How much weight does the SAT and ACT carry?

How much weight does the SAT and ACT carry?

The question I am asked most often by parents and students is how heavily weighted test scores are in the college admissions process.  There are so many myths and mixed messages swirling around these days that aren’t in line with reality, so I thought I’d try to...
What is a “good” SAT score?

What is a “good” SAT score?

  View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Ray Dass (@raydass) on Apr 19, 2020 at 4:27pm PDT Colleges and universities today are receiving more applications than they ever have before.  The admissions teams at most of these schools are relatively...
Building Your Strategies: Math and Verbal Answers

Building Your Strategies: Math and Verbal Answers

Right Answers vs. Best Answers On the PSAT/SAT Math sections, you’ll be able to point to objective mathematical concepts in order to justify the right answer as correct, even in the absence of any other possible answer choices. The correct answers in the Verbal...
How SAT Scores Can Get You Where You Want to Be

How SAT Scores Can Get You Where You Want to Be

“Sather Gate” by John Loo is licensed under CC BY 2.0 Post By Abby Regan When I got my acceptance letter from UC Berkeley, I couldn’t believe it. My eyes swelled with tears of disbelief. My mom, who was driving the two of us to the airport at the time,...
Why is National Merit so Important

Why is National Merit so Important

Image from NationalMerit.org Post by Nate Rosenberger People often ask us why we are so passionate about National Merit The straight-up truth is pretty simple:  it’s the intensity, the drive, the self-discipline to achieve it; the profound sense of accomplishment at...
The Importance of Active Review for PSAT / SAT

The Importance of Active Review for PSAT / SAT

Post by Jean Haskins When preparing for your PSAT/SAT, you end up answering lots of practice PSAT/SAT questions. You’ll be answering questions in class, answering questions in SARA, answering questions for homework, and answering questions on practice tests. But what...
Test Optional Universities

Test Optional Universities

Post by Jean Haskins It seems like every day, we hear about another college or university going “test optional”.  When we first started hearing about it, we honestly didn’t think much of it. It wasn’t until we heard about the University of Chicago, currently ranked #6...
How I Increased my ACT Score By 10 Points

How I Increased my ACT Score By 10 Points

Photo by Juan Martin Abreu-Melon How to recognize your strengths and weaknesses: After having scored my first practice test on the ACT fear started to kick in. I was at a 21 and I needed to drastically improve my test taking habits in order to get into good schools. I...
Five Ways to Combat Anxiety During a Test

Five Ways to Combat Anxiety During a Test

Post by Sneha Chaturvedi The American Test Anxieties Association reports that about 16% of students struggle with test anxiety, especially when taking a long test like the SAT or ACT. While effectively prepping for your test will help you feel as comfortable as...