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Guessing on the New SAT

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Mar 18

You’ve probably focused most of your test-prep time on increasing the chances that you’ll know the right answer to questions on the SAT. But what about when you don’t know the answer? Is it ok to guess? The answer is a resounding YES! In this post, we’ll look at how guessing on the new SAT works on the test and discuss ways to make it an effective part of your

Conquering Senioritis

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Mar 05

Each year, shortly after second semester begins, millions of high school seniors are struck with a dangerous disease.  High school diplomas and college acceptances are among the damage inflicted by this infection, and it’s a plague that’s unlikely to be irradiated anytime soon.    It’s conquering senioritis.   And while it’s the sort of epidemic that the CDC can’t possibly hope to contain, thankfully there are a few things you can remind

Best Ways to Boost Your “Word Power” for the New SAT

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Feb 21

One of the big concerns many students continue to have regarding the new SAT is how to prepare for vocabulary questions.  In this post, we’ll look at how “word power” is evaluated in the new SAT and share two of the best ways to get ready.

The New Reading Section

The sentence completion portion of the reading section has historically filled test-takers with dread.  With its dependence on obscure

What To Do If Extreme Weather Impacts Your Test Date

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Feb 09

While “neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night” will stop a determined mail carrier, Mother Nature can definitely wreak havoc with SAT testing. The recent Winter Storm Jonas that shut down schools up and down the east coast is a perfect example of how weather can interfere with test taking. Here’s a look at what you need to know if you suspect weather may affect your

Line Upon Line: Equations You Should Know for Lines

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Jan 25

While the SAT math section includes a handful of useful formulas, all of these “freebies” are directly related to geometry.  There remain a significant number of important equations that you’ll need to know on your own to successfully navigate the math section of the test.  In this blog post, we’ll be looking at what equations you’ll need to know about graphing lines.

Equation of a Line: y = mx +

What You Need to Know About FAFSA

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Jan 17

FAFSA.  If you’re a graduating senior you’ve no doubt heard this word thrown around, but you may not be clear exactly what it means.  And while it may sound like an author that would show up on your AP reading lists (“Please compare and contrast the works of Kafka and FAFSA”) or a hot new Scandinavian dish (“Why, yes, I would love some FAFSA with my lutefisk!”) it is actually the key to

The New SAT Math Section

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Dec 09

While the redesigned SAT Reading and Writing sections have garnered a lot of attention (goodbye obscure vocabulary!), when the new test rolls out in 2016 expect the Math Test to be dramatically different as well.  Here are some of the major changes coming to how Math skills are evaluated on the SAT Math Section:

Less Breadth, More Depth

While the old SAT tried to take a wide-angle lens to

Preparing for Informational Graphic Questions on the New SAT Reading Test

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Nov 02

One of the most anticipated changes coming to the new SAT in 2016 is a revamped Reading section.  Particularly notable among the changes is the de-emphasis on obscure vocabulary and an increased focus on context, evidence, and analysis.  In an attempt to mimic real-life learning scenarios, all questions will now be based on provided passages of text.  Additionally, at least one of the passages on each test will include data presented in the

Test Anxiety Game Plan

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Oct 27

According to the American Test Anxieties Association, 34-38% of students experience at least moderately-high anxiety when it comes to taking exams.  Here are some strategies for keeping those test-day nerves in check when it comes to the SAT.

The Night Before

Practice Makes…Anxious

It may be tempting to think sneaking in one more practice test or spending the evening drilling on a difficult section

Getting Into BU

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Oct 17

Anthony we want to offer you an athletic scholarship” At that moment I could not have been more excited, but his following words were not what I wanted to hear. “We need you to score higher on your SATs in order for you to be qualified.” My heart sank. I couldn’t believe that my scores were not high enough. My goal was to take the SATs one time, with minimal studying, and hope my soccer