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How to Determine Which SAT Subject Tests to Take

Posted by Mark Skoskiewicz on Tue, Dec 03, 2013 @ 08:27 PM

Recently, a number of students who have worked with MyGuru for ACT or SAT tutoring have followed up asking about SAT subject tests.  Their main question has been which SAT subject tests should I take?

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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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5 Surprisingly Good College Majors To Consider

Posted by Mark Skoskiewicz on Thu, Apr 04, 2013 @ 11:38 AM

MyGuru doesn’t discriminate – we provide tutoring in almost all subjects and standardized tests.  However, students certainly request tutors in some subjects much more than others.  This got me to thinking about the various classes students can take in college, and the various majors to which those classes lead.

This is a three-part post that covers two topics:

  • What criteria to use in choosing a college major and
  • 5 example majors which are surprisingly good choices

In this post, part 1, we discuss the criteria one should use in choosing a major and the first recommended college major:


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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

ACT Scores and Good Public vs. Elite Private Colleges

Posted by Mark Skoskiewicz on Fri, Feb 15, 2013 @ 10:26 AM

In a recent guest post for the College Solution, we showed how Indiana University has a simple automatic scholarship system to attract top students that might otherwise choose more highly ranked schools.  This system is based on an assessment of GPA and ACT score.  For certain students, it provides an automatic $11,000 per year scholarship, making IU much more affordable than it otherwise would be.  So, I argued that, even if you already have a high ACT score, it could make sense to hire an ACT tutor and try to squeeze out another point, which would bump you into the $11,000 automatic scholarship range, and may impact which school you choose to attend.

In this post, with the implications of part 1 in mind (i.e., significant reduction in the cost of attending IU) I’ll illustrate the potential decision faced by a high school senior from Illinois considering five schools:

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Topics: ACT, College Applications, College Admissions, cost of college, Choosing a College, College Rankings

College Admissions: The Early App

Posted by Mark Skoskiewicz on Wed, Nov 14, 2012 @ 03:45 AM

If you're a college senior or junior, then you probably know that many colleges offer an early application option. There are two main types of early options: early action and early decision. The deadlines for these applications are usually in late October or early November, so now if you are a senior in college now is the time to make the move! For juniors or underclassmen, keep this in mind for the future.

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Topics: ACT/SAT, College Applications, College Admissions

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