Blog2019-02-15T17:57:46+00:00

This Dead Author’s Advice Will Save your SAT Score

It’s hard to find a book written 80 years ago that still has a place in our culture. I mean, sure, in school we’re made to read The Scarlet Letter, but who actually wants to? If there’s one book that has aged well, a book that people choose to read, it’s How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie. Often cited as the bible of anyone in sales or business, it’s sold [...]

March 5th, 2019|Categories: SAT Prep, Test Prep|

Why the SAT Doesn’t Matter

I’m going to tell you something that you won’t hear from anyone else in the test prep world. Boosting your SAT score by 150, 250 —even 300 points—will not drastically change the course of your life. I know it seems crazy for me of all people to make such a claim. Aren't I a test prep tutor? Of course I am, silly goose. But as controversial it may seem, it’s true. How you do [...]

February 27th, 2019|Categories: Test Prep|

The Biggest Difference Between the SAT and ACT

“You need to take the SAT if you’re applying to the Ivies.” “If you’re bad at Science you shouldn’t take the ACT.” These are just some of the rumors that have been swirling around our culture about test prep for the past decade. While many of these used to be true, In 2019, most are a bit dated. Ever since the SAT was redesigned in 2016, the two tests are more similar than ever. [...]

February 20th, 2019|Categories: Blog|

Is the SAT Student Answer Service is worth it? Nope. Get this instead.

No one wants to take the SAT more than once. Unless they’re sadistic, that is. But if a student having taken the SAT once decides that their best test score has yet to come, having the right information about what they got wrong last time is crucial to improving their performance. This is where the Student Answer Service and Question Answer Service come in. When signing up for the SAT, depending on the date, [...]

February 15th, 2019|Categories: Test Prep|Tags: , , , , , , , |

The 5 Biggest Admissions Essay Mistakes Students Make.

Ah, the college admissions essay. While some might not give it much weight, according to the National Association for College Admissions Counseling, it’s actually the third most important factor in the admissions process (right behind a student’s transcript and SAT/ACT scores) But writing an essay that stands out from the crowd can be a challenge. Admissions counselors can see over a hundred essays in a single day, and with so much to do and so little [...]

August 3rd, 2016|Categories: Admissions Essay|

Why You Should NOT Take the New SAT

A lot of things make me cringe. I cringe when I hear that Kanye West is planning to run for president in 2020. I cringe when I think about the dentist. I cringe when parents ask me to tutor their 7th-graders for the ACT. But lately, there’s something that’s been making me cringe more than usual. It’s students who insist on taking the new SAT. Isn’t it ironic that in a world where students and [...]

May 23rd, 2016|Categories: Test Prep|