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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 on the SAT won’t drastically change your future. Skeptical? Let me make my case. Money = Freedom When you’re pursuing anything in life, you always have to ask yourself what

By |2019-02-27T02:39:05-05:00February 27th, 2019|

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 2021, most are a bit dated. Ever since the SAT was redesigned in 2016, the two tests are more similar than ever. Both the SAT and ACT… …have no guessing penalty.…have an optional essay.…consist of 4 sections.…are viewed equally by all 4-year colleges and universities in the country. However, there is still one

By |2021-06-05T14:30:45-04:00February 20th, 2019|

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, you’re given an option to sign up for either of these reports. But what’s the difference between the two and are they worth it? Student Answer Service When it’s offered:

By |2022-10-06T20:49:00-04:00February 15th, 2019|

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 time, the reality is this: great essays are read, good essays are mostly-read, weak essays are skimmed, and bad essays are not read at all. Unfortunately, many students unknowingly write

By |2022-10-06T20:36:18-04:00August 3rd, 2016|

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 parents make calculated decisions about the classes they’ll take, the extracurriculars they’ll participate in, the thank you notes they’ll send, all to improve their chances at admission, that they would

By |2021-02-12T11:40:56-05:00May 23rd, 2016|

Scholarship Profile: Mara Wrznewski

We're very excited to award our first annual Spring "Think Critically" Scholarship to Mara Wrznewski of Collegeville, PA! Mara is a high school senior at Perkiomen Valley HS, where she not only excels academically but is passionately involved in field hockey and lacrosse. Outside of school, Mara volunteers coaching youth sports, and works at the local bagel shop. In Mara's scholarship essay, she argues that language was the most important invention in the history of mankind. She writes, "A world without language would be a world without innovation, technology, farming, production, trade, money and all other vital resources humans use today. Language allows humans to

By |2022-10-07T11:27:56-04:00October 25th, 2015|
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