Beating the Test Stress

Standardized tests get a bad rap. Students get stressed, parents get stressed and then students feel their parents’ stress and wig out some more. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Albert Ellis, author of How To Stubbornly Refuse To Make Yourself Miserable About Anything-yes, Anything and critically acclaimed psychotherapist explains how we create … Read more

Whether and If – interchangeable? Sometimes.

How do you choose between whether and if? And how often does it matter? On the GMAT it doesn’t matter that often thankfully, but here are the highlights for times that may matter: Use “whether,” not “if,” before infinitives. I can’t decide whether to cook dinner or order takeout. Use “whether” in a two-part question … Read more

Top 3 Resources to Improve English for Non-native Speakers

Here are some resources to aid your writing and speaking skills particularly if you are not a native American English speaker. If you have recommendations, please add them in the comments below. The first few are resources that are uniformly robust and are useful to my former students. These are not resources for total beginners. … Read more

Grammar Nerds Rejoice

Think you have grammar chopz? These two questions are in a quiz listed by the Baltimore Sun. Link to the full quiz is below. I’ll put up my take on how the GMAT would respond next Monday. If you think you have the chopz, make your case in the comments below. (1) Miss Mann is … Read more

Your SAT Personality

The SAT is stressful. All year long for some students! Not only can your score seem to determine your fate in college applications, but also can cause great competition with your friends. Are you the Dreamer? Or the Know-it-all?? Use our SAT Personality tool to find out. Who has the coolest title? Loading…

What to do the Week of the SAT

It’s that time again, the SAT is a few days away and the bulk of your study efforts are complete. Now what? Is there anything you can do the week of the test to maximize test performance? Yes! While the material you study this week can help you refine, you aren’t likely to Move Mega … Read more

Best Foods For Your Brain

If you are taking advantage of the summer to hit the books to prepare for the SAT, follow our advice to feed your brain what it needs. These ingredients will help you retain information and produce energy! Try out the following tips before the test date and see how your brain reacts.  Eggs Eggs will … Read more

Make The Most Of Your Summer: Study Up for the SAT

Summer time is known for its sunshine, leafy trees and great expectations of fun. It’s also a great opportunity to study for the SAT! Away from daily responsibilities as students, the summer allows students to focus on increasing their scores, establishing new targets and working on their strengths and weaknesses in greater depth. 1. Take … Read more

SAT, ACT, Common Core

Quick Term Cheat Sheet: SAT – formerly an aptitude test, now an achievement test, tomorrow?? ACT – Achievement test Common Core – The curriculum designed to make sure US kids cover some body of knowledge relevant to our future. “It is time for an admissions assessment that makes it clear that the road to success … Read more

Know the process, not the formula, if you want to ace the SAT

Teachers, prep books, and tutoring services often recommend memorization as the best and sometimes only way improve your score on the SAT. You memorize vocabulary for the English section, formulas for the math section. Sometimes you even memorize question types. We’ve already explained why vocabulary memorization is ineffective and what you can do instead. But … Read more