The IVY Blog

What Formulas and Definitions to Memorize for the ACT and SAT

The ACT and SAT math sections cover such a wide variety of topics and principles that it can be challenging to know which ones to study. To that end, we’ve created the following list of formulas and definitions that almost always come up somewhere on these tests.

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SSAT, ISEE and School Exams: How to Lower Your Stress When Testing At Home

Follow these tips to help your at-home test go smoothly. It may seem like extra effort for something that’s supposed to be convenient, but the pay-off is key: creating a window of time for the test where you feel alert, calm and focused, confident that all your hard work to keep up on school work and prepare will be reflected in your test score.

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Comprehensive Guide to SAT and ACT: Deciding Between Exams, Preparing, and More

For decades, the SAT and ACT have been the crucible of college admissions. We recently assembled a panel of seasoned test prep and college admissions experts to field the many questions facing students this year in deciding whether to take the SAT or ACT, which test to take, and how to prepare. Here’s what they had to say. 

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What is Academic Anxiety & How Can You Beat It?

Everyone feels stressed out about a test sometimes; it’s normal to be concerned when the outcome of any situation is unknown. But how do we go from being unsure we’ll perform well on that test, to going completely blank, second-guessing every answer choice and running out of time? Read on for important practices and tricks to prevent your body from experiencing anxiety on test day.

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How To Write A College Essay: Do’s and Don’ts

The college essay is an opportunity to directly address admissions officers and help you stand out from the “numbers” of grades and scores – and from other applicants – or fade into the masses.

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MORE Common Algebra Mistakes And How to Avoid Them

Navigating algebra’s many twists and turns comes with plenty of practice, including understanding what happened when you made a mistake, and why the right answer is in fact right. Read on for part 2 of the definitive guide to #cancelling these common errors.

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SHSAT Test Prep: What You Need to Know

As the pandemic has wreaked havoc on the quality of education this year, you may be rightfully concerned that your child hasn’t absorbed the necessary skills and critical thinking to place into NYC’s specialized high schools. Here’s our guide to developing a SHSAT test prep strategy that will cater to your child’s individual strengths and weaknesses.

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Five Strategies for Optimizing Your Time on the SAT or ACT Math Section

The key to excelling at the SAT and ACT Math sections is not just knowing the material, but having a wise strategy to save time on the test. By mastering both the “what” and “how” of ACT and SAT prep, you’ll maximize your chances of receiving your best score.

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Common Algebra Mistakes And How to Avoid Them

Whether you are a beginning algebra student, or a confident calculus whiz, students of all levels make these and similar errors. By mastering these concepts, you’ll overcome a common trap: memorizing a series of steps to take to solve an individual problem.

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