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The reading comprehension sections of standardized testing can be intimidating. Here are a few tips to help you with them.      First of all, read the title of the passage, and all headings and summaries. These often give you an idea of what the passage covers.      Then, if your test allows, read the comprehension questions before you read the passage... read more

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There are many situations in which a student or parent might want to seek extra help with math.  Does the student often need to retake assessments? As a teacher, I like to offer make-ups because I want my students to know it's more important to learn the material than to move on before they're ready. Needing to frequently retake assessments means that the student needs to... read more

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Summer is the best time to start studying for college/career entrance exams. Since there is no school and homework, you will not feel overwhelmed when it is time to study. Studying for just an hour a day, 5 days a week, will increase your chances of getting a higher score and you will still have time to enjoy the summer. Alternate subjects weekly. Familiarize yourself with all the... read more

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With the wealth of LSAT prep materials out there, it can be tough to find the best resources for LSAT study. I've been tutoring the LSAT for 5 years, and these are the materials I've found to be the most helpful.   Practice Tests The best way to practice is by using previously administered LSATs. LSAC has published several collections of tests: Volume 5 (Tests 62 to 71, December... read more

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Preparing for the 2016 SAT Changes Written by tutor Regan C. Starting in the spring of 2016, the SAT will be significantly different than the current SAT exam. Among the changes are revisions to the scoring format and math and verbal content. How Do the Changes Affect Me? The good news is that most of the changes are an attempt to reduce the topics tested. For example, students will... read more

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Having worked with hundreds of test-takers on standardized exams over the years, I have tutored students of all abilities and levels of commitment to their studies. Most students want to know how many hours of tutoring are necessary to achieve the results they desire. While there is no single number of hours uniformly required for all students, for all exams, I do recommend as a rule of thumb... read more

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The SAT Math Test Written by tutor Regan C. Approximately 30% of the SAT exam consists of multiple choice math questions. The math covered is typically considered "basic math," subjects that are typically covered in 8th and 9th grade. In fact, what students often find most challenging is not that math problems are difficult but that it's simply been many years since they have... read more

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The GRE Verbal Reasoning Test Written by tutor Matthew M. The Verbal Reasoning measure of the GRE consists of two sections. The test taker has 30 minutes per section to answer 20 multiple choice style questions presented in a variety of formats. Examples and discussions of each type of question can be found below. The Verbal Reasoning measure serves as a way to evaluate essential aspects... read more

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The GRE Quantitative Reasoning Test Written by tutor Jana P. Welcome to WyzAnt's lesson on GRE Quantitative Reasoning! Is this lesson, you will learn tips and strategies for performing well in this section of the exam. Remember, preparation can make a real difference in your score … and your future! Let's get right to it! Quantitative Reasoning Content What is GRE Quantitative Reasoning... read more

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The SAT Essay Written by tutor Ellen S. The SAT has undergone a significant number of changes over the years, generally involving adjustments in the scoring rubric, and often in response to steadily-declining or increasingly-perfect test scores. When the SAT was changed in 2005, however, they made some significant changes to the test that students see. One of these changes was the addition... read more

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How to Study for the SAT or ACT 8 Tips and Tricks Written by tutor Anne G. Taking the SAT or ACT is probably one of the most important milestones in high school. Yet, many students make the same mistakes and become victims of their own indecisiveness. Here are some tips from an expert tutor, to help you conquer the SAT or ACT while avoiding common mistakes. 1. Plan ahead Most... read more

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For anyone that is preparing or thinking about preparing for one of the standardized 'high stakes' tests (you know which ones) -- the SAT, GRE, GMAT, ISEE, SSAT, and so on -- there's something you really should know about test development.   But first consider this. Wouldn't it be sensible for tests to discover what your strengths are and what you do well in?  Of course! But... read more

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The GRE Analytical Writing Test Written by tutor Matthew M. The GRE Analytical Writing measure includes two separate writing tasks: the Analyze an Issue task (or Issue task), and the Analyze an Argument task (or Argument task). For each task the test-taker is given 30 minutes to complete a written response. The purpose of the Analytical Writing section is to measure critical thinking and... read more

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Introduction to the GRE Written by tutor Katherine F. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test is a test used by many graduate and business schools as one factor in the admissions process. According to the Educational Testing Service (ETS), which administers the test, "The GRE® revised General Test features question types that closely reflect the kind of thinking you'll do... read more

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The SAT Reading Test Written by tutor Jeff S. The reading portion of the SAT test, also known as the Reading Comprehension or Critical Reading section, is designed to test your ability to read a short passage and answer a set of questions about what you just read. There are both reading comprehension and interpretation questions. Reading Comprehension Questions The reading comprehension... read more

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The SAT Writing Test Written by tutor Ellen S. The writing section on the SAT is relatively new, and that can create problems since there are topics on it that are not generally taught in high school. The biggest problem area, by far, is the essay. So let's start with that. The Essay The essay on the SAT is a timed 25-minute writing assignment where you are given a single prompt and... read more

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Introduction to the SAT Written by tutor Jeff S. The SAT test is a standardized test designed to measure students' skill in math, reading, and writing. Many colleges and universities in the United States require applicants to take the SAT and submit their scores as part of their application process. The SAT test itself is composed of three sections: Critical Reading, Math, and Writing... read more

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The ACT Writing Test Written by tutor Kellie C. The ACT Writing test is a thirty-minute essay exam that measures your writing skills - or, more specifically, those skills that your teachers emphasize in your high school English and entry-level college composition courses. Within those thirty minutes, you will be required to read a brief prompt, and plan and write an organized, well-developed... read more

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