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Answer to Vocabulary Challenge

Did you try the vocabulary challenge on our newsletter?  Here are the answers!   1.) Insipid - dull or boring 2.) Placate - calm someone down 3.) Tout - praise 4.) Wry - grim sense of humor

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...

Financial Aid timeline

This table will show you a timeline of what to expect, and what you will need to be doing from your Sophomore year up until you start college! 

“Adversity Score” being added to the SAT

A New "adversity score" is being added to the SAT to take into account such things as educational or socioeconomic disadvantage that may lower students’ scores. It has been a concern that the SAT can be unfavorable to certain groups, and colleges have noticed this for...

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?

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?

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....

What to expect from test prep

How much time to do I need to spend studying for the SAT?  How much will it help my score?   Just about every college bound high school student needs answers to those two questions.  The SAT is a completely different type of test than high school exams, and that...

Scores pending… now what??

Most students learn their SAT scores by logging on to their college board account 2 weeks after taking the test, but some log on to see the dreaded “scores pending” message.  If that happened to you, it’s understandable that you’re frustrated!  The reason your scores...