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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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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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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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How many times should I take the SAT?

I only took the test once. It was a May test. It was such a horrible experience for me getting up extremely early on a Saturday and sitting through the first long exam of my life that even though I didn’t get the top score that I wanted, I never wanted to take the test…

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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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