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Standardized Test Preparation: Countdown to Test Day

Posted by College Corner on 3/29/13 7:08 AM

The height of testing season takes place in May and June for many students. High schoolers are in the midst of SAT subject tests and Advanced placement exams, while college students face finals. During testing season, there are a bunch of things that you can do to help yourself leading up to the test.

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Crunch Time for Advanced Placement and SAT Subject Tests

Posted by College Corner on 3/28/13 9:14 AM

So spring is definitely here, and we’re well into the time of year when you’ll be hearing plenty about the Advanced Placement (AP) and SAT Subject (SAT II) exams. 

You might be thinking that there’s very little difference between the two and that both test your knowledge of a specific subject or skill – and to an extent you’d be right.  But there are subtle differences in timing, in testing method, and in how you share these scores that our team of experienced standardized test tutors and academic tutors in New York City, in Boston, and online are ready to share with you all year round.

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Language Tutor & Study Skills: Language SAT Subject Tests

Posted by College Corner on 3/14/13 9:46 AM

Language subject tests are a great way to differentiate yourself on your college application. In this series, I’ll share my wisdom as a language tutor and SAT tutor to provide you insight into the test and how best to approach questions on this test.

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Tags: language learning, SAT, french sat subject test, spanish SAT subject test, chinese SAT subject test

Standardized Test Prep: The SAT Subjects Tests vs. AP Exams

Posted by College Corner on 3/12/13 7:14 AM

In the spring, discussion of SAT subject tests and Advanced Placement exams is everywhere due to the masses of high school sophomores and juniors taking these tests. It’s common knowledge that these tests matter for college, but it’s not always clear how (and if) they impact the college admissions process, and what the differences really are.

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Study Skills: The Trick to a 5 on Any AP Test is…

Posted by College Corner on 3/11/13 9:11 AM

pacing!  It is so crucial to have a careful, measured plan of attack as a part of any standardized test prep regime.  But as a veteran AP tutor for high school students across New York, I can tell you that the key to success lies almost entirely in sticking to a well-organized, personally-tailored study schedule. 

Cambridge Coaching does a great job tailoring these preparation schedules to student strengths and weaknesses, but even if you’re just working from a Princeton Review, Kaplan, or College Board book, it’s the kind of thing that you can get started with on your own.  Now (early March) is the time to start organizing yourself for these monster May tests.  We all know that APs looks great on your college admissions application. So, whether you’re preparing for the AP Spanish, US History, Biology, or even Microeconomics, you’ll be well-served to keep in mind the following tips:

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SAT Tutor: Preparing for SAT Subject Tests

Posted by College Corner on 3/7/13 10:05 AM

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A Language Tutor's Tips: Foreign Language SAT Subject Tests

Posted by College Corner on 3/5/13 9:29 AM

Language exams look great on college applications, particularly if you get a high score. Doing well on the language subject tests can set you apart from other applicants because language instruction is not often emphasized in schools across the country. If you are enrolled in a strong language program or have a penchant for foreign languages, you should absoutely consider taking one the subject tests.  

Before you register for the test, start by diagnosing your linguistic strengths and weaknesses to make sure that you are equipped to do well on the test! You can do this by taking a practice test or practice section.
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Tags: language learning, french sat subject test, spanish SAT subject test, chinese SAT subject test

Fitting AP Exams into your Schedule

Posted by College Corner on 2/28/13 9:19 AM

The spring can be a hectic time for high school sophomores or juniors. As an academic tutor, I have witnessed my students juggling several responsibilities from rigorous academic coursework, to extracurricular activities, to volunteer work, to jobs...to standardized test preparation.

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High School Academics: Signing up for SAT Subject Tests

Posted by College Corner on 2/22/13 10:58 AM

As you put together your application for college admissions, your goal is to demonstrate how you are a stellar applicant, and good scores SAT Subject Tests (also known as SAT IIs) can do just that.

Demonstrating intellectual breadth or intellectual depth are great ways to differentiate yourself from other high school seniors. However, before you sign up for the 20 sat subject tests available, take a second to weight the costs and benefits of sitting for the tests and think about which test(s) will best showcase your academic excellence. When you're thinking about which subject tests to take, consider your academic strengths. 

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Academic Tutor: Perfect practice makes perfect

Posted by College Corner on 2/22/13 9:29 AM

Practice does not make perfect, Perfect practice makes perfect: The Importance of Deliberate Practice

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