ACT Testing

I can’t lie and say that I miss taking the ACT. While taking the test was essential to getting into my college of choice, it was not my favorite part of high school. In fact, preparing for ACT testing was a hassle I wish I could go back in time for. If I had the opportunity to do it all over again, I would give my high school self one key piece ...

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SAT Nightmares? Tips on How to Prepare (and Relax)

I never studied once for the SAT. I didn’t even open an SAT prep book just to see what the format would be like or how the scoring worked. Then again, being recruited for tennis meant I only had to apply to one school, and achieve the bare minimum score on the SAT to be accepted. For me, nerves weren’t an issue. Sure I worried about blanking ou...

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SAT Sample Questions

As you may or may not know, the SAT tests are standardized tests that assess your academic abilities in order to determine how prepared you are for college-level courses. You will take the SAT exam in your final year of high school. College admissions offices use your test scores as a way to evaluate your eligibility to attend their school. Your sc...

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ACT Test Tips

For many high school students, preparing for the ACT exam can be one of the most stressful part of the college application process. While undoubtedly important, it is also vital to carefully examine the ACT guidelines for the different colleges you plan to apply to while preparing for the test. Different schools have a range of acceptable scores, a...

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An Apocalypse? No, just standardized testing.

“Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re going to get.” Forrest Gump knew what he was talking about. If only test takers could write that as their answer on the ACT or SAT. You see, mandatory standardized tests that are used for college admission do not measure intelligence. The results are used to weed out candidates and...

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Eat a Cookie: Deciphering AP Exams and Dual Credit through a Tasty Treat

Advanced Placement Classes To take AP (Advanced Placement) classes, or not to take AP classes? That is the question. When high school students are driven to attend an accredited college and make top marks for graduation, AP classes are a viable option. It challenges students to complete work at a college level. Also, AP classes are just like baking...

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SAT Scores: How To Deal With The Results

If you’re like me, taking tests is not your forte.  The second I get to class, pencil poised in my hand, the thoughts begin to swirl around in my head uncontrollably until I get the test and my mind decides to go blank.  Sound familiar?  You’re flooded with relief when it’s over until you see the envelope in your mailbox, and see the unusu...

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How to Avoid a Stressful Exam Week

As the end of the school year approaches, students want to spend more time with the friends they are about to leave and less time in the library.  Unfortunately, this is an essential time to study since students need to be preparing for their final exams.  If you’re like me, it gets harder and harder to concentrate on schoolwork- especially as ...

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Essay vs. Multiple Choice: The Study Guide to Study Guides

You’re not a test taker, you’ve never been one. The time always gets you because you are somewhat of a procrastinator. Then before you know it, that giant, super-important philosophy exam is a couple days away and you have no idea how to even begin to study for it. “There is just so much material, where would I even start?!”  Read mor...

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Tips for Doing Well on Standardized Tests

Your first standardized test is scheduled; you aren’t a good test taker but you want to do really well.  Does this sound like you? Many students, not just you, dread standardized tests and while there is no magic way to ace them, there are some things you can do to make sure you are completely prepared and ready when the day finally comes.  ...

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