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Category: Tutoring & Test Prep

Posted July 22, 2014, 10 a.m. by Sara Zhou | View Comments
studying for standardized tests

With admission rates plummeting year after year, the Class of 2015 is gearing up for what looks to be a tough academic year. Much of the focus is placed on who will get in where, but this time of year is also ideal test-preparation time for lowerclassmen. For those juggling college applications with an already-tight school life or just starting to think about the college process, there’s good news yet. There’s one thing you can easily conquer—and despite its legendary menace, it’s only three letters long. Diagnostic Tests What is the SAT? (A) Scholastic Aptitude Test (B) Requirement for College ...

Posted July 20, 2014, noon by Sara Zhou | View Comments
Test-Optional May Not Be as Optional as You Think

For all that trivia and testing techniques that I know about the SAT, I don’t much like the test itself. According to a recent study by the American Educational Research Association, there is a clear relationship between economic privilege and standardized testing performance. Other critics point out that doing well on the test is much more influenced by who has the chance to hire SAT tutors than in academic ability. When the SAT-optional movement picked up momentum a few years ago, it seemed that there was an answer to all these problems. More Opportunity for More Students Students seemed to ...

Posted July 7, 2014, 10 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
Reasons to take the PSATs

For many high school students, the PSAT is their first big standardized test. The PSAT is often considered a practice test, but it is technically a preliminary test for the SAT, with one big distinction: Scoring well can get you named as a National Merit Scholar finalist and earn you cash for college. It’s the perfect test to figure out your best strategies for test prep, especially if you’re a sophomore taking it for the first time. The PSAT has three categories worth 80 points each: reading, writing and math. A perfect score would be 240 Points. The test takes ...

Posted July 1, 2014, 1 p.m. by Sara Zhou | View Comments
3 Time-Saving Study Techniques

We’ve all been there before. It’s an ungodly hour in the night-slash-morning—Is that the sun rising outside your window? —And you’re online, browsing old Yahoo Answer threads with informative titles like “HELP??! Chemistry!” Perhaps this is not the best way to finishing your stoichiometry study set. But what better methods can there be? To help you through finals despair and aid you in all endeavors desk-related, we’ve compiled some of our favorite study techniques. For a more efficient and pleasant study experience, you may want to try out these five techniques. Speed Reading If you’re ever tempted to skip a ...

Posted May 9, 2014, 2:36 p.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
Taking the SATs

Everyone knows how important standardized tests are in the college application process. But what about SAT Subject Tests? How important are they to college admissions and should everyone take them? What are SAT Subject Tests? SAT Subject Tests are hour-long content based tests, which allow you to demonstrate proficiency in a specific subject. There are 20 Subject Tests in all and unlike the SAT where you have to complete all three sections, you get to choose which Subject Tests you would like to take. Subject Tests are offered on the same dates as the SAT and you can take up ...

Posted May 5, 2014, 3:02 p.m. by Magoosh | View Comments
5 Facts Every Parent Should Know About the SAT

Parents are so inundated with information regarding the SAT that they often have trouble knowing fact from fiction, truth from hyperbole. For years, I’ve dealt with such misconceptions and uncertainty any time I talk to a parent. If I had to think of five things I wanted every “SAT parent” to know, five important facts to help them navigate through the welter of confusion, I would tell them the following. Students can improve on the SAT. There is a myth that the SAT is a glorified IQ test, and a student’s score is impervious to change: it is as hard-wired ...

Posted March 25, 2014, 2 p.m. by Andrew Belasco | View Comments
10 Tips for Landing College Scholarships

Attempts to navigate the world of private college scholarships often result in students and families left adrift in the proverbial mile-wide, inch-deep ocean of cyberspace. Let the following tips serve as your guide, helping you to streamline your search for the “best-fit” scholarships and maximize your chances at emerging with the ultimate prize: Substantial funds for your college education. 10 College Scholarship Tips 1. Save time by visiting top scholarship databases You could Google until your fingers go numb and still not uncover a fraction of the legitimate scholarship opportunities that have been prescreened and neatly packed into the following ...

Posted March 11, 2014, 4:54 p.m. by Scott Wilson | View Comments
5 Tips to Be a Great Online Tutor

Tutors are doing more of their work these days online, but are they doing it well? As the CEO and founder of Tutor Tango LLC, a company focused on delivering the best possible online tutoring experience, I’m very much concerned with the quality of instruction and mentoring delivered by our tutors. To help them out, I’ve established some guidelines based on the input of students and parents who’ve tried our service; on the input of tutors and teachers who’ve worked extensively online; and on my own experiences as both an online and in-person tutor. In sum, I’ve found that the ...

Posted March 6, 2014, 12:57 p.m. by Customer Service | View Comments
The New SAT

The college application process is about to see some dramatic changes. The New SAT This week, the College Board announced plans to refocus and realign the SAT—a test loathed and feared by so many high school students. Possibly as a result of a study released by the National Association for College Admissions Counseling, which proved that strong grades are a better indicator of academic performance than test scores, the College Board will make the SAT more focused around the high school curriculum. The New York Times article published this month, “A New SAT Aims to Realign With Schoolwork,” explains the ...

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