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Which test to take or if he should take both tests is determined by what colleges he is interested in. Generally even the top schools in the Midwest are looking for high ACT scores, and writing the essay is a plus. The big schools on the coasts generally want the SAT. (Its essay is not optional.) However, to maximize your investment you MUST investigate each individual school's expectations... read more

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School is finally over. You are looking forward to some well earned rest and relaxation. You are not focused on the fall PSAT and the spring SAT and ACT. BIG MISTAKE! The summer before your junior year is the time to start preparing for the SAT and ACT. It is important to recognize that the single greatest advantage to early preparation is the repetitive nature of SAT and ACT questioning... read more

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For many high school and college seniors, Fall is the time when college and graduate school applications come to dominate their lives. The "college application essay" has taken on a life of its own, and many students dread the thought of condensing their hopes, dreams and aspirations to 1,000 or 2,000 words. Fear not. The essay portion of your application does not have to be the... read more

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After tutoring a student for 20 or so sessions on the math SAT I am learning that this test checks mathematical maturity and it is not easy to make a high score without a lot of preparation. One thing that makes a big difference is recognizing that a lot of questions require you to write down an algebraic equation and then solve for one or two unknowns. It helps to have a lot of experience with... read more

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I cannot stress enough the need for a 24 to 30 hour preparation course for this test. Some of the math problems on this test are problems that your teen has never seen before. This is not the fault of the school system. The SAT writers give problems that look foreign to students, yet only require the students to think out of the box. If they are prepared, they will fly through these odd looking... read more

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