, Test-Prep, College Planning

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Topics: Test Scores, College Admission, ACT/SAT, Test-Prep, College Planning

Want to be Sure Summer is the Right Time to Start Test Prep?

Posted on May 30, 2017 2:30:00 PM

The backdrop for summer vacation life is, for most students, missing one overwhelming element: school. Lots has been written and spoken about the pro’s and con’s of boxing away academic discipline in favor of “the beach” (an all-encompassing metaphor for the two and half straight months enjoyed outside any classroom).

Topics: ACT/SAT, Test-Prep, Summer School, College Planning

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Topics: ACT/SAT, Test-Prep, Summer School, College Planning

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