I’m Going to College!

Today is May 1st, aka College Decision Day, which means that my college application process has finally come to an end! Back when I was writing my essays during the fall of last year, it felt like this time would never come, but now I can’t believe that time passed so quickly and that I’ll be graduating high school soon (albeit not in person, because of the shelter-in-place orders in my state). I applied to almost twenty colleges, which in retrospect,…

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How to Study for the SAT Biology Subject Test— From an 800 Scorer

Perhaps you're taking a biology class and are wondering how else you can showcase all that you've learned to be considered in the college admission process, or are trying to figure out how you might express your undying love for Earth's numerous biomes on your college application. Or maybe you're just trying to fulfill a testing requirement for a college that you're planning on applying to. Whatever the reason, here is a brief overview of all that you need to know…

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A Guide to SAT Subject Tests

You finally conquered the SAT, having taken countless practice tests and sacrificed hours of precious sleep in favor of tackling practice problem after practice problem leading up to test day. But before happily deleting your Collegeboard account, take a moment to consider that for some of you, your battle with standardized testing is far from over. Instead, you’ve simply entered the next stage: subject tests! What is a subject test? SAT subject tests, also known as SAT IIs, are standardized tests…

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7 Tips for the New School Year

Unlike Phineas and Ferb’s seemingly endless summer of fun, as August came around, Back to School ads came on TV, and many of us were forced to emerge from our summer bubble back into the reality of life as a high school student. Personally, more so than the new year, a new school year is a great opportunity for a fresh start⁠— to finally make all of the changes to my school life that I promised myself that I would make…

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SAT Prep Books- Reviews of Kaplan, The Official SAT Study Guide, and more

In general, books are much less flexible than online programs in the fact that they are unable to mold to your individual strengths and difficulties, and so it is much harder to find a workbook that suits your skill level and learning style throughout the entirety of the duration of your SAT practice. For example, when studying for my Math 2 SAT subject test, the book that I initially began studying with made little sense to me as it was clearly…

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Online SAT Resources- Reviews of Khanacademy and Prepscholar

You’ve probably seen the thick textbooks lying around at school, in lockers, on desks, sometimes used as a pillow for a well-deserved nap. On the spine of the book, you might see The Princeton Review or The Official SAT Study Guide, all promising extreme increases in your SAT score-- if only you’ll purchase the book for $21.41 to be granted the privilege of feasting your eyes upon the secrets that lie between the pages. But if you’re as much of a…

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6 Tips for SAT Success- From a 1580 Scorer

The SAT is a test that seems to loom over you for the entirety of your high school life, like a giant stack of bricks descending in free-fall, or an annoying sibling clutching onto your shoulder who refuses to let go. The SAT is often made out to be a hugely important component of your university applications, and it’s easy for the stress of doing “well” on this test to get the best of already frazzled high schoolers. As a high…

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