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What PSAT scores qualify for the National Merit Scholarship?

What PSAT scores qualify for the National Merit Scholarship?

With PSAT scores coming out in the near future, you might be wondering whether your PSAT scores will qualify for the National Merit Scholarship.  The PSAT offered in October of each year doubles as the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT), so if you did...

Glossary of SAT Math Terms

Glossary of SAT Math Terms

I’ve compiled a list of the most important vocabulary words for the SAT math section in this glossary. Keep it handy as you prep for the big test.

PODCAST: Deciding between the SAT and ACT

PODCAST: Deciding between the SAT and ACT

I was recently interviewed by Mike Bergin and Amy Seeley for the podcast "Tests and the Rest."  We chatted about how we help our students figure out whether they should take the SAT or ACT.  We also talked about the specific differences between the two tests,...

10 Ways SAT and ACT Prep Enhance College Readiness

10 Ways SAT and ACT Prep Enhance College Readiness

When students come to my tutoring center, they have one very specific goal: to improve their score on the SAT or ACT.  I’m happy to help them achieve that goal, but as a professional educator, I have my own motivation.  I want to help my students with a lot more than...

Managing Test Anxiety

Managing Test Anxiety

As the director of a tutoring center, I work with students who are experiencing test anxiety every day.  Most of us find that being confronted with an important test will make our heart beat a little faster, our palms get a little sweaty, and our stomach feel a little...

“Adversity Score” being added to the SAT

“Adversity Score” being added to the SAT

*** UPDATE 11/23/19  **** Due to public outcry, the College Board has decided not to provide a single adversity score when they send scores to colleges.  However, the dashboard with the underlying data will still be made avaialble to admissions departmetns.   ***...

Success Strategies for the SAT Math Sections

Success Strategies for the SAT Math Sections

Since the SAT is a standardized test, there are some things about it that are quite predictable.  Section 3 will be the no calculator math section.  It will have 15 multiple choice and 5 grid-in questions, and you will have 25 minutes to complete them. Section 4 will...

SAT vs. ACT: How do you decide?

SAT vs. ACT: How do you decide?

The SAT and ACT are viewed as equal and interchangeable by all four year colleges in the country, but here in Pennsylvania, the SAT is by far the more popular.  I think that’s because back when people my age (ahem!) took their SATs, certain schools required certain...

Should you read the whole passge?

Should you read the whole passge?

After nearly two decades as a test prep teacher and tutor, I’ve heard a lot of conflicting advice for the SAT and ACT reading comprehension sections.  Here’s a selection of my favorites:   Look over the questions before you start to read. Just skim the passage....

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