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What Parents Should Know About Standardized Tests
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You may have been hearing a lot about standardized testing in the classroom recently. Some say standardized testing can be a beneficial tool to objectively measure the performance of both students and teachers, while others argue that standardized testing leads to “teaching for the test” and does not leave enough room for more creative and…

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Tips for Writing a Good Paper
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Throughout your academic career, you’re going to be faced with a variety of assignments. However, probably the most assignment you’ll encounter most often – and especially in college – is writing a paper. Writing and communication skills are critical for academic success. Since you’ll likely be writing papers throughout your high school and college careers,…

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SAT Subjects Offered on the SAT Subject Tests
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What subjects are offered on the SAT Subject Tests? Students and parents alike are usually anxious to find ways to prepare for the process of applying to college.  One of the most beneficial aspects of the process is to be familiar with the standardized testing options.    In addition to the SAT or ACT, students may…

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The SAT Writing Section & The ACT Writing Section
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What you need to know about the Writing sections of the SAT and ACT While multiple choice questions can cause some concern, students are generally more comfortable with that format.  But with the Writing sections of both the SAT and the ACT, students may be a little more apprehensive about taking the test.  So, it’s…

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Junior Summer: What to Do the Summer After Junior Year
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What you need to do the summer before you become a senior. No, the answer is not to spend it all at the beach because it’s your last free summer.  And it’s more than just having your senior portraits taken.  Your senior year is approaching and, while it will be a lot of fun, it…

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How important is a High School resume?
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How important is a High School resume? Extracurricular activities in high school mean more than just the most pictures in the yearbook.  Colleges are looking for leadership ability.  While the GPA and test scores may be outstanding, the ability of the student to be involved in and perform well outside the classroom or test environment…

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The Pro and Cons of Dual Enrollment at Your High School and College
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What about Dual Enrollment? High school juniors who have completed the majority of their academic requirements for graduation may consider a dual enrollment plan for their senior year.  By taking dual-enrollment classes, students can study at a local college and, in many cases, earn college credit for those courses. Earning college credit while still in…

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How to cancel your SAT Scores
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What if I think my SAT Scores are going to be really bad? Some days you just know that you didn’t perform at your every best level.  When that happens, you do have options. Change the recipients:  Up until nine days after the test, you have the option to change who will receive the scores.…

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Things to Consider When Visiting Colleges This Summer
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Visiting College Campuses In some cases, the student may already be familiar with the campus of their preferred college.  Either their parents went there or perhaps an older sibling.  But if not, campus visits are essential in helping the student make a final decision.  The best time, of course, is to visit when school is…

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ACT Writing Test: What is it and should your child take it?
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Is the ACT Writing Test necessary? The Writing portion of the ACT was added in 2005.  The section remains optional and the student needs to determine whether he or she needs to take this portion of the exam. What’s the Writing test all about? The ACT Writing test gives students 30 minutes to complete one…

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What Can you Bring to the SAT on Test Day?
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Today’s students have a world of items they deem necessary to have at all times.  But many of those simply aren’t acceptable when taking the SAT. Here’s what the student should bring the day of the test: Admission ticket A valid photo ID.  Look here if you have any questions about acceptable identification. No. 2…

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Choosing Educational Toys for Your Children
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With the holidays approaching many parents are wondering what the best gift choices for their children are this season. It may be easy to get caught up in trends and buy your child the most popular video games and flashy toys, but there are many alternative choices that you and your children will both enjoy.…

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Understanding ACT Test Scores
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The scoring for the ACT is different than other standardized test, so it’s a good idea for the student to understand how scoring works on the ACT test.  The basics on the test scoring are: Multiple Choice Sections:  English, Math, Reading, Science Each correct answer is worth one point.  Students do not lose points if…

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How do I know if my ACT scores are good enough?
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If you, or your student, are making plans to attend college, no doubt you’ve wondered what constitutes a good ACT score, or whether those scores are good enough for the school of your choice.  When you’re looking at taking the ACT, the answers to these basic questions will help you navigate the process. Is taking…

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How do I know if my SAT Scores are good?
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Every student or parent wants to know what SAT scores are considered to be “good.”  There’s no easy answer to that.  Much of it depends on the college of choice and importance they place on the test scores in the application process.  What one school considers to be outstanding scores may only be acceptable or…

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What High School Juniors Need to Know About College Entrance Exams
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Juniors in high school should be thinking about the prom and what it’s going to be like to be like when the seniors are finally out of their way, right?  While students may think those important, it’s also time to be looking at college entrance exams.  Knowing all the right terms and when to take…

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Fostering Creativity in Your Child
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Raising children comes with more questions than answers. During the elementary school ages, one of the questions parents face often is whether to keep their child focused and studious or whether to let them explore and express their creativity more. While it is likely very important to you that your child excel academically, there are…

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Common Writing Struggles and How Parents Can Help
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Learning to write is one of the earliest tasks children learn in school, but it can prove to be difficult. Often times parents are confused as to why a child with a strong command of spoken language seems to struggle with written language. This is completely normal and pretty common for young children. Most young…

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SAT vs ACT: Popularity by State
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While it is common for students to take both the SAT and ACT, historically the SAT has been the test of choice on both the East and West Coasts while the ACT has been favored in the Midwest. Because the tests have different formats, they may highlight different strengths of the student.  Some students choose…

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Comparing the SAT and the ACT
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While students have a choice of which test they would prefer to take, it’s a good idea to look at the particulars of each to make an informed decision.  Depending on the student, eat test could highlight different strengths and weaknesses.  Here are some basic comparisons of the two tests. While the SAT is a…

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