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How To Practice for the ACT / SAT Essay Sections

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While the essay sections aren’t required by either the ACT or SAT, you may decide to take them anyway. Some students choose to do this in an effort to bolster their college applications or they have strong writing skills they’d like to put on display. However, when you’re studying, you may not know quite how …

A Quick Overview of ACT and SAT Differences

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As of March 2016, the SAT did a major revamp of the format and types of questions, so the two tests are now much more similar than they were before. Today, though the two tests are more similar, there are still some differences you need to be aware of. The SAT The SAT has 1600 …

4 Helpful Tips for the SAT Writing Section

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The SAT Writing Section is all about editing—whether it’s fixing grammar, sentence structure, word choice, or strengthening the overall message of a passage. Whether you’re dreading this section or feel prepared, here are 4 handy tips for mastering it. Know the Format of the SAT Writing Section The first step to conquering something is to …

How to Improve your SAT “Weak Spots”

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When preparing for the SAT, you may have found you have particular weak spots that you could improve on before the test date. While you may feel confident in the subjects, you may not be particularly strong in time restrictions or the format of the test. Or it could work the other way around; You may be fine …

SAT Pro Tip: Watch Out for “Absolute” Language

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The SAT is definitely a test where it pays to focus your attention on language. Whether it’s the word choice, phrasing, structure, or vocabulary of the questions being asked, you should definitely pay attention. The Language of Absolutes Examples of absolute language include words such as ‘all, none, must, except, every, not, always, just, only, …

PSAT Format and Content Breakdown

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For sophomores and juniors, singing up to take the PSAT/NMSQT can be intimidating. For the more serious students, this is a pre-qualifying the National Merit Scholarship and is considered a preliminary version of the SAT. Here’s what to expect if you’ve chosen to take this exam. Timed Test The first thing you need to know …

What Is ACT Aspire?

Both teachers and students can use the ACT Aspire. ACT & SAT
Test scores really do play a big role in helping students get accepted into the college of their choice, especially if that college also happens to be highly competitive. Preparation can be daunting, even for teachers and parents. This is where ACT Aspire may be able to help. What Is It? ACT Aspire is a …

How To Become A National Merit Scholar

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Being awarded a National Merit Scholarship is not for the academically squeamish. Only the top 1% of students who take the PSAT / NMSQT achieve a score high enough to qualify. That does not mean you should give up all hope however. With test preparation and a mindset for success, you can achieve a National …