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Mark Skoskiewicz

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What’s a Good ACT Score?

Posted by Mark Skoskiewicz on Fri, Jun 14, 2013 @ 10:24 AM

Recently, a parent contacted MyGuru about ACT tutoring.  Her daughter’s first session with the tutor went well, but because she was scheduled to take a practice ACT test in school the next week, they waited to schedule another session until the results of that test were available.

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5 Tips from an Elite ACT Tutor

Posted by Mark Skoskiewicz on Fri, Apr 12, 2013 @ 10:10 AM

So you're getting ready to take the ACT! That's great! Good luck! Here are 5 tips to help you do your best on ACT exam day:

Tip #1

Be confident, yet just a tiny bit paranoid. That slight edge of paranoia will help you not to underestimate the ACT. The ACT has 4 sections: English, Math, Reading, and Science, plus an optional written essay component. You've been studying English, math, reading, science, and writing for years and years, so you should be well prepared, right? Well, yes and no. Your background knowledge in each subject is very important and will help you on the test. However, the test makers will often try to lull you into a sense of false security. To do so, over the years the makers of the ACT have developed some rather slippery tricks to try to get you to make mistakes even on topics you're very familiar with. Which leads us to the next tip.

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6 Reasons SAT Tutoring Can Increase Your SAT Score

Posted by Mark Skoskiewicz on Mon, Apr 08, 2013 @ 08:13 AM

Prepping for the SAT is like taking a trip. You want the journey to be safe, to be as pleasant as possible, and to bring you to your intended destination. Making the journey certainly doesn't have to be a drag. In fact, it can be kind of exciting when you see that you're making good progress, and extra exciting when your SAT score reflects the progress you've made. A tutor is like a guide who knows the territory your trip will cover and can help you get to your destination smoothly, avoiding dangers and wrong turns. Here are 6 reasons why a tutor can make your test prep a better experience and help you raise your SAT score:

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Excellent Schools for the Very Good Student

Posted by Mark Skoskiewicz on Thu, Mar 21, 2013 @ 01:39 PM

This is a guest post by Stuart Nachbar, the President of, a leading college admissions blog and guide to the best values in higher education. For more advice and information contact him at

I’m often asked: What is a “good” or “excellent” school?

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7 Benefits of Working With an SAT Tutor

Posted by Mark Skoskiewicz on Fri, Mar 08, 2013 @ 09:03 AM

If you are considering hiring an SAT tutor for your son or daughter but aren’t sure whether it is a good investment, here are six benefits you should consider.

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Topics: sat tutors, sat tutoring

The ACT and SAT: What Should You Do With Your Scores?

Posted by Mark Skoskiewicz on Fri, Nov 02, 2012 @ 08:25 AM

College admissions tests are hard! No matter how well you prepared for them the first time, you may not have gotten the score you wanted on your first try. Many people retake the tests at least once in order to learn from their mistakes and improve their scores.

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Topics: ACT/SAT, ACT, SAT, College Admissions

The ACT, the SAT, or Both?

Posted by Mark Skoskiewicz on Thu, Oct 04, 2012 @ 04:12 AM

If you just started your junior or senior year of high school, then you have a lot of big decisions coming up in your life! In addition to all your tough classes and rewarding extra curricular activities, you have to juggle the college admissions process. After your high school transcript and personal essays, test scores are the final big piece of the college admissions puzzle. So how can you get the score that will get you into your dream school?

The big decision to make is whether you are going to submit ACT scores, SAT scores, or both. First, check out the requirements of the colleges you will be applying to. Many schools only require that you submit either an ACT or an SAT score, but some are still strict about which one they prefer.

If the choice is yours, then you can consider which test is more suited to your style of thinking and test-taking. Putting some time into deciding which test to take will pay off when you get your highest possible score; there are some big differences between the tests.

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Topics: ACT/SAT, SAT test, ACT test, High School Test Taking, College Admissions

Official Launch of ACT/SAT Forum

Posted by Mark Skoskiewicz on Tue, Dec 06, 2011 @ 10:49 PM

Thanks for visiting this section of MyGuru's web-site, which is dedicated to helping high school students and parents prepare for the ACT and the SAT.

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Topics: ACT/SAT


Posted by Mark Skoskiewicz on Wed, Jul 14, 2010 @ 06:11 AM

Combining “off-the-shelf” or free test prep materials with an expert MyGuru tutor for 1-1, customized support is the most effective & efficient way to prep.

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