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The GRE Quantitative Reasoning Section: A 2021-2022 Overview
30 November, 2021
What's covered in the GRE math section is no secret [https://www.ets.org/gre/revised_general/prepare/quantitative_reasoning/], but that doesn't make it easier to tackle. Many students applying to graduate programs haven't taken a math class in a while; in fact, unless you're going to school for math, it's probably been years since you did math in an academic setting. And even if you are pursuing a graduate degree in math, you probably haven't touched the topics covered on this test for years! T
How to Get LSAT Accommodations: An Overview
18 November, 2021
Massive understatement incoming: the LSAT is hard. Like, “the LSAC has released more than 90 previous official tests because they don’t care how much you prep because they don’t think it matters” hard. You need every edge you can get on this test, and with that in mind, the last thing you want is to be eligible for testing accommodations but miss out on taking advantage of them because you don’t know the process. Fortunately, we’re here to help. As with most standardized tests, the LSAC provide
The GMAT As an Adaptive Test: What’s It All About?
02 November, 2021
So you’ve decided you want to be a CEO. As you’re planning for business school and consequently investigating the GMAT, you’re likely to come across the term computer adaptive. What does that really mean? And why is it so important to understand the GMAT as a computer adaptive test (CAT) when you’re deciding between the GMAT and the GRE? The GMAT adaptive test is unlike any of the other major standardized tests you’ve taken in your lifetime. Other tests calculate your raw score based on your n
Balancing Content and Strategy in Your SSAT/ISEE Prep
26 October, 2021
One of the most important things you can do in standardized test prep is learn the key strategies. This is because the structure of the test is part of the challenge of the test. Knowing all the material that can show up isn’t enough to get a perfect score; skills like pacing yourself optimally and using the multiple-choice format to your advantage are also essential. This is as true for the SSAT and ISEE as it is for any other standardized test, but these tests are somewhat unique in that lear
SSAT and ISEE Prep for Private, Independent, and Boarding School Admissions
19 October, 2021
For many families, the independent, private, and boarding school admissions process can be intimidating. And that’s probably an understatement: this process tends to feel a bit like arm-wrestling an octopus, only the octopus is cheating. Not only does each individual school have its own set of admissions policies and procedures, but many also include a requirement to submit standardized test scores. This often puts parents in the unfortunate position of having to tackle the standardized test pre
Optimizing Your SSAT Testing Schedule
04 October, 2021
Constructing an ideal testing schedule for the SSAT is far more straightforward than doing likewise for the ISEE, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. Even just trying to navigate the SSAT’s labyrinthine (complimentary vocab word preview!) website can feel like an adventure unto itself. Fortunately, your friendly neighborhood test experts are here with some helpful tips on optimizing your SSAT testing schedule. For the paper-based Middle Level and Upper Level tests, the SSAT is offered on six Stand
Pro Tips for Approaching the Personal Statement Given COVID-19
30 September, 2021
By Kevin Trudel of Moon Prep Academy Your Personal Statement plays a vital role in the consideration of your college application. For the Common Application, the most widely used application system, it is a 650 word-essay that allows for a holistic review of your application. It is an opportunity for the Admissions Office at a university to get to know you personally, to understand what type of person you are beyond your transcript, scores, or activities. For many universities, the importanc
SSAT Test Prep: An Overview & Breakdown
25 August, 2021
The SSAT, or Secondary School Admission Test, [https://www.ssat.org/testing/about-the-test] is a standardized test used in the admissions process for private and independent schools. With over 50 expert SSAT tutors, our community is able to guide students efficiently towards their optimal test score. Our team of career tutors know the test inside and out. We tailor our tutoring efforts to fit each individual student in order to focus on both strategies and SSAT test content. The term “standardi
The MCAT: A Deep Dive and Breakdown of the CARS Portion
06 July, 2021
Many MCAT test-takers have a background in the sciences and find that the Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills (CARS) portion of the exam is particularly challenging. On top of the very anxiety-inducing time pressure of the CARS section, the texts that examinees are required to read often come from genres with which students are not familiar, such as literary criticism, art history, and philosophy. To ensure that candidates have the opportunity to achieve their target score, we have include
LSAT Prep: Why Is It So Important and How Should You Proceed?
30 June, 2021
If you're planning to attend law school in North America, you'll probably need to take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) as part of the admissions process. The test is intended to measure the skills critical to success in the first year of law school, like reading comprehension, logical reasoning, and writing ability. There are countless nuances to the LSAT itself, and studying for it is best undertaken as a months-long endeavor--but before you dive into it, there are a number of general poin
The GRE vs the GMAT: Which Test is Right for You?
25 June, 2021
Are you considering applying to graduate school? You may be wondering which graduate admissions exam you should take — the GRE or the GMAT. Until recently, the choice was clear: take the GMAT for a graduate business program (like an MBA) and take the GRE for almost any other graduate program in the arts and sciences. In 2006, however, Stanford began accepting the GRE for Business School applications, and since then more and more business schools have joined in. So if you are planning to apply to
How Much Do Extracurriculars Matter In College Admissions: A Word From Moon Prep
22 June, 2021
In the 2020-21 cycle, 10% more college applications [https://www.insidehighered.com/admissions/article/2021/01/26/common-apps-new-data-show-overall-gains-applications-not-first] were submitted compared to the previous year. Students were applying to more schools, as the most selective universities [https://www.crimsoneducation.org/us/blog/admissions-news/brown-application-numbers-hit-record-high-for-class-of-2025/] , like Harvard University, Brown University, and New York University, all saw hu