SAT Changes – International Test Dates and More!

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The College Board announced today a reduction in the number of SAT test dates available. Starting this fall, it will cut the number of test administrations overseas from six a year to four: http://www.usnews.com/news/top-news/articles/2017-02-22/college-board-tightens-sat-exam-security-but-key-risk-remains?src=usn_fb. The SAT will only be offered in October, December, March and May. This June’s international test sitting will be canceled. Further […]

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 […]

The Edge’s 5 Holiday Test Prep Secrets (shhhhh!)

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Read this article! Reading this article is the first step to knowing what steps you need to take before you can hunker down for some productive holiday studying. If you don’t read this article, you won’t know what those steps are and, therefore, will add nothing in the way of productivity to your holiday studying. […]

Five Elements of a Top-Scoring ACT Essay

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By Louis Cheng (Test Preparation (ACT/SAT/SSAT) and Economics tutor at The Edge Learning Center) The ACT essay is the last (optional) section in the ACT exam. It consists of a short prompt that talks about a modern issue and offers three perspectives on the issue. The student’s task is to compose an essay which develops her […]

SAT Chemistry Subject Test Overview

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By Luke Palmer (Head of Math and Sciences, Biology and Chemistry tutor at The Edge Learning Center) The College Board offers a range of SAT Subject Tests from English to Mathematics and Sciences, the aim of these tests being to showcase your strengths in a given subject, as many colleges use the results in admissions, and a good […]

When should you take the SAT/ACT?

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  By Levi Busch (Test Prep (ACT/SAT/SSAT), English Literature tutor at The Edge Learning Center) Many of the students who come to The Edge for assistance with the SAT or the ACT do not realize that one of the most important factors for success is an intelligent testing plan. Unless you are one of the small […]

Test Prep Strategies: Picking Numbers

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By James Rodkey (Test Prep (ACT/SAT/SSAT), ESOL, English Builder, Latin tutor at The Edge Learning Center) The current version of the SAT now has a greater focus on math – 800 of the total 1600 points compared to only 800 of 2400 previously – so scoring high on the math sections of the test is necessary […]

The September 2016 ACT – Test Report

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We are pleased to report that the September administration of the ACT seems to have gone off without a hitch. No stories of widespread cheating or score-cancellation drama (at least, no high-profile stories) have emerged from the sea of students that sat for this weekend’s test. It seems, actually, that this Saturday’s ACT was both […]