SAT-ACT-Related

SAT’s for Middle Schooler?

Question: Dear Dean,Thank you for reading my question.  My daughter is in Middle School and is in a talent program through a well known University.  In order to qualify for another program, they request that she take the SAT.  I am concerned that taking it too early and perhaps doing great on one part and ...

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Your 2018 Look-Ahead

It’s almost New Year’s Eve. I just took a quick scan of outside temperatures. My dest thermometer says it’s 62 degrees here in my office. I have the heat set at 67. What’s wrong with this picture? For starters, it’s seven (7) degrees just outside my window. My big furnace has been running all night ...

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Will Lack of “Recommended” Subject Tests Hurt Me?

Question: I am an international student applying for college and I’ve taken my SAT general tests. I haven’t taken my SAT 2 and I won’t Be able to to meet the deadlines of early decision, if I apply to top universities that say they “recommend but don’t require” sat 2 tests, considering my transcript and ...

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Can Daughter Apply Now and Submit Improved Test Scores Post-Deadline?

Question: My daughter scored an 850 on her SAT and 19 on ACT.  The deadline is approaching for early admissions for some colleges.  She is in the process of being tutored for an upcoming SAT in December (which is past the deadline for many early priority applications).  Should she still apply before the deadline and ...

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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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How to Improve Your ACT Math Score

Today’s article was submitted by Rachel Kapelke-Dale.  If you’re worried about your ACT math score, first of all: take a deep breath. You’re not alone! Every single test-taker has areas that he or she is stronger in—and areas that could use improvement. You may be nervous about approaching the ACT math section for the first time; ...

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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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