Posts By: Melissa Slive

Out with the Old and In with the New!

The following list was featured in the Journal News on January 11th and provides an overview of the changes that will appear on the March 5th SAT. Ten things you need to know about the new SAT: 1.There is no penalty for guessing on the new SAT. Wrong answers used to be counted against the… Read more »

New, Reading-Heavy SAT Has Students Worried

The Redesigned SAT marks a big change in testing. The new exam, designed to follow what is being taught in the classroom, is more reading intensive than the old SAT. How will this affect the students taking this new test? Read this article to find out what various experts think about the new format and… Read more »

Vocabulary is STILL Key!

Yes, the SAT has changed. The 19 sentence completions have vanished just as the antonyms vanished in 1994 and the analogies in 2005. Still, don’t think that having a strong vocabulary is no longer important. The critical readings on this new test are filled with difficult vocabulary; understanding these words aids in the comprehension of… Read more »

The end of college ranks as we know them

How do you judge a higher education institution? For years, many different publications have tried to rank the colleges in the United States on various qualifications, such as SAT scores and faculty income. However, not until recently have studies looked into students’ lives after graduation. Read this article to explore the new way to rank… Read more »

New Hampshire University Offers Grads Employment ‘Guarantee’

Paying for a college is supposed to be an investment, one that students should see a return on in the form of a good job. However, many recent graduates struggle to find employment. So universities have started to take it upon themselves to protect their students’ investments. Read this article to discover the different programs… Read more »

Don’t Do Math; Pick Numbers!

The math sections on the SAT and ACT may seem daunting at times, especially if math isn’t your favorite subject. But the best thing about these exams is that you DO NOT have to treat them like math class in school. You are only being scored on your answer choice, not on the work that… Read more »

Rethinking College Admissions

Everyone who has gone through the college admissions process has felt the stress and the need to produce a perfect application based on what our country’s institutions have deemed impressive and worthy. These expectations sometimes feel out of reach and put a lot of pressure on students’ shoulders. Fortunately, colleges are now beginning to realize… Read more »

Tell a Story in the Science Section

There is nothing like a good story. Granted, sitting in an uncomfortable chair for 3 long hours in a stuffy room is not conducive to relaxing, fun story-telling. Yet, if students want to ace the Science section of the ACT then they must learn to turn the science charts and graphs into a compelling story…. Read more »

9 Things to Know About the New SAT

This March will mark the start of the Redesigned SAT exam. Many have questions regarding the changes and consequences of this newly constructed test. Our own Laura Wilson was recently interviewed about the change and gave the nine biggest differences you can expect to find in this new test. Read this article to find the… Read more »

Create a Winning ACT Essay!

As of September, the ACT has adopted a new essay format.* The old version asked students to write a persuasive essay on a straightforward, usually high-school related question, e.g. “Should schools establish a dress code?” The new version provides a prompt that presents a topic, then asks students to consider three different perspectives. In comparison… Read more »

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