Exclusive interview with Andre Kiss

Our Founder, Andre Kiss, most recently had the pleasure of being invited to the Tests and the Rest Podcast, an industry podcast for test prep and college admissions professionals. On this episode, he spoke about how the origins of Critical Point Test Prep, his philosophy on education, and what he hopes to achieve in the years to come. We hope you enjoy the episode!

By |2022-10-05T10:07:07-04:00October 5th, 2022|

What is the New SAT like? (2022)

Here's what we know about the New SAT so far (2022) I almost couldn’t believe my ears when I heard the news. A New SAT? Again? That’s right. After only 6 years in play, the test hated by most, loved by some, is being redesigned again! So that begs the question—what changes can students expect to see? OVERVIEW What's Changing What's Staying the Same When Will the Changes takes place What's changing 1. Computer Adaptive Test By far the biggest change is that the new SAT will be administered by computer and will be adaptive. Adaptive means that if

By |2022-10-06T20:46:21-04:00January 31st, 2022|

Does the PSAT even really matter?

Does the PSAT even really matter? This week, the nearly two-month-long wait came to an end as October PSAT scores were released. But many parents and students don’t know what their scores even mean. Are the scores good, bad, ugly? Do they even really matter? Let’s go into it. OVERVIEW What is the PSAT? How do PSAT scores compare to SAT scores? Does the PSAT really matter? What is the PSAT really about? Should your child prep for the PSAT? What is the PSAT? The PSAT (Preliminary SAT) is extremely similar to its big brother, the SAT. It has

By |2022-10-07T11:25:35-04:00December 12th, 2021|

Matt Gusdorff: Conestoga High School Grad and Perfect 1600-Scorer.

Matt Gusdorff: Conestoga High School Grad and Perfect 1600-Scorer. Matt Gusdorff, graduate of Conestoga High School, was one of roughly 300 students in the whole country who received a perfect 1600 on his SATs with the help of his instructor from Critical Point Test Prep. We caught up with him at his current home of Haverford College in Haverford, PA, to get his thoughts on his future plans, choosing Haverford, and his advice to other students looking to score well on their SATs. Watch video here Why did you end up choosing Haverford College? I was looking for a small college and

By |2022-10-20T08:35:31-04:00October 19th, 2021|

How I went up 250 points on the SAT

How I went up 250 points on the SAT Payton Breck is a junior at Radnor High School. In her free time, Payton enjoys sewing clothing, cooking, and watching movies (especially, and unapologetically, the Twilight series.) Payton Breck is a junior at Radnor High School. In her free time, Payton enjoys sewing clothing, cooking, and watching movies (especially, and unapologetically, the Twilight series.) On my very first practice SAT, I scored an 1160. Now I have a 1410.  In just around three months, my score improved drastically, and yours can

By |2021-12-10T10:18:20-05:00April 17th, 2021|

Why isn’t my SAT score improving?

This is a question on many student's minds. We've helped hundreds of students increase their scores on through ACT and SAT tutoring, and it's not uncommon that a student comes to us who has struggled to raise their scores on their own or with another service. Here are three common (but by no means the only) reasons we see students struggle to raise their SAT scores. REASON #1: You are avoiding your weak spots. This is probably the biggest reason a student’s scores don’t go up on the SAT and ACT. It's easy to focus on things you’re good at. Focusing on

By |2022-10-20T08:51:23-04:00February 18th, 2021|

How will COVID-19 affect students applying to college this fall? — Interview with Linda Hollenback

Our President and Founder, Andre Kiss, was joined by Linda Hollenback of Hollenback Consulting LLC to discuss applying to college in the age of Coronavirus. Together, they answered such questions as… How can students make their applications more competitive in this environment? How to hold college visits while college campuses are shut down? Is applying to college test optional a viable option for students? We hope you enjoy the interview!

By |2022-10-06T20:40:11-04:00June 30th, 2020|

Class of 2020 College Acceptances

Our students are amazing! Here's a sampling of some of the Colleges our incredible students from the class of 2020 were accepted to. (List updated 4-28-20) American University Brandeis University Carnegie Mellon University Case Western Reserve University Clemson University Dickinson College Drexel University Duquesne University Fairfield University Franklin and Marshall College George Washington University Gettysburg College Haverford College James Madison University Lafayette College Lehigh University Loyola University Maryland Millersville University of Pennsylvania Muhlenberg College - Honors Program NC State University Neumann University Northeastern University - Honors College Ohio State University Penn State University Purdue University - Honors College Rochester

By |2021-02-24T21:18:25-05:00April 28th, 2020|

The Truth about Test Optional

It seems that every other day, more colleges are becoming Test Optional in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. During one of the toughest moments in American history, this move appears to be an extension of good will from colleges and universities across the country. Students who had the March, April, May, and June SAT and ACTs cancelled could breathe a collective sigh of relief. One less thing to worry about. After all, the term “test optional” suggests that submitting their scores won’t affect their chances of acceptance at their school of choice. While this might seem to make college admissions less competitive for

By |2022-11-02T08:22:24-04:00April 26th, 2020|

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 15 million copies since it was published in 1936. You’re probably wondering just how a book about sales or business is going to help you get ready for the SAT?

By |2022-10-06T21:13:05-04:00March 5th, 2019|
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