The Year in Review: Admissions Trends and Outcomes

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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

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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?

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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

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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 »

What People Say

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The following are comments from students and parents who have used our tutoring and test preparation services. We offer tutoring in most academic subjects and prepare students for the SSAT, ISEE, HSPT, PSAT, SAT and Subject Tests, and the ACT. We also prepare students for graduate school standardized tests. Our clients come from the Washington,… Read more »

Math 1 vs. Math 2

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Around this time of year a lot of high school students are sweating over the question, “Should I take the Math 1 or Math 2 Subject Test?” Both are 60 minutes long and all multiple choice, and allow calculators. The Math 1 tests material commonly learned in Geometry, Algebra 1 and Algebra 2, and the… Read more »

The Shady Side of Test Optional

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Amidst all the hullabaloo about the recent SAT score inflation scandal at Claremont McKenna (here’s a Bloomberg article on the subject), a central point may be getting drowned out: Many colleges are out to game the rankings system, in one way or the other.  Some do it in ways that are legitimate, while others do it… Read more »

Should I take the GRE or the GMAT?

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Applying to business school? Trying to decide to take the GRE or the GMAT? Let me help you make the decision. While both the GMAT and the GRE test similar concepts, one test may play more to your strengths than the other. Generally speaking, the GMAT may be better for those applicants with stronger quantitative… Read more »