ACT & SAT Prep and College Admissions Blog

How to Hire the Best ACT or SAT Tutor for You

Posted by Mark Skoskiewicz on Wed, Dec 29, 2021 @ 12:46 PM

Preparing for the ACT or SAT can seem daunting, but remember, these exams are your chance to improve the likelihood of admission to your dream college. In fact, if your GPA isn’t as high as it could be, this could be the chance you have at giving yourself an edge in the admissions process. While many colleges are going test optional, a strong ACT score can only help you show off your academic prowess and readiness to thrive in at the university level. Though the ACT can be challenging, and perhaps you’ve scored less-than-ideally on a practice test, utilizing an ACT tutor can noticeably improve your score. An in-person or online ACT tutor can really kick-start your ACT prep process, providing you with the ACT study plan you need to be effective and efficient when you self-study for the ACT. After all, for every hour you spend with an ACT or SAT tutor, you should spend three hours self-studying.

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Topics: sat tutoring, ACT concepts, SAT test, ACT/SAT study skills

Should You Hire an SAT Tutor?

Posted by Mark Skoskiewicz on Wed, Dec 22, 2021 @ 09:00 AM

A recent celebrity college admission scandal saw actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman being charged with bribery and fraud, accused of going to devious and illegal measures to ensure their kids were admitted to colleges that they might not otherwise have been accepted to. The scandal illuminated the lengths to which some students and parents will go to ensure attendance at their school of choice. While most of us won’t break the law, there are certainly increased measures one can take to broaden their chances for university admissions. Scoring particularly well on the SAT is one obvious tactic. Some students chase this goal via significant self-study; others pay for private SAT tutors and SAT prep courses.

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Topics: sat tutoring, tips for studying for the SATs, ACT/SAT study skills, SAT self-study

Emailing College Coaches: What's the Etiquette?

Posted by Joe Accordino & Brad Marek, Athlos College Coaching on Wed, Oct 06, 2021 @ 03:37 PM

For high-school students with aspirations of playing college sports, it is crucial to connect with college coaches. Many students envision a “He Got Game” scenario, where coaches from around the country aggressively pursue the recruit until they’ve secured a commitment. But for 99% of student-athletes, the process is exactly the opposite: you must take the initiative to form relationships with these coaches. Otherwise, you’ll have heard from few, if any, college coaches by the time graduation rolls around.

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Topics: collegebound admissions, college education, college athletics, college recruiting, college coach

How to Improve your SAT Score (or ACT Score) Through Deliberate Practice

Posted by Mark Skoskiewicz on Tue, May 18, 2021 @ 10:00 AM

If you really want to get a high SAT score, perhaps the most important thing to keep in mind is that “talent” or “IQ” matters far less than you think. There are not really “math people” or “natural readers.” What matters is the amount and quality of your SAT prep, which of course is influenced in large part by how passionate and genuinely interested you are in doing well on the SAT or ACT. So if you want to get a 99th percentile SAT score or a 34 on the ACT, it’s possible that you can do it.

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Topics: sat tutors, College Admissions, ACT/SAT study skills, college tips, college entrance, college timeline, ACT prep, sat prep, college

The Best Way to Prepare for the ACT or SAT Might Surprise - and Calm - You

Posted by Mark Skoskiewicz on Fri, May 07, 2021 @ 02:33 PM

What is the best way to prepare for the ACT or SAT?

Well, it’s true arriving at a useful answer to this question does depend a lot on your timing and the context. If you are a junior with average grades, but aspire to get a high SAT score, and you take the SAT in 30 days, this article should be able to help adopt the right mindset and bring some calm and confidence to exam day. But practically, with only 30 days until the exam, you should be considering online SAT tutoring or an SAT crash course to get the best SAT score you possibly can. SAT tutoring and courses can and will help you get a higher score.

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Topics: sat tutors, College Admissions, ACT/SAT study skills, college tips, college entrance, college timeline, ACT prep, sat prep, college

Exploring SAT Tutoring Rates: Is SAT Help from a Private Tutor Worth It?

Posted by Morgan Bissett-Tessier on Wed, Apr 14, 2021 @ 12:52 PM

Since we are an SAT tutoring company, you might expect us to argue that hiring an SAT coach is almost always worth it. But we don’t believe that to be true.

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Topics: sat tutors, College Admissions, ACT/SAT study skills, college tips, college entrance, college timeline, ACT prep, sat prep, college

Early College Planning: What Matters and How to Get Started

Posted by Morgan Bissett-Tessier on Fri, Mar 26, 2021 @ 11:29 AM

Parents of high schoolers frequently ask me when the best time is to begin planning for college. My answer is usually “now!” which often, and more importantly, leads to talking about “how.”

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Topics: sat tutors, College Admissions, ACT/SAT study skills, college tips, college entrance, college timeline, ACT prep, sat prep, college

SAT Math Mastery

Posted by Mark Skoskiewicz on Tue, Dec 15, 2020 @ 10:41 AM

SAT Math Mastery: The Origin Story of an SAT Math Textbook

This is a guest post by Christian Heath, author of SAT Math Mastery Volume 1 and Volume 2. Chris has been teaching SAT and ACT prep to high school students for 10 years and has perfect scores on both tests.

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Topics: sat tutors, College Admissions, ACT/SAT study skills, sat help, SAT math, sat prep, sat online

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