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Canada vs US: What’s a better fit?

The decision to study abroad and venture out of your comfort zone is surely not an easy one. It is no secret that the USA has consistently been the top most popular destination for international students all across the globe....

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A Letter to High School Seniors

Dear reader, Congratulations! You did it! You’ve committed to your university! This is a huge step in your life, and we are so excited for you. It comes with independence and responsibility. You are about to step into a new,...

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Oh The Places You’ll Go!

By  Areesha Velani Decisions are rolling in - several giddy acceptances, a few heart-breaking rejections, some nail-biting deferrals, and even the straggling waitlists to top it off. With a bountiful bouquet of exciting, yet confusing answers, how do you choose...

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Digital SAT – A New Exam Pattern

By  Jeffrey Dalton When Covid-19 hit, many US universities adopted “test optional” policies that allowed students to apply to universities without submitting test scores. This obviously benefitted students, but it also helped universities, which almost universally saw a record setting...

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Heart of Algebra – Radical Equations and Extraneous Solutions

By Jeffrey Dalton Try to solve this sample SAT math question above. If you are a “savvy” test taker, then you might have noticed that the easiest way to solve it is to take the answer choices and substitute them...

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The Hardest Writing and Language Question Type on the SAT

By Jeffrey Dalton The first thing I teach students about the Writing and Language section is to look at the question they are solving and ask themselves “What’s changing in the answer choices?” The answer to this question will lead...

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How to Choose the Right Calculator

By Patrick Fitz For many students, the math section of any standardized test is stressful. A supporting concern, less technical than logistical, is simple: what calculator to use? There are many on the market, and College Board and ACT Inc....

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Testing Accommodations on the SAT

By Jeffrey Dalton The SAT is a timed exam. Part of the difficulty of the test is the fact that students have only a limited amount of time in which to answer the questions. SAT courses and other test prep...

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How and Why To Learn New Words

By Patrick Fitz Reading consists of making the written word make sense, so understanding those words is of utmost importance in order to get the most out of the process of reading. Every language is composed of many thousands of...

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Why the SAT is Still Taken on Paper

By Jeffrey Dalton When so much of the learning process is currently being done online, it can be disorienting for students who take the SAT that the exam is still offered exclusively in person and on paper. The test requires...

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Who Takes the SAT or ACT?

By Patrick Fitz The two primary standardized tests used for college and university admissions in the US are the ACT and the SAT. An earlier post on this blog identified key differences between the two exams. This post covers recent...

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Crafting a Summer Study Plan

By Jeffrey Dalton Summer is the perfect time to study for standardized tests. Freed from the demands of ordinary academic term study and effort, students can fully devote themselves to preparing for the SAT or the ACT. While this can...

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