ACT & SAT Prep and College Admissions Blog

2 Key Questions You Should Ask When Searching For a College

Posted by Mark Skoskiewicz on Fri, Oct 30, 2020 @ 05:14 PM

COVID-19 has changed every aspect of our world. From the increased time at home for everyone to students learning from home via Zoom, it has been a year of transition and change, particularly for high school and college students. Many colleges, for example, have waived ACT and SAT requirements completely during the admissions process, likely opening up new possibilities for tens of thousands of students. But hopefully, the COVID-era won’t last forever. By the time students applying to college in the next few months actually head to school, Coronavirus may be in the rearview mirror.

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Topics: College Admissions

College Applications: Making a Difference During the Pandemic

Posted by Lindsey Conger on Thu, Jul 30, 2020 @ 11:21 AM

When applying to competitive colleges, every aspect of your application is carefully scrutinized. We’ve interviewed several admission officers during the pandemic and asked them what they look for in students. All said the same thing: They are looking for students who step up and make a difference (even a small one) in their community. 

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Topics: College Applications, college tips, college questions, college advice, college admissions process, college admissions essay, college resume, extracurriculars

How to Customize Your Online SAT Prep

Posted by Steven Koteff on Wed, Jun 24, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

For ambitious students looking to get into a good college and launch a successful career, SAT prep is a time-honored tradition. For years, increasing numbers of students have been turning to online SAT prep to get themselves ready for test day. In the age of coronavirus, online SAT prep has gone from a convenience to a necessity. But with more and more test prep resources coming online every day, how do you know you’re getting the best online SAT prep for you? Your personal preferences, learning style, financial situation, and more can influence whether online SAT tutoring or online SAT courses are a better fit.

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Topics: sat tutors, sat tutoring, ACT/SAT, High School Test Taking, SAT study plan, sat prep, SAT online tutoring, sat online, cost of sat tutoring, sat tutor hourly rate, sat tutor cost

How Much Does an SAT Tutor Cost?

Posted by Steven Koteff on Thu, Jun 18, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

By the time you’re a junior or senior in high school, you’ve probably already heard a lot about the importance of the SAT. This is the standardized test most colleges and universities accept for admissions purposes. Since the SAT has so much influence over your higher education and, therefore, your career, many students work with a tutor for their SAT prep. This is an excellent idea, and something every future SAT-taker would benefit from. But of course, when it comes to selecting a tutor, you’ll have to consider not only the quality of the tutoring, but also the SAT tutoring cost. If you’ve never gone down this road before, there’s a huge range of SAT tutoring rates. In this article we explore what you should expect to pay for your SAT prep cost, and what the rate says about the quality of the education.

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Topics: sat tutors, sat tutoring, ACT/SAT, High School Test Taking, SAT study plan, sat prep, SAT online tutoring, sat online, cost of sat tutoring, sat tutor hourly rate, sat tutor cost

SAT & ACT Coronavirus Update

Posted by Stefan Maisnier on Wed, Apr 22, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

College Board Cancels all Spring SAT Exams

Having already cancelled its May 2 SAT test date, CollegeBoard announced this past week that it will be canceling its previously scheduled June 6 test date worldwide as well. This means that there will not be another SAT exam offered until August 29 at the very earliest, so nearly six months will have passed between possible SAT administrations for juniors planning to take the exam this year. In making this announcement, CollegeBoard also indicated that it is preparing an online version of the exam in the fall should in-person administrations still be prohibited by the pandemic. This follows in the footsteps of announcements from both GMAC and ETS that, at least temporarily, each organization would be offering and at-home online GMAT and an at-home online GRE exam respecctively.

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Topics: sat tutors, sat tutoring, ACT/SAT, High School Test Taking, SAT study plan, sat prep, college student, SAT online tutoring, sat online, act online, COVID sat, act coronavirus

Self-paced SAT Prep: Pros and Cons

Posted by Morgan Bissett-Tessier on Thu, Apr 16, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

In a previous article, we discussed the three main options to choose from when preparing for the SAT exam: self study, 1-1 tutoring, and group classes. In this post, we take a deeper look at self-paced SAT prep courses specifically, the niche’s top providers, pros and cons, and how to make the most of your experience should you decide to take one of these courses.  

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Topics: sat tutors, sat tutoring, ACT/SAT, High School Test Taking, SAT practice tests, SAT study plan, sat prep, college student, SAT online tutoring, SAT self-study

SAT Prep Options: Self Study vs. SAT Tutoring vs. Group Classes

Posted by Morgan Bissett-Tessier on Tue, Mar 24, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

When preparing for the SAT exam, you must decide pretty early on which study approach you will take. Although you can always switch strategies if something isn’t working for you or you don’t achieve the score you want, we’re hoping this article will help you make the right decision without unnecessarily wasting time and money on the wrong SAT prep method. Below you’ll find the three most prominent SAT prep options: self study, 1-1 tutoring, and SAT classes, as well as the pros and cons of each.   

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Topics: sat tutors, sat tutoring, ACT/SAT, High School Test Taking, SAT practice tests, SAT study plan, sat prep, college student, SAT online tutoring

SAT Review Series: Reading Comprehension

Posted by Jordan Salley on Fri, Feb 07, 2020 @ 12:25 PM

In the first post of our SAT review video series, we approach working through a standard reading comprehension question.

The SAT reading comprehension section can often be a time crunch for many students. This video demonstrates a systematic approach to quickly reading and analyzing a passage in order to answer questions.

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Topics: ACT/SAT, High School Test Taking, study skills, college education, college tips, college freshman advice, college questions, college advice, ACT prep, sat reading, sat prep, college student, SAT reading comprehension

Preparing for the SAT/ACT: How to Make your Own Study Schedule

Posted by Jordan Salley on Mon, Dec 23, 2019 @ 10:47 AM

No matter how many times your parents have repeated it to you, it never quite sinks in – If you fail to plan you plan to fail. While this feels a bit dramatic, in a test like the SAT or ACT it is important to realize that preparation can have a significant benefit on your score and on opportunities that stem from this such as college admission and scholarships. While many students have performed well in high school, standardized admissions tests can be a limiting factor because students often fall into a few common traps, such as the idea that being a good student translates directly into a high performing standardized test taker. While this may be true for some students, it often is not the case. College admissions exams often require knowledge on how to study for and take a standardized exam. The best way to overcome this hurdle is by creating a study schedule and planning for test day ahead of time.

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Topics: ACT/SAT, High School Test Taking, study skills, college education, college tips, college freshman advice, college questions, college advice, ACT prep, sat prep, college student

Specialized Preparation Needed for the SAT Chemistry Subject Test

Posted by Tim Gasser, One-to-One Tutoring on Mon, Jul 08, 2019 @ 09:00 AM

Students who decide to take the SAT Chemistry subject test generally feel that they are well suited for the test because they are doing well in the high school chemistry course they are taking at their high school. What I have found though is that they may not be aware of the specialized preparation that is needed in order to get a top score on the exam beyond their study for the course they are taking at school. There are several reasons for the need for specialized preparation for the exam. This article explains what those are and what the student can do to be better prepared for the test.

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Topics: High School Test Taking, study skills, ap test prep, ap classes, college education, college tips, college freshman advice, college questions, college advice, chemistry, college student, AP tutoring, sat chemistry test, chemistry subject test