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APs and SAT IIs

Submitted by ashley on Thu, 12/02/2010 - 1:28pm

If you’ve signed up to take a few SAT IIs in June, you’re probably wondering how to prepare for them when you’re already busy studying for APs and school exams. When I was in high school, a few of my teachers told me that my exams would provide adequate preparation for my SAT II tests since there was so much overlap in material. Unfortunately, this is only partly true. Sure, practicing math problems doesn’t hurt when you’re gearing up for a math test, but you still need to do some SAT II – specific studying.

Why you should only study with Collegeboard tests

Submitted by ashley on Thu, 12/02/2010 - 1:25pm

Recently, I ran into some family friends who have a 16-year old daughter. They told me that they were going to go out, buy an SAT test prep book by a certain well known company, and learn all the “tricks” to mastering standardized tests. I vehemently argued against this common, yet misguided approach. Here are some little tidbits of wisdom I’ve picked up over the years (in list form, since everybody likes lists.)

SAT-Optional Schools

Submitted by ashley on Thu, 12/02/2010 - 1:22pm

National Admissions Statistics

Submitted by ashley on Thu, 12/02/2010 - 1:17pm

I intended to write this week’s blog about the national admissions statistics for the class for 2014. I wanted to evaluate percentages and point out various developments, but it doesn’t take an expert to interpret these facts. Almost all the competitive schools received more applications than ever before (Yale being the exception), and as a result, they accepted an even smaller percentage of students than they had in previous years.

Enhance Your Vocabulary

Submitted by ashley on Thu, 12/02/2010 - 12:20pm

Your Junior Year Transcript

Submitted by ashley on Thu, 12/02/2010 - 12:04pm


Submitted by ashley on Thu, 12/02/2010 - 10:54am

The ACT vs the SAT

Submitted by ashley on Tue, 11/30/2010 - 5:08pm

Every year, students seem to become more and more curious about the ACT. They typically ask me how it differs from the SAT, whether one test is more challenging than the other, and how college admissions committees weigh the various scores. There are, of course, no simple answers to these questions.