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The IVY Blog

5 steps to improving your vocabulary, your SAT or ACT score, and your life.

Improving your vocabulary makes studying for the SAT, ACT, SSAT, and ISEE easier. It also help you become a faster reader and having a large vocabulary makes you seem smarter, which could open many doors. Here are the best tricks out there for building your vocabulary or teaching vocabulary in the classroom.

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Get your PSAT FAQ right here!

It’s December and PSAT results are in… Most schools in New York City automatically register 11th graders for the October PSAT exam, which is given in school during regular class time. In other words, the test is more or less mandatory. About 1.6 million 11th graders take the PSAT every year in the U.S. With…

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5 Tricks for Getting Better at Timed Tests

We’ve been in the game for over 16 years, working with students just like you. Almost all students face time pressure… And all face test anxiety. Here are a few things to work on – we know they work! #1 – Practice! Are you running out of time computing math problems? This could simply mean…

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To Tweak or Not To Tweak: Should you customize Your College Essay for your Early Decision Application?

“Help me! Vanderbilt came to my school and said they like social entrepreneurship. My essay’s about my family dinner. Should I change my essay?” We’re used to getting messages like this every year!   “The Yale admissions rep said they want ethical leaders, but my essay is about teaching dance to kids…” “UC Berkeley talked…

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17 tips for starting your college essay this summer!

At last, it’s Summer! Internships, lemonade, vacations, barbeques, camping trips, movies, beaches, mountains, your college essay…   Oh wait… your college essay?!   Fret not. The summer before your senior year could not be a better time to start brainstorming the oh-so-paramount college essay. Why? Because with all that fun and freedom, you now have…

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ACT Pre-Test Checklist

Signed up to take the ACT this Saturday? We want you to be as prepared as possible, but not to the point of burning out. That’s why our test prep experts advise against studying the night before. Here is your complete pre-test checklist for the ACT. We recommend printing it out and checking off each…

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ISEE Pre-Test Checklist

You’ve worked so hard to prepare for the ISEE and now the test is just a few days away. Our advice? Keep the stress level low and don’t cram the week before. Below is our complete ISEE Checklist. Print it out and go through each point as a family. Be proud of how much you’ve…

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SAT Pre-Test Checklist

Are you signed up to take the SAT soon? We want you to be as prepared as possible, but not to the point of burning out. That’s why our test prep experts advise against studying the night before. Here is your complete pre-test checklist for the SAT. We recommend printing it out and checking off…

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To SAT or To ACT? That is the question!

“Should I study for the SAT or the ACT?” is the first a question 10th and 11th graders (and their families) carefully consider before delving into the college application process. It’s also good to be in the know about what makes these two tests different and how they are similar even if your child is…

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