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Is the ACT Hard? 9 Key Factors, Considered

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Oct 22, 2016 9:00:00 AM

ACT General Info

The ACT is a nerve-wracking test considering the impact scores can have on college admissions prospects. But how hard is the ACT, really? It's intimidating, sure, but it's not as difficult as it seems. The material on the ACT becomes much less challenging if you're familiar with the structure of the test and the way questions are asked.

In this article, I'll go over a few aspects of the ACT that tend to make it more or less difficult and provide essential tips on how to get past some of these obstacles and end up with a great score! 

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7 Most Common SAT Math Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Posted by Dora Seigel | Oct 22, 2016 8:30:00 AM

SAT Math

I spent several years tutoring students in SAT Math, and many found the section frustrating. The first test-takers for the new SAT in March felt the same. Some struggled because they felt their strong suit was English and were irked by the content, mental math, and the pacing of SAT Math. Others found that although they considered themselves excellent math students, they struggled to finish and get the score they want.

No matter what group they fell into, students tended to make the same 7 mistakes on the SAT Math section. In this guide, I’ll tell you what those mistakes are, give you examples, and let you know to avoid making these mistakes in the future.

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Should I Add Supplemental Recommendation Letters?

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Oct 22, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Letters of Recommendation

Maybe you spent the last year interning in a business and know your supervisor could write a stellar letter about your work ethic and passion for economics. Or you have a long term music teacher who can speak to your lifelong dedication to playing the piano. Or maybe you attend a school with thousands of students and feel like you’ve barely said ten words to your counselor or classroom teachers all year long.

If any of these scenarios hits home, then you might be considering sending a supplemental recommendation letter along with your college application. Before sending any extra materials, though, you should think hard about whether it’s the right course of action. This guide will discuss when it’s appropriate to send supplemental recommendations and when you’d be better off holding back.

To start, what are some reasons students think they should send an additional rec letter?

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17 SAT Hacks to Help You Ace the Exam

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Oct 8, 2016 9:00:00 AM

SAT Strategies

Standardized tests have a reputation for presenting questions in formats that are tricky and confusing. Wouldn't it be great if there was a way to get past all that and take a shortcut to the correct answer? This article provides expert SAT hacks to help you solve SAT questions that might otherwise leave you stumped!

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4 Steps to Figure Out What Any ACT Math Question Is Asking

Posted by Vero Lecocq | Oct 8, 2016 8:00:00 AM

ACT Math


ACT Math questions can be confusing. Many leave readers wondering what's being asked and where to start. That's why it's such a good idea to have a reliable method for dissecting these questions in your back pocket. That way, whenever you sit down to a confusing ACT Math problem, you know where to turn.

In this artcile, I outline four fool-proof steps to clearing up what a question is asking, as well as offering a few other tips for attacking ACT Math.

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The Expert's Guide to the AP Calculus AB Exam

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Oct 7, 2016 8:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

Are you taking the AP Calculus AB exam this spring and want to be well prepared on test day? The AP Calculus AB exam is generally held on Thursday morning of the first week of testing.

Before you sit down to take the final exam, it’s critical to know how the test is formatted, what topics it will cover, and how you’ll be scored. This guide will go over all of that information, as well as show you official sample problems and give you tips on the best way to prepare for AP Calculus AB. 

The exam has undergone recent updates that will first be implemented on the May 2017 exam, so this guide will also explain what changes have been made and how they affect your review. The AP Calculus AB exam can sometimes seem overwhelming, but this guide will break it down into clear and manageable information. Let’s get started!

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SAT Security Protocols: What to Expect on Test Day

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Oct 7, 2016 7:00:00 PM

SAT Logistics

The security of standardized testing materials is critical in preserving the relevance and fairness of the test as a whole. Since so many students around the world take the SAT, it can be difficult to prevent leaks, but the College Board does have many measures in place to keep confidential questions from being released to the public. In this article, I'll go over the specifics of the SAT security measures, explain the most recent breaches in test security, and review what all of this means for you. 

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The 4 Best ACT Apps (and How to Use Them in Your Prep)

Posted by Justin Berkman | Oct 2, 2016 9:00:00 AM

ACT General Info, ACT Strategies


You can use apps to order food, watch sports, make yourself look like an octogenarian, and even study for the ACT. ACT apps are a somewhat recent phenomenon, but they're pretty appealing. After all, studying on your phone sounds like way more fun than doing it in a book. 

Unfortunately, apps aren't enough to prepare you for the test on their own, but they can be helpful resource. In this article, I'll explain what ACT prep apps are, list the best ACT apps (most of which are free!), and offer tips on how to use them effectively. 

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10 Last-Minute PSAT Cramming Tips

Posted by Vero Lecocq | Oct 2, 2016 8:00:00 AM

PSAT Info and Strategies

The PSAT is coming up—fast. 

Test day will be here whether you've been studying or not. For the SAT, I would recommend delaying for a later test date, but that's not really possible with the PSAT.

If you have less than three weeks left,  you're going to have to cram.

So? How are you best going to prepare for the exam?

In this article, I'll guide you through how to prepare quickly, including what to focus on for each section of the test and the best test-day techniques.

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The Easy Guide to the 30-60-90 Triangle

Posted by Courtney Montgomery | Sep 28, 2016 6:02:00 PM

Acute, obtuse, isosceles, equilateral….When it comes to triangles, there are many different varieties, but only a choice few that are “special.” These special triangles have sides and angles which are consistent and predictable and can be used to shortcut your way through your geometry or trigonometry problems. And a 30-60-90 triangle—pronounced “thirty sixty ninety”—happens to be a very special type of triangle indeed.

In this guide, we’ll walk you through what a 30-60-90 triangle is, why it works, and when (and how) to use your knowledge of it. So let’s get to it!

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The 7 Fundamental Gemini Traits, Explained

Posted by Dora Seigel | Sep 24, 2016 6:00:00 PM

Gemini traits are more varied than those of other astrological signs. While most signs have one very prominent trait (for example, Capricorns are notoriously ambitious), Geminis, those born between May 21 and June 21, can be social, talkative, and whimsical, but they can also be indecisive or nosy. Some Geminis love to be the center of attention; others love to gossip. They’re typically passionate yet easy-going beings who are always down for an adventure or intellectual conversation.

If you hang out with a Gemini, only one thing’s certain: you’ll never be bored. 

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Is the SAT Hard? Expert Analysis of 8 Key Factors

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Sep 17, 2016 9:00:00 AM

SAT General Info

A test that has so much influence over where you go to college is bound to be a bit scary, but how hard is the SAT, really? Despite its fearsome reputation, the test isn't as difficult as it seems at first glance.

Overcoming the difficulties presented by the SAT is a matter of spending enough time studying areas that are tough for you and practicing questions that you might find confusing at first glance. Whether or not you find the SAT hard initially, this article will give you the tools you need to surmount its challenges and come out on top.

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Ultimate Guide to Pre-Law: 13 Tips to Prepare for Law School

Posted by Justin Berkman | Sep 17, 2016 8:00:00 AM

College Info


Do you want to be a lawyer? In the United States, you need to graduate from a 4-year college and then go to law school if you want to practice law.

What is the best way to prepare for law school? What should you be doing in your undergraduate years to make yourself the most competitive applicant? In this article, I'll tell you about the best pre-law majors and inform you about what you need to do to get into the law school of your dreams.

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Words in Context: Key SAT Reading and Writing Strategies

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Sep 16, 2016 8:00:00 PM

SAT Writing, SAT Reading

There are no more sentence completion questions on the SAT, so your vocabulary knowledge will be tested with questions that fall under the umbrella of the Words in Context subscore. In this article, I'll give you the inside scoop on what these questions are, what forms they might take in both the Reading and Writing sections, and which strategies work best for solving them accurately. 

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ACT Photo ID: 3 Requirements You Must Know

Posted by Justin Berkman | Sep 16, 2016 7:00:00 PM

ACT Logistics


The ACT has implemented a number of security measures to maintain the integrity of the exam. One such measure is requiring test takers to show a photo ID. If you don't have an appropriate ID with you on test day, you may not be allowed to take the ACT.

In this article, I'll detail all of the ACT photo ID requirements. What's an acceptable form of ID? What should you do if you don't have a photo ID? Read more to find out.

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