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Plan Your SAT / ACT Prep

Plan Your SAT / ACT Prep

Parents and students, we all know it’s coming. Senior year. College applications. The mere thought of college applications can make high school students feel anxiety and dread. Parents, give your students the gift of foresight. With a little bit of smart planning, you...
SAT Subject Tests

SAT Subject Tests

As a college counselor, I see a lot of confusion surrounding the SAT Subject Tests (formerly—and still commonly—known as the SAT IIs). For many students, these tests, as well as the AP exams, just don’t register as that important, and so some students don’t spend a...
The SAT versus the ACT

The SAT versus the ACT

Previous sections focused on the SAT, the most commonly recognized and widely used standardized college entrance exam. However, there is a second standardized college entrance exam: the ACT. In this section, I’ll explore the differences between the SAT and the ACT and...
Scoring to Win: SAT Scores and College Admissions

Scoring to Win: SAT Scores and College Admissions

Although, as discussed in my previous post, lots of big-name colleges are breaking rank and no longer requiring that students take the SAT or the ACT, these colleges remain exceptions to what is still very much a rule. Nearly all competitive universities in the U.S.,...
3 Basic Tips for SAT Prep

3 Basic Tips for SAT Prep

Over several years of watching and helping tens of thousands of students get through the SAT, I’ve learned that the three most helpful pieces of advice I can share are almost dismayingly simple…but very powerful. Start early! Practice makes perfect! Practice the right...
SAT: What is the Scholastic Aptitude Test?

SAT: What is the Scholastic Aptitude Test?

Although the SAT gets a lot of attention and everyone has heard a great deal about it, in my experience, I’ve discovered that too many students and their parents fundamentally misunderstand the nature of the test. So let’s start with some basics: What does the SAT...