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Author: Sarah Good

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Sarah Good is a journalist who has covered everything from small town elections to international financial fraud. She is also private tutor with more than 10 years experience unraveling the mysteries of standardized tests and college applications.

Posted March 22, 2019, noon by Sarah Good | View Comments
Test Prep Tutoring

Testing season is upon us. As high school students begin to study for the SAT and ACT, many will turn to private test-prep tutors to help them tackle the test with confidence. Tutors can help familiarize you with the format, teach you new material, and help your get your mental game ready for the stress of test day. There are, however, a lot of tutoring options to sift through. How can you choose the test-prep tutor who is the right match for your learning style and personality? Try asking potential tutors these seven questions to help determine if they are ...

Posted March 15, 2019, 11 a.m. by Sarah Good | View Comments
Community-Service-Project

If you’re planning to apply to college, you’ve already thought about community service. Admissions offices love it and some high schools even require it for graduation. So maybe you’ve volunteered at a local food pantry or have been researching opportunities at a nearby hospital. (And if you’re looking for more opportunities, we’ve got plenty to inspire you.) But there’s another option: You could create your own community service project. Why create your own community service project? First, it allows you to tailor your volunteer experience very precisely to your strengths, goals, and passions. Also, self-directed projects look great on college ...

Posted Feb. 28, 2019, 8 a.m. by Sarah Good | View Comments
Gap Year Big City

So you’ve decided to take a gap year. Now it’s time to consider your options: Are you looking for a service project in a rural village? A few months of studying at a foreign university? A wilderness trek? If you find yourself drawn to the idea of immersing yourself in the culture, bustle, and personality of a new city, there are plenty of options to consider. From domestic destinations like New York City and Chicago, to adventures abroad in places like Berlin or Cape Town, your choices span the globe. Planning A Big City Gap Year Here are six programs ...

Posted Feb. 15, 2019, 10 a.m. by Sarah Good | View Comments
STEM summer program

Whether you’re completely set on pursuing an engineering degree, wavering between biology and art history, or just curious what oceanography is all about, the summer is the perfect time to turn your STEM daydreams into a reality. But why should you skip the summer job or the chance to hang out with your friends for a STEM program? Consider these benefits: 1. Have an adventure Many summer STEM programs give students the opportunity to explore with the eyes of a scientist. So you won’t just be going somewhere new, you will be learning to see it in a new way. ...

Posted Aug. 31, 2018, 11:40 a.m. by Sarah Good | View Comments
high school girl wearing striped shirt worrying over a test.

Preparing for a big exam is always a daunting proposition. And that goes double for college admissions tests like the ACT. The ACT, as you probably know, is one of the two major tests colleges accept with applications. The other is the SAT. The ACT is divided into four multiple-choice sections plus an optional essay. The English section tests grammar, punctuation and syntax. The math section tests math, of course, with the most advanced questions hitting precalculus concepts like trigonometry and imaginary numbers. The Reading section is a pretty basic reading comprehension test. The Science section assesses your ability to ...

Posted May 29, 2018, 10 a.m. by Sarah Good | View Comments
pencils and answer sheets for college admissions tests like the ACT and SAT

It’s time to start thinking about the big college admissions test. So which one will it be: the SAT or the ACT? Let us help you figure it out. What are the differences in the format? Both the ACT and SAT include four multiple-choice sections presented in the same order every time. The SAT includes reading, writing and language, math with a calculator, and math without a calculator. The ACT includes English, math, reading, and science. Both include an optional essay. With essay, the SAT lasts 3 hours and 50 minutes, and the ACT takes 3 hours and 35 minutes. ...