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Fishing for SAT Essay Strategies? Good. Here are 10!

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Relax. They aren't going to bite. These 10 SAT essay strategies may, in fact, send you sailing smoothly into the crystal clear waters of essay perfection. So, grab a net and climb aboard!

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Free SAT Prep Through Number2.com

Thursday April 17, 2014

Dollars and CentsHave you registered to take the SAT on May 3? If so, you should be armpits-deep in your test prep right about now. If you haven't started and cashiola is the reason, then consider this: you don't have to be a billionaire to get good, quality SAT prep. Nope. You do not.

There are a bunch of sources for free SAT prep, and Number2.com is one of them. Over 2 million students and counting have used the site for test prep. You'll find practice exams, questions and words of the day to help you get ready to nail the SAT. There is even a space for a "coach" like a parent, tutor, or teacher to sign in and track your progress, so they'll know how to tailor their SAT tutoring for you. (This is a good thing. I promise). The SAT Companion (also free) automatically adapts to your skill level and can send you an email reminder about studying, not that you'd need that or anything.

So, quit bellyaching about your empty wallet and get busy. You have an exam coming up!

College Board Releases Info About Redesigned SAT

Wednesday April 16, 2014

scantronCurious about the design of the new SAT coming in 2016? Then, by all means, take a peek! The College Board has issued a draft of the test specifications.

The College Board, does, however, caution against taking the draft as the final copy. The changes are indicative of what's to come, but may be amended based on continual research.

For the time being, though, browse through the document to see a close approximation of the impending changes for the SAT exam.

Current SAT Info:

 

Test Prep Tasty Tidbit: Help Your Teen Set Study Expectations

Tuesday April 15, 2014

High School BoyHere's your test prep tasty tidbit of the week. Eat 'em up!

Help Your Teen Set Study Expectations

Sit down with your kid to determine the goals he or she has set for the semester (A-average, raising a grade in Spanish, etc.). If your teenager doesn't have any, set some goals together. Make them SMAART! Then, explain that you'd like to help him or her reach those goals, so you'll need help in setting up some expectations for the study sessions. Together, you could come up with some rules like "Facebook and cell phones can be used after you're ready for the test or iPods should be set to great music for studying, etc." Decide on some sort of reward system to enforce the ground rules (B's or above on the report card gets a later curfew on Friday nights?) and see if it makes a difference. If your kid's grades are slipping, you'll know that the study rules aren't being kept (and your kid will know that you know).

Need more help studying with your teenager? Check out these four ways to help him or study here!

ACT Video Winners!

Thursday April 10, 2014

Did you submit a video for the ACT video contest? Scholarships were at stake! If you did, but didn't win, here's a look at the video winners so you can see exactly what you were up against.

Congratulations to all of the winners!

Top 5 Things Everyone Should Know About Calculators and the ACT
1st Place - $1,000 scholarship
Jordan Pin, Oronoco, MN View video.

2nd Place - $500 scholarship
Scott Svare, Savage, MN View video.

Strategies for Taking the ACT
1st Place - $1,000 scholarship
Corey McCrea, Memphis, NY View video.

2nd Place - $500 scholarship
Edward Seitz, Hometown, IL View video.

What is the ACT?
1st Place - $1,000 scholarship
Vincent Capuano, Kissimmee, FL View video.

2nd Place - $500 scholarship
Austin Sanders, Monmouth, IA View video.

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