Information, insight, and tips for the ACT

4 Tips to Ease Test Anxiety
08 September, 2020
Test anxiety is a type of performance anxiety. It can affect us at any age, but children in elementary school are especially likely to be anxious about test-taking. Many students experience negative thoughts and fear of failure associated with test-taking. Here are 4 tips to help ease test anxiety.
Tips For Writing A Strong Personal Statement
26 August, 2020
The personal statement allows schools to do a holistic review of your application, enabling them to see the full picture of who you are. It is your one chance on your application, along with any supplemental essays, to come alive off the page and show your personality.
5 Ways High Schoolers Can Prepare For College Applications
15 April, 2020
Most schools across the United States have closed their doors for the past few weeks. Despite the school closures, students should still be spending their time productively. Here are five ways high school students can prepare for college applications right now. 1. Create A College List It’s not too early to start building a college list. Organize the school name, average stats of the applicants (SAT/ACT scores, GPA, average acceptance rates, etc.) in an Excel spreadsheet, and compare it to your
What COVID-19 Means For Your SAT/ACT Prep
13 April, 2020
Note: This advice is presented in mid-April 2019 and is subject to change as policies change. Check back for updated advice, and feel free to reach out to us for up-to-date guidance. Since mid-March, when COVID-19 altered the patterns of our lives, many students and parents have reached out to ask what they should do about SAT or ACT prep in social isolation or even under quarantine. And when the March 14 SAT and April 4 ACT dates were canceled, many students in the high school Class of 2021 we
Issue 21: Are You Smarter Than Your High Schooler?
15 February, 2020
As President’s Day approaches, it’s a perfect time to do some SAT and ACT questions on the apostrophe. If you’re not sure what exactly the proper spelling of the February holiday is, or have no idea how to use an apostrophe, here’s a lesson from our 2019 blog [] .Settle down with a box of Valentine’s Day chocolates, and do your best. [quiz-cat id=”7424″]
Balancing Homework and After-School Sports
06 January, 2020
Most afternoons my children come home from school with their backpacks loaded with homework assignments. They both play multiple sports, and it’s always an ongoing struggle to find a way to balance homework and after-school sports before bedtime. More often than not, it’s a losing battle. As a result, the kids are up late into the night, trying to finish those last math equations or study their spelling words. In the morning they wake up tired, only to start the cycle all over again. Many Kids
College Planning Timeline for High School Students
02 January, 2020
For tens, maybe hundreds of thousands of seniors applying to college this year, the admissions process will be one of the most grueling and stressful experiences they’ve had in their lives.  If you’re a student or a parent of a student who’s just starting high school, however, we’ve got good news: you can avoid nearly all of the stress of the application process by planning for success early on. In fact, if you stick to our timeline, we guarantee that aiming high over the next four years, and i
Four Things Students Should Do If They Are Deferred From Their Dream University
13 December, 2019
College admissions early decisions are starting to come out, and some students might get an unexpected answer back: a deferral. A deferral is similar to the limbo of college admissions—you aren’t quite into the university, but you aren’t rejected yet either. When the university defers you, it means that the school sees potential in your application, but the admissions officers want to evaluate your application again during the regular decision cycle. If you do get deferred, here are four steps
Holiday Issue: Are You Smarter Than Your High Schooler?
13 December, 2019
Trees are decorated, candles are burning, the days are growing ever shorter, and PSAT scores have arrived, all signs that the end of the calendar year is fast approaching. For many students, December means taking the SAT or ACT, while for many others, it means studying for tests before winter break. This column will take a break, too, and return in the new year to offer parents opportunities to test whether they are smarter than their high schoolers. So for the last time this decade, here are t
Black Friday Edition: Are You Smarter Than Your High Schooler?
02 December, 2019
This week’s column is dedicated to all those who bemoan Black Friday’s eclipse of Thanksgiving, shudder at the crass commercialism, and would never get up at 5 AM to shop—but are just a teensy bit tempted by all those door-busting deals. So stay home instead, make yourself a turkey sandwich, and play fantasy retail with these questions inspired by ones that have appeared on the SAT or the ACT. [quiz-cat id=”7272″]
Issue 19: Are You Smarter Than Your High Schooler?
18 November, 2019
Transitions are hard. We may have adjusted to Standard Time in the last few weeks, but who likes that first day with a late afternoon sunset? It’s even worse when we transition to Daylight Saving Time in the spring. Some people struggle with transitions to new seasons, school years, or presidential administrations. And not even Johnny Depp looks good wearing transition lenses. On the SAT Writing and Language and the ACT English, many students struggle with transition questions and mistakenly lu
Halloween Edition: Are You Smarter Than Your High Schooler
31 October, 2019
Happy Halloween! Here are two terrifying questions inspired by recent tests, a blood-curdling ACT and a spine-chilling SAT. Try them only if you dare. [quiz-cat id=”7229″]