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Subjective vs. Objective

I receive many questions about understanding the difference between these two key terms — here is my answer! Subjective questions and readings are tied to EMOTION. Objective questions and readings are tied to FACT. When reading a science passage, ask yourself, “Is this an objective or subjective piece?” If the passage is objective, the questions… Read more »

Add Flavor to your Essay- Bring in History

I have read literally thousands of SAT essays, and I know that many students mention examples from history in their 25 minute essay. However, students do just that – they mention history. In 25 minutes, the average student has difficulty coming up with the details necessary to really support an essay and therefore only brings… Read more »

Five Damaging Remarks Well-Meaning Parents Make

I recently posted the five characteristics of supportive parents, adapted from The Zen of the SAT by Susan Fine. Now it’s time to look at Susan Fine’s five damaging remarks well-meaning parents make. Sadly, I see that I have been guilty of at least three of the five damaging remarks, regarding tests in general. I… Read more »

Narrowing the College Search

There are thousands of colleges and universities to choose from. Start by eliminating schools that do not meet your standards. Consider the following criteria when first beginning your college search: • Regional Location • Setting (Urban or Rural) • Enrollment Size (20,000 or 2,000) • Academic Program • Admissions Criteria Admissions criteria should be the… Read more »

Signs that it Won’t Last

Remember, this is a committed relationship. You want four years of happiness… You Don’t Like the Campus. The school is great. The program is strong. The students seem enthusiastic. But the campus just doesn’t “feel right.” Be it the urban setting, the drab architecture or the lack of landscape, if you don’t feel right on… Read more »

Tips to Rock the 2015 ACT!

Here’s one New Year’s resolution you won’t want to break: rock the 2015 ACT! You can make this resolution a reality with these five helpful tips: English: The context (style and structure) questions usually require more thought than the grammar questions do. Focus first on just the grammar questions within each 15 question passage (there are… Read more »

Push Those Calculator Buttons!

When does 2 – 2 = 4? When a kid is stressed, the clock is ticking, and there’s only a few minutes left on the SAT or ACT. You’d be surprised by how many silly mistakes students make as they race through math problems, scribbling furiously in the margins of their test booklet. 2 –… Read more »

Tips to Rock the 2015 SAT!

As we ring in 2015, I want to share my four most popular SAT tips. (Next week I will give you my four most popular ACT tips.) Please share these tips with your child to ensure great testing success in 2015! I wish all of you a new year filled with laughter and joy. Reading… Read more »

SAT Vocabulary: Develop Your Potty Language!

To the distress of many students, vocabulary is an integral part of the SAT reading component (both sentence completion and reading comprehension questions). Therefore, studying vocabulary must become an integral part of every SAT-taker’s life. Now, I don’t know the ins and outs of my students’ lives. I don’t know when they have sports, when… Read more »

Get in the SAT Zone

It is the perfect time for you to embrace the SAT and to get into the SAT Zone! You should absolutely spend time fine tuning SAT skills and strategies. Deliberate practice is not just about completing test after test and getting a score*. It is about ACTIVE learning – completing a section, analyzing the answers,… Read more »

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