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

An average of 30,000 NYC eighth graders take the SHSAT every October. This 3-hour test is the only criterion for gaining entry into one of New York City’s nine specialized public schools. These schools combined accept only approximately 6,000 students each year, which means that 82% of those students who apply are rejected. The eight…

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We’ve got you covered: Here are your college entrance exam basics.

How do I choose between the SAT and the ACT? While the SAT and ACT are largely similar, here are some important differences that may affect which test you choose: The ACT includes a science section. If science and quantitative analysis (think: reading and analyzing graphs) are difficult for you, the SAT may be a better choice.…

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Ivy Tutors Network picked again in top 1%

Expertise has yet again selected Ivy Tutors for it’s top 1% of New York City tutoring agencies! We Looked at 1,973 Test Prep Tutors serving New York City and Picked the Top 19. Ivy Tutors Network recognizes that our clients have a lot of choices, so we feel deeply grateful for your choosing us, year after…

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What’s the difference between the SSAT and ISEE? Here’s your private school exam primer!

     Thinking about independent or boarding schools, or switching from one private school to another? You need to think about and prepare for the SSAT or ISEE. What’s the difference between these two exams, and when should your child start studying? Both standardized test companies offer tests ranging from the elementary, middle and upper…

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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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Fighting over screen (scream) time?

Some practical tips to help parents win the war over screen time Kids don’t come with operating instructions. Every child is different. Every parent is different. But almost every family struggles with how much screen time kids should have. (Not to mention how much screen time parents should have.) Parents are apoplectic how kids are…

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Test-Taking Cements Knowledge Better Than Studying, Researchers Say – The New York Times

To Really Learn, Quit Studying and Take a Test “I think that learning is all about retrieving, all about reconstructing our knowledge… Source: Test-Taking Cements Knowledge Better Than Studying, Researchers Say – The New York Times That’s why Ivy Tutors emphasizes taking diagnostic and practice tests at our test center. Schedule your SAT, ACT, SAT…

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Here’s Why We Invest In Making Mock Testing Available For All Students

This just happened: while our proctor was waiting for the last student to arrive to take a mock ACT test, the panicked father called to say they were running late. All streets were closed because of a half-marathon. They had abandoned their cab and were running pell-mell to the subway. “Would we please wait for her?” I…

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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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