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Johns Hopkins CTY: An Option for You?

Johns Hopkins CTY. The “CTY” stands for “Center for Talented Youth.” It’s a long-standing program that has benefitted many young students. Is it right for you your child? Our son experienced CTY’s Expository Writing Tutorial back in the early Nineties. He corresponded (by snail mail!) with a woman on the Johns Hopkins English faculty. I ...

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4 Commonly Tested ACT English Grammar Rules

Today’s article was written by David White. For those planning to pursue an education after high school, the ACT could very well be an important part of your application process. The ACT is a standardized test that measures students’ abilities in four basic categories: English, reading, mathematics, and science. Although each college or university prioritizes ACT ...

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5 Ways to Embrace ACT Prep this Summer

Today’s article was written by Heather Hamilton.  While the change of scenery is nice, summer break represents a great time to get started on or continue your ACT prep. You are free from homework, extracurriculars, and a strict beginning and end time for your day. Best of all, ACT prep doesn’t have to be a drag—embrace ...

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5 Tips for Last-Minute AP Exam Prep

Today’s article was written by David White. It goes without saying that, if you want to get a good grade, you’re probably going to need to study. While this applies to small tests, like quizzes, it most certainly applies to major tests like advanced placement (AP) exams. AP exams can help you advance more quickly at ...

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Is The Testing Tide Going Out?

The absolute reign of standardized testing is showing signs of weakening. I took a stroll down memory lane this week as I was clearing out many years of various college-related files that I had collected (a.k.a. “hoarded”) over the decades. As I flipped through the seemingly endless file folders, I came across information pertaining to ...

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How to Approach Paired Passages on ACT Reading

The reading section on the ACT is made up of 40 questions across four sections, for which you’ll be given 35 minutes to complete. Each question relates to one of the five passages you’ll be asked to read before answering the questions. If you’ve ever taken a test in a class like English or history, ...

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5 Tips for Answering Usage and Mechanics Questions on ACT English

Once you’ve taken ACT practice tests and identified particular areas you could use more focus, the real work begins. For many students, knowing how to proceed in a particular subject area can be challenging. Usage and Mechanics is all about your foundational knowledge of grammar, word usage, sentence structure, and punctuation. As you can imagine, ...

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You’ve Received Your ACT/SAT Scores: What to Do Next

Today’s article was written by Heather Hamilton. After months of preparing for a test as large as the ACT or SAT, it can be kind of anticlimactic to actually enter the room and take the exam. Once you leave the room, this feeling is further amplified. Typically, we feel the pressure to perform well on ...

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Tyranny in Testing?

Over the past eight or so years here, I have strongly expressed my opinions about the shortcomings of standardized college entrance tests and their biases and inadequacies to deliver their intended purpose. So, I’m always interested in any new takes that may support my viewpoints about these tests that can alter a young person’s life ...

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Last-Minute ACT Tips

Today’s article was written by Thomas Broderick. Thomas is a test prep expert at Magoosh. The ACT is just days away. Like hundreds of thousands of students around the country, you’re probably looking forward to a well-deserved break from studying. Yet these last few days are an important time, and there are a few commonsense things ...

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