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!
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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
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
“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