The SAT is Hardest in (Insert Month Here)

September 19, 2014, by

You may have heard the rumors circulating through the school cafeteria and among the basketball bleachers: “It’s best to take the SAT in May. All the really smart kids are taking their APs in May, so they won’t be able to ruin the curve for everyone else.” Or perhaps you’ve heard this one: “Don’t take… Read more »


The Year in Review: Admissions Trends and Outcomes

May 16, 2014, by

This past year proved to be the most complex and challenging year in college admissions yet, especially at selective and highly selective colleges and universities. As noted in our mid-year and end-of-year research, calculating yield (those who will matriculate) has become a top priority for college admission officers. Identifying strategic early application options is therefore… Read more »


Using Mindfulness To Combat Test Anxiety

April 12, 2014, by

Since 2004, Nitin Sawhney has successfully used meditation and breathing exercises to help his students overcome test anxiety. All details in the story below are true. To protect privacy, the student’s name and biographical information have been changed. Mariana is a wonderfully warm, hard working student, with a sparkling curiosity about the world and a… Read more »


Ready to Prepare for the new SAT?

March 14, 2014, by

The New SAT! Probably the biggest question we’ve received in past days is how to prepare for this new SAT. For us, the answer is to focus on core skills in reading, math, and science. 1. Read! : Because the SAT will become more of a reading-based test, just doing crash courses on vocabulary won’t… Read more »


First Take on The New SAT

March 14, 2014, by

As you know, the College Board is attempting a true reinvention of the SAT. For all the news stories printed and broadcast on this topic, many are bombastic, few are comprehensive, and none provide adequate guidance to parents and students. Below, I outline the major changes. And on my next post, I suggest a simple a four-step… Read more »