Changes in vocabulary between the old SAT and new SAT format

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 By James Rodkey (ACT, SAT, SSAT, English Builder, ESOL, and Latin tutor at The Edge Learning Center) How Important is Vocabulary on the new SAT? One of the most dramatic changes from the old format of the SAT, which the College Board administered from 2005 to 2016, to the current format is the way in which […]

SSAT vs. ISEE – An in depth analysis of the differences

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The SSAT (Secondary School Admissions Test) and ISEE (Independent School Entrance Examination) are the two most widely used standardized tests for boarding school, private middle,  and private high school admissions in the United States. While the both of the test contents are very similar, before trying to find out what is the best test for you to […]

Practice Makes Perfect!

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    By Linda Suen (SAT, Economics, Business, ACT, SSAT, IELTS and TOEFL tutor at The Edge Learning Center) As a test prep and academic instructor, the question I get asked most often is, “How do I get a top score on ACT/SAT test preparation?” (or any academic subject or language proficiency test for that matter). While […]

How to Read a Graphic Novel or Comic Strip

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    By Jonathan Wilson (AP/IB History, English Literature and English Language tutor at The Edge Learning Center) Hi everyone, my name is Jon, and I’m an English and History teacher here at The Edge. If you are taking IB English, you may have noticed that comic strips sometimes show up on our Paper 1 exams (e.g. […]

Case Study: How does a college use standardized test data?

By Levi Busch (Test preparation (ACT/SAT/SSAT) and English Literature tutor at The Edge Learning Center) If you’re a student in Hong Kong who’s entertained even the faintest desire to attend university in the US, then you’ve probably known for a long time that the SAT or the ACT would be in your future. Many of my […]

IB Math Visualized [Part 2]

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By Christopher Yu (Math and Physics tutor at The Edge Learning Center) In the previous blog, I showed you three examples of visualizing a mathematical formula or theorem that you will come across in the IBDP Mathematics HL/SL curriculums. In this blog, I would like to continue the discussion and show you how visual thinking can help […]

The Importance of Reading Around a Subject

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    By Cara Forbes (English Literature and English Language tutor at The Edge Learning Center) Literature allows us to understand political changes, cultural movements and ideas that influenced particular cultures at a particular time. Reading around a subject provides us with a more enriched and deeper understanding of an author’s viewpoint. Context is imperative in determining […]

A link between Math and Life

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    By Leo Lam (Test Preparation (ACT/SAT/SSAT), Math and Physics tutor at The Edge Learning Center) Not many students would call Mathematics their favorite subject. After all, it encompasses various fields of studies, and students are exposed to a tremendous amount of knowledge in a restricted amount of time. So it does not surprise me when my […]

The US Constitution: Convention and Ratification

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    By Adam Stengel (AP/IB History, English Literature, English Language, History tutor at The Edge Learning Center)          Some understand Constitutional Ratification (1787-89) to be a cohesive act of groupthink and patriotic team play: a founding father sports huddle in which all those wigged and powdered gentlemen joined together and in unison chanted, “U-S-A!  U-S-A!  1, 2, […]

Preparing for Mock Exams

    By Priya Acharya (Biology and Chemistry Instructor at The Edge Learning Center) Christmas holidays are on the horizon and the end of the year is fast approaching, which can only mean one thing……..mock exams are around the corner! Mocks are a great tool for getting you prepared for the real exams in summer, so even […]