SAT or ACT? An Opinion Article From a Standardized Test Prep Expert

Posted by Campbell on 1/16/19 5:19 PM

One of the questions I am asked most is why do I recommend prepping for the ACT over the SAT (particularly when the baseline scores for the SAT seem stronger)?  Simply put: ACT questions are easier and the format is as well.

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Tags: ACT, SAT

How To Study For The LSAT Without Burning Out

Posted by Audrianne on 1/14/19 5:39 PM

I, like many aspiring law students, knew I was on a law school trajectory quite a while before I applied. I knew that a good LSAT score would make a huge difference in my life. I wanted to set myself up for success, but I definitely didn’t want to start studying LSAT textbooks. Instead, I loosely “studied” for the LSAT for about a year by doing parallel activities that improved my LSAT skills. I ultimately settled down with a 10-week study program before my official LSAT. While this may not be the right choice for everyone, it really worked for me. Being able to weave studying into my own timeline while I worked full-time allowed me a nice work-study-life balance that not all of my friends achieved.

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Tags: LSAT

The Key to Mastering Mathematics? Quit Memorizing.

Posted by Amit on 1/11/19 5:08 PM

There are many misconceptions when it comes to the subject of mathematics.  One of the most common myths I encounter is related to the way one approaches learning math. 

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Tags: math

How to Choose for your Child: SSAT or ISEE?

Posted by Martha C. on 1/9/19 4:14 PM

Applying to a private high school is similar in many ways to applying to a college, especially with college preparatory schools.  One thing is for sure: the process can be extremely daunting. The high school admissions process includes the application form, recommendation letters, a transcript, a tour of the school, an interview, a day of classes, and (perhaps most terrifying of all) several standardized tests.

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21st Century Spanish-Language Films You Can Stream Right Now

Posted by Edgardo on 1/7/19 3:43 PM

We all know that one of the most important aspects to learning a language is exposure.  However, if you're not living in a country that speaks the language you're trying to learn natively, exposing yourself to native speakers can be incredibly tricky!

Luckily, in the age of Netflix and Amazon, you can immerse yourself in language through movies, and there are many wonderful 21st century films that will help you strengthen your Spanish!  We encourage all of our novice and intermediate Spanish learners to stream the following films, and then complete the crossword below to test your knowledge.

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Tags: Spanish, language learning

Complex Solution Composition Problems: Knowing Where to Start

Posted by Viemma on 1/4/19 3:12 PM

Thanksgiving dinner conversations can be uncomfortable…

But solution composition problems don’t have to be. Recall that a solution is a homogenous mixture of two or more substances. Chemists have come up with many ways to describe the composition of a solution. Some ways are more appropriate than others depending on the situation. 

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Tags: chemistry

The Importance of Strategic Flexibility when Tackling Difficult GMAT Quant Problems

Posted by Ben L on 1/2/19 2:40 PM

In preparing for the quantitative section of the GMAT, students need to become proficient in a number of different math topics ranging from algebra to geometry.  In addition to understanding how to approach these topics in a straightforward manner, students also benefit from developing an arsenal of strategies that can be applied to a variety of question types such as estimation, choosing smart numbers, and process of elimination. As the difficulty of problems increases, it becomes increasingly important for students to be able to move fluidly from one strategy to another, often combining more than one to solve a single problem.  Let’s take a look at the following problem which is adapted from one I saw on the actual test:

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What’s a Thesis Statement?

Posted by Aaron G on 12/28/18 11:36 AM

Every paper you write in college should have it. Sometimes professors call this a “thesis statement,” sometimes a “claim,” and sometimes they don’t really specify what it is. But it’s essential — and sometime elusive. But it shouldn’t be! 

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Tags: expository writing

Guide to Limiting Reactant Problems...Using Sandwiches

Posted by Viemma on 12/26/18 4:51 PM

An everyday limiting reactant problem

You’re expecting company and totally forgot to go grocery shopping. What on earth will you feed your guests? Sandwiches! You have some ingredients to whip up some sandwiches. So, let’s assume you are going to go through with making these sandwiches. You need 2 slices of bread, 3 slices of meat (can’t be stingy), and 1 slice of cheese for each sandwich. After raiding your refrigerator, you discover that you have 8 slices of bread, 9 slices of meat, and 5 slices of cheese. You worry that this won’t be enough. How many sandwiches can you make?

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Tags: chemistry

College Interviews: Dos, Don'ts, and Common Questions

Posted by Martha C. on 12/21/18 3:40 PM

Remember that the college interview is as much an opportunity for the school to learn about you as if is for you to learn about the school.  There is no right answer during an interview (it should be thought of more as a conversation); though there are some helpful things to remember when you step into your first interview.

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Tags: college admssions