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Instructional tips and advice on how to prepare for the ACT, SAT, PSAT, or AP exams. In addition figuring out the world of standardized testing, we tackle other topics related to the admissions process such as application essays, being wait-listed and the pros and cons of online tutoring. Read our blogs for more information about the test-taking process.

  • Five Things to Know About Choosing Colleges
    by admin on November 12, 2020 at 6:39 pm

    As we head into what is likely to be a competitive admissions cycle, it will be doubly important for students to think carefully and strategically when choosing which colleges to apply to. In this post, we delve into the best ways to research schools, figure out whether a school is a good fit, build a strategic college list, demonstrate your interest, and connect with schools before applying. Let’s dive in! 1. College Research Tips What’s the best […]

  • Five Things to Know About College Interviews
    by admin on October 29, 2020 at 6:00 pm

    After all of the hard work you put into your Common App, essay, and supplements, it’s easy for the college interview to feel like an afterthought. And it’s true that, traditionally, the interview was among the less important aspects of your college application. But in 2020, with many students’ school transcripts and SAT/ACT testing disrupted, the interview has taken on a new importance in the college admissions process. Below, we dive into the most important things to know as you prepare […]

  • Five Things to Know About Extracurricular Activities
    by admin on October 22, 2020 at 6:30 pm

    We all know that extracurricular activities play an important role in college admissions. For one, a strong activities list can help you stand out in a competitive field. Moreover, how you choose to spend your time outside of class gives admissions officers a sense of who you are as a person: What do you enjoy? What do you care about? Are you the right fit for this particular school? So how do you create a compelling extracurricular profile? Below, we talk about the five key elements that you […]

  • Five Things to Know About College Essays
    by admin on October 14, 2020 at 4:30 pm

    Although many students are daunted by college essays, we think they are one of the most enjoyable parts of the application process. And, this year, they are also among the most important. With transcripts and test scores disrupted for many students, admissions officers are leaning even more heavily than usual on college essays to identify who will earn a coveted spot on the “admitted” list. Below, we dive into five of the most important factors to consider as you write your Common App and […]

  • Managing Internal Resistance During Testing
    by admin on February 22, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    T here’s no way to sugarcoat it: testing can be stressful. It forces us to take a hard look at our abilities and limitations. The prep requires committed, long-term work. The possibility that we won’t succeed can produce all kinds of anxieties. Learning to manage these factors is a crucial (but often overlooked) aspect of test prep. Doing so is important not only for maintaining mental health. It also determines the score we ultimately achieve, because our emotions and our wider […]

  • Mock Tests:The Secret to Successful Standardized Testing
    by admin on February 16, 2018 at 11:42 pm

    Y ou wouldn’t show up on game day without putting in some practice, or walk onstage without any rehearsal. Test taking is no different. As well as learning the content, successful standardized test-takers practice improving their focus, endurance, and confidence in a testing environment. In our experience, mock tests are the single most useful technique for developing your test-taking skills—whether you’re preparing for the SHSAT, SAT, ACT, LSAT, or indeed any standardized test. […]

  • What is Super-Scoring for Standardized Tests?
    by admin on February 16, 2018 at 11:02 pm

    O ver time, the College Board and the college admissions officers have made their approach to the SAT Test more flexible. In an effort to allow students to show themselves off at their best, the College Board and college admissions officers have allowed them to highlight their best efforts on the SAT Test. This began with the College Board’s re-introduction of score choice in 2008, whereby students could elect to send or withhold their SAT Test score after seeing the results. This […]

  • What to Do the Day Before the Bar Exam
    by admin on February 16, 2018 at 11:00 pm

    T he single more important thing you can do on the day before the NYS Bar Exam is to try and rest up. Check into your hotel, or if you are staying with friends or in your own home, treat it as if it were a hotel. Try to shut out the rest of the world as much as possible. If Bar preparation can be seen as a marathon, the sprint you will have to take in this final mile is often the most taxing both mentally and physically. Right before the exam, try not to study. If you did what you were […]

  • What Not to Write About in Your College Essay, Part III
    by admin on February 16, 2018 at 10:56 pm

    I n two previous posts, we started explaining the topics you shouldn’t write about in your college essay. There are many pitfalls in the essay-writing process—some of which you perhaps wouldn’t expect. Read on for three final topics to avoid as you begin crafting your own personal statement. People Who Have Inspired You Many college applicants write about someone who has influenced them, perhaps a relative, or a teacher, or someone they met through a community service program […]

  • What Not to Write About in Your College Essay, Part II
    by admin on February 16, 2018 at 10:51 pm

    I n a previous blog post we talked about some things that you should avoid in your college essay, these are things that you may be tempted to write about, but that for different reasons does not make a good topic for this essay, you can save some of these topics for self discovery papers that you are bound to write in English 101. Here are a few more topics that we recommend you avoid in your admissions essay. Sob Stories Many people, teenagers included, have had tragic things happen […]