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The Best Time to Report Your SAT Scores

I decided to tackle this topic after I received a call from the worried parent of one of my students. Her son (named Zach for our purposes) had just taken the SAT for the first time and was in a near panic. After I experienced that sinking feeling any tutor of the " I am in this biz to make a difference" mindset is familiar with, mom told me the real problem. When Zach registered for the SAT, he did…

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The Essay: The ACT Now Has Its ACT Together!

The ACT folks really created a mess when they "revamped" the essay portion of the exam. Fortunately for college- bound students everywhere, the situation appears to be (mostly) resolved. A LITTLE HISTORY The trouble began in September of 2015. Several changes to the essay were rolled out: a changed grading rubric that incorporated four scoring "domains", a switch from the twelve point grading scale to a thirty-six range, and a significantly more complex writing prompt. In this short space, it…

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Should I Choose the SAT or the ACT?

  Prior to January of 2016, in my role as head of the My College Planning Team tutoring division,  I rarely had to field the SAT vs. ACT question from prospective students or their parents. With the sudden switch by the state of Illinois in favor of the SAT, this has changed. Why the Change? In deciding which test to take, its important to first understand why Illinois has now jettisoned offering free ACT tests to public high schoolers. Simply stated,…

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Professors: Get to Know ‘Em Because They Own You

Well..not quite but I am not so far off. You will find out for yourself, of course, but wouldn't it be nice to have a little information about who these dictators..er, professors are before you cross the thresholds of their classrooms? The following  is the prelude to a series of posts that will discuss the five general personality types of instructors you are likely to encounter in your stay in your new college homeland.   Going from high school to college is like…

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Easy Does It: Simple Tips for the ACT Test Taker

If taking the ACT test is in your future, I feel for you--I really do. It is long and challenging and almost everybody who takes it collapses in relief once its over. But besides my sympathy, I have a number of helpful tips that can really take the edge off so that this monster of a test is actually bearable if not downright enjoyable. (Well--I had to try...). It should go without saying that starting your preparation at least three months before the exam…

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The ACT : Raising Scores Opens Doors

When it comes to college planning, there is a reason why ACT prep tutors are key adjuncts to both admissions  counselors and financial advisors.   It is no secret  that competitive to high standardized test scores pave the way for your student applicant to be taken seriously at an increased number of schools. What you may not be aware of, however, is that preferred scores are not a matter of speculation: most institutions of higher learning publicize these golden numbers for the benefit…

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Door 1 or Door 2: The SAT or the ACT?

Great news! Unlike the game show set-up, behind either door lies a prize: the chance for your student to impress the socks off the nice folks in higher-ed admissions. With the bewildering array of choices scattered along the pathway to college acceptance, this is one area in which you can't make a terribly wrong move. And what a relief that is. That being said, there is little reason to take both tests. The overwhelming majority of schools require just one.…

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Which Path Will Your Student’s ACT Tutor Take?

Your ACT Tutor:  The Straight Shot or the Scenic Route? Whenever you or I embark on a trip, there are times when adding a few hours onto our travel times is a welcome trade-off for enjoying the view. Of course, there are other occasions when we just want to get our destinations as quickly as possible.  Such is the path your student should take with an ACT tutor. When trying to determine which route your ACT bound student should go,…

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