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Everything you need to know about the SHSAT … or getting into Stuyvesant, Bronx Science, Brooklyn Tech and 5 other fantastic and free NYC public school!

An average of 30,000 eighth graders take the SHSAT every October. This 3-hour test is the only criterion for gaining entry into one of nine of New York City’s specialized schools. There are approximately 6,000 spots, which means only 18% of those students who apply are accepted.   The New York City Specialized High Schools…

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How many times should I take the SAT or ACT?

Many of our high school junior clients took the SAT on December 2 for the first time. They’ll get their results online sometime between December 15 and 21. Other clients just took their first ACT exam on December 9.  They’ll get their results sometime between December 19 and February 2. We hope they don’t have…

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Tell Me More About the New SAT & ACT

The New SAT Divided into 4 Sections, plus an essay response: Reading: 52 questions, 65 minutes Writing and Language: 44 questions, 35 minutes Math Test, No Calculator: 20 questions, 25 minutes Math Test, Calculator: 38 questions, 55 minutes Optional Essay: 50 minutes Scoring: Scoring has changed! In its attempt to emulate the ACT as closely…

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Visiting Colleges: A National Journey

It seems at this point in my college process, I think of the states not by name, but by what colleges I’ve visited. So instead of Ohio, Maryland, Vermont, Massachusettes and California; its Oberlin, Kenyon, Johns Hopkins, Goucher, Middlebury, University of Vermont, Wheaton, Pitzer and Occidental to name only a few. Each School shows its…

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Entering the Common App: The College Admissions Process

Well, it has finally begun. After three years of college being no more than a hypothetical for me, the common app has finally kickstarted the very real college admissions process. It’s somewhat terrifying to go into a virtual pen with hundreds of thousands of other students armed only with a few numbers, a list of…

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The SAT and Me: A tutoring Experience

Who knew three letters could engender (SAT word guys) so much fear in 11th graders nationwide? The SAT, bane of almost every junior in high school’s existence; the monster under our beds, and the test emphasized by almost everyone as one of the most important days of your school career. And as I soon learned,…

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