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Christine Sarikas

Christine graduated from Michigan State University with degrees in Environmental Biology and Geography and received her Master's from Duke University. In high school she scored in the 99th percentile on the SAT and was named a National Merit Finalist. She has taught English and biology in several countries.

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When Is the December SAT? Should You Take It?

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Jan 12, 2020 7:43:00 PM

SAT Logistics, SAT General Info

The December SAT is your final chance to take the SAT of the year, and for many colleges, it's the final SAT they accept before application deadlines. But is it the best SAT date for you?

There are important pros and cons to the December SAT, and we'll go over each of them in this guide. We'll also explain key December SAT dates, such as what day the test is on, when you need to register by, and when you (and the schools you apply to) will receive your scores.

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Is AP Statistics Hard? An Expert Discussion

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Jan 6, 2020 11:00:00 AM

Advanced Placement (AP)

AP Statistics is a popular class to take in high school. Many college majors require students to complete a statistics course, and taking it in high school frees up a space in your college schedule. But is this the best choice to make? Is AP Statistics hard? Will you be able to manage the class?

In this guide, we'll look at data, course material, and student perceptions to give you a clear idea of the difficulty level of the AP Statistics class and exam. We'll also go over tips for figuring out how challenging AP Statistics will likely be for you based on three key factors.

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The Best ISEE Practice Tests

Many students applying to private schools need to submit ISEE scores. The ISEE is known for being a tough exam, and preparing for it can help you reach the score you’re aiming for. But where can you find the best ISEE practice tests? And how can you make the most of them? We’ve collected the absolutely best ISEE test prep resources, both free and paid, in this guide to help you with your ISEE studying. 

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What Is a Good ISEE Score?

The Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) is a standardized test for students in grades 2 through 12 take to apply to many private schools. ISEE score reports are known for containing a lot of information, most of it not very intuitive. So what do these scores mean? Which are the ones schools care about? And what is a good ISEE score? Read on for the answers to all these questions!

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The 16 Best SAT Math Tips and Tricks

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Dec 31, 2019 12:00:00 PM

SAT Math

Many students taking the SAT are most daunted by the Math section. There are a lot of questions covering a lot of topics that you need to answer in a short amount of time. Fortunately, you can enter the exam room feeling prepared and confident for SAT Math. This guide contains the 16 best SAT Math tips and tricks you should be using. They cover all the bases from the time you begin studying to the moment time is called on the exam and you put your pencil down.

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4 Top Tips to Write a Stellar Syracuse Essay

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Dec 30, 2019 3:00:00 PM

College Essays

Getting admitted to Syracuse has only gotten tougher in recent years, and its current acceptance rate is about 50%. You’ll need a strong application to get admitted, and that includes your essays. You’ll need to write two supplemental essays as part of your Syracuse application, and we’re here to guide you through every step of the process. Read this guide to learn what the essay prompts are, what the admissions team is really looking for in your responses, what you can write about (and what to avoid), and what strong examples of Syracuse essays look like.

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When Is the November SAT? Should You Take It?

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Dec 22, 2019 7:25:00 PM

SAT Logistics, SAT General Info

During November, you're thinking about Thanksgiving, the upcoming holidays, and....the SAT? Maybe! One of the SAT's seven annual test dates is offered in November, and it may be the exam date you choose.

However, before you sign up for the November SAT, you need to make sure it's the right test date for you. In this guide, we go over all the key November SAT test dates, such as when you need to register by and when you'll receive your scores, and we also go over every key pro and con you should consider before deciding to take the SAT in November.

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When Is the October SAT? Should You Take It?

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Dec 22, 2019 7:24:00 PM

SAT Logistics, SAT General Info

At the beginning of the school year, you may be focusing on your classes and not thinking much about college applications or the SAT. However, October can be a great time to take the SAT. For juniors, it's a way to get in that first SAT with plenty of time for retakes, and for seniors, it gives you a final chance to get a great SAT score before college application deadlines.

But is the SAT October test date the right test date for you? In this article, we explain everything you need to know about the October SAT, including when you need to register by and when you (and colleges) will receive your scores. We also walk you through every question you should ask yourself before deciding on the October SAT test date.

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3 Writing Tips for the University of Florida Essay Prompts

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Dec 19, 2019 5:00:00 PM

College Essays

Are you applying to the University of Florida? There are six essay prompts you’ll need to answer as part of your application: one long essay and five shorter prompts in the University of Florida supplement. Many people rush through the shorter UF essay prompts, but they are an important part of your application. Read this guide to learn what the University of Florida essay prompts are, what admissions officers are looking for in your response, what you should include and avoid in your answers, and what strong UF college essay examples look like.

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What Is the FE Exam? 3 Top Tips for Your Prep

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Dec 18, 2019 12:00:00 PM

General Education

Are you an engineering student who has been hearing about the FE exam? If you want to become a professional licensed engineer, one of the first steps towards that goal is passing this exam. But what is the FE exam? Why are there so many different versions of it? What will it test you on, and how hard is it to pass? We’ll answer all your questions about the FE exam in this in-depth guide.

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The Best US History Regents Review Guide 2020

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Dec 16, 2019 4:00:00 PM

General Education

Taking US History in preparation for the Regents test? The next US History Regents exam dates are Wednesday, January 22nd and Thursday, June 18th, both at 9:15am. Will you be prepared?

You may have heard the test is undergoing some significant changes. In this guide, we explain everything you need to know about the newly-revised US History Regents exam, from what the format will look like to which topics it'll cover. We also include official sample questions of every question type you'll see on this test and break down exactly what your answers to each of them should include.

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The Best Earth Science Regents Review Guide for 2020

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Dec 16, 2019 1:00:00 PM

General Education

The next Earth Science Regents exams will be held on January 24th (at 9:15AM) and June 19th (at 1:15PM). Will you be prepared? In this guide, we explain everything you need to know about the Earth Science Regents exam, from what format the test will follow to which topics it'll cover. We also include official sample questions of every question type you'll see on this exam and break down exactly what your answers to each of them should include.

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Understanding Ozymandias: Expert Poem Analysis

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Dec 9, 2019 12:00:00 PM

General Education

With its heavy irony and iconic line, "Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!" "Ozymandias" is one of the most famous poems of the Romantic era. It was written by Percy Bysshe Shelley in 1817 and eventually became his most famous work. The poem describes the half-buried remnants of a statue of Egyptian pharaoh Ramesses II and contrasts the pharaoh's proud words with his ruined likeness.

In this guide, we give the background on how "Ozymandias" was created, explain the key Ozymandias meaning, and discuss the poetic devices used in this poem. By the end of this article, you'll have a complete understanding of "Ozymandias."

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Understanding The Raven: Expert Poem Analysis

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Dec 9, 2019 10:00:00 AM

General Education

"The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe is one of the most well-known poems ever written. It brought its author worldwide fame and has frequently been analyzed, performed, and parodied. But what about this poem makes it so special?

In this guide, we give you a complete overview of "The Raven," discussing everything from the sad stories behind its creation and what is actually going on between the narrator and the raven, to its themes and the poetic devices it uses so effectively.

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SSAT Test Dates: Complete Guide to Choosing (2019, 2020)

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Dec 8, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Other High School

When are the upcoming SSAT test dates? How often is this test administered? Students hoping to attend private schools often need to take the SSAT, and since this test is only given a few times a year, it's important to know the upcoming SSAT test dates so you can register early enough to ensure you get a spot.

In this guide, we provide you with a chart of the upcoming SSAT test dates, which makes it easy to see when you can take the test and when you need to register for it. We also give tips on test fees, explain what to expect on test day, and offer advice on when you should take the SSAT.

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