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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

Some Quick "Need to Knows" On The Coalition App for UF & FSU and the SSAR (UF, FSU, FAU, FL Poly, New College)

Posted on Sep 22, 2017 11:25:36 AM

Not all applications for Florida universities are created equal. There are important differences and knowing them can save you time, effort and frustration in the application process. 

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

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

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

Posted 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

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

What Works Well – and What Doesn’t – for Improving Learning and Test Scores

Posted on Apr 12, 2017 2:00:00 PM

In a January 2013 report titled Improving Students' Learning With Effective Learning Techniques: Promising Directions From Cognitive and Educational Psychology>1, researchers, after examining 10 learning techniques, presented their findings about which were more effective…

Topics: ACT, SAT Test, Test Scores, Educational-Consulting

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Topics: ACT, SAT Test, Test Scores, Educational-Consulting

More News from the SAT Battlefront: SCORING

Posted on Aug 20, 2015 11:08:00 AM

Nearly every agrees: the March 2016 SAT will mark the introduction of a test more difficult than the current SAT (you have four more opportunities to take the current version).

Reading is more challenging with about 20% of questions asking for evidence that supports a student’s answer to the previous question. The so-called “Optional Essay” (hardly optional for the majority of top-tier colleges!) requires textual analysis in double the time of the current test (50 minutes compared with the current 25). And the math. Oh my, the math looks pretty rigorous, to say the least.

Topics: SAT Test, Test Scores, Test-Prep

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Topics: SAT Test, Test Scores, Test-Prep

Will you be ready for the NEW SAT ESSAY?

Posted on Jul 27, 2015 3:34:00 PM

Here are some basics to get you started!

Students who will take the new, optional SAT essay beginning in March of 2016 will encounter a 50-minute task that closely mirrors postsecondary writing. The College Board looks at it as a 50-minute college-level writing assignment.

Topics: SAT Test, Test Scores, Test-Prep

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Topics: SAT Test, Test Scores, Test-Prep

FSU Released their Final Freshmen Decisions

Posted on Mar 23, 2015 12:26:00 PM

 

Florida State released their final freshman decisions last Wednesday after the close of school. Director of Admissions Janice Finney explained that the school deferred more students in December than in the past, so more students received final decisions. Of those deferred in December, students who did not provide mid-year grades were not reconsidered.

This year’s accepted freshman profile...

Topics: Test Scores, Test-Prep, Private-School

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Topics: Test Scores, Test-Prep, Private-School

College Acceptance: California Edition

Posted on Mar 23, 2015 10:21:00 AM

 

The University of California – Santa Barbara just sent out its acceptances for the class entering in fall 2015. The office of Admissions indicated via email that they had received 70,453 freshman applications (that’s over seventy thousand) and sent about 22,756 offers of admission to freshman applicants (a 32% admit rate). It’s a beautiful campus by the beach about a third of the way north along the Pacific Coast highway between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Florida student thinking of UCSB? It’s harder to get in! In fact, The University of California sets different criteria for an out-of-state applicant: above and beyond admission requirements for California resident students, you must earn a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.4 or better in the 15 college-preparatory courses the State requires, with no grade lower than a C.

Topics: Test Scores, College Admission, Test-Prep, Educational-Consulting

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Topics: Test Scores, College Admission, Test-Prep, Educational-Consulting

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