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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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Justin Taylor Explains How to WOW Colleges with your College Essay (or “Personal Statement”)

College essay: two words that strike fear in the minds of high schoolers across the nation. But they don’t have to.   Rather than a grueling, erudite self-promotion pitch, your college essay offers you an opportunity to connect to your deepest Want, your Original voice, and your Wisdom (maturity) – your WOW – and share it…

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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 New York City’s nine specialized public schools. These schools combined only accept approximately 6,000 students each year, which means that 82% of those students who apply are rejected.   The specialized…

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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 grades. Many…

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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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