Entries by Shane

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The First Step in Test Prep

The first step in planning your test prep is understanding what score you’re going to
need in order to get into the school you want. The key to getting accepted into a specific school has as much to do with staying out of the “No” pile as anything else. The easiest way for an admissions officer to stamp “Denied” on an application is if a student’s GPA and test scores don’t match what they’re looking for.

What do you do when you get your PSAT scores back?

If you’re a sophomore or freshman, you’re going to use the scores very differently than if you’re a junior. For Juniors, the PSAT score is a fantastic way to look at exactly what you need to work on before that test. For sophomores, it’s going to tell you exactly what to work on before you take the test as juniors.

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Here’s the only way your SAT or ACT score is important

I get to work with a couple of hundred students every year. One of the most frequent conversations we have goes something like this. “I only got a 1260 on my SAT.” “That’s a great score.” “But everyone else is getting better scores.” No, not everyone else is getting better scores. A 1260 is a […]

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8 steps to preparing for the SAT or for the ACT

Students face two huge obstacles as they get ready for the SAT or ACT. The toughest is finding the time. They’re busy and their schedules are extremely full already. Blocking out an hour or two a day to focus on a test that won’t have an immediate impact on their grades is tough when that […]

Should you take the SAT or the ACT?

“Should I take the SAT or ACT?” It’s by far the most frequent question we get asked. That makes sense. It’s also the most important question to answer. Before the SAT changed in 2016, the logic was to take each test once, see which one you did better on, then focus on that test. Logically […]

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4 ways to prepare for your freshman year of college

As the first day of college draws nearer, here are a few tips to prepare. Orientation This tip is probably the easiest to embrace because for most colleges orientation is mandatory. However, this can be a pivotal couple of days. You get to know the campus, other students, and the classes you will be taking. […]