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How Did the Class of 2013 Do on the ACT?

 
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Now that the class of 2013 has graduated (and we’re already looking at the class of 2014 for this spring), it’s important to take a look back on how these students did on the ACT so future students know what they’re up against.

Essential Math Review for SAT and ACT

 
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The spring and summer sessions for the SAT and ACT are right around the corner, and even though it doesn’t feel like it now, they’re going to come up faster than you realize.

How to Improve Your Vocabulary One Day at a Time

 
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Learning vocabulary can seem like a grade school activity, something that doesn’t matter when you’re older and in high school. But the truth is that learning more vocab is a smart thing to do.

Is Caffeine Good or Bad for Studying?

 
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Students are always looking for the next best way to stay awake and help them study. Whether it’s the newest energy drink or caffeine-filled gummy bears (yes, these are real), they want to try whatever will keep them falling asleep on their study papers.

New Year, New Study Habits: How to Make Changes in the New Year

 
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How well do you think you studied this past year? It’s not a question you’re probably thinking about right now. However, it’s one that you should ask yourself if you want your 2014 school year to be successful.

What Is the ACT Verbal Score?

 
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As you look into and study for the ACT, sometimes you might run across information about the test that’s not very clear. Unfortunately, the “verbal score” is one of these areas that’s caused a bit of confusion among students and their parents.

Think Fast: A standardized test that’s a sprint to the finish

 
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In the real world, we tend to make important decisions deliberately. Especially when we’re doing things that may be considered “academic” – like figuring out the amortization on a mortgage or reading through the terms of an automobile lease agreement – we are encouraged to do so with careful thought, and for good reason. Do we want to agree to terms we haven’t fully processed? Should we make financial decisions based on first-time, blitz-like math calculations? Certainly not. Yet there is one roughly four-hour period in many high school students’ lives that demands the sort of rapid-fire, no-second-thoughts action that, by and large, is discouraged in life after school. 

How to Stay Focused During the Holidays

 
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At this point in the year, many students are rejoicing that school’s going to be out soon for the Christmas break. But for juniors and seniors preparing to take the ACT or SAT, this vacation can break your focus.

The ACT: A Standardized Test That's a Sprint to the Finish

 

In the real world, we tend to make important decisions deliberately. Especially when we’re doing things that may be considered “academic” – like figuring out the amortization on a mortgage or reading through the terms of an automobile lease agreement – we are encouraged to do so with careful thought, and for good reason. Do we want to agree to terms we haven’t fully processed? Should we make financial decisions based on first-time, blitz-like math calculations? Certainly not. Yet there is one roughly four-hour period in many high school students’ lives that demands the sort of rapid-fire, no-second-thoughts action that, by and large, is discouraged in life after school.

Extra, Extra! Old Guy Takes the ACT!

 
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A few years ago, I took the SAT for the first time in 18 years, as a 35 year old. I wrote an article about the experience and the article ended up appearing in newspapers around the country.

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