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 […]

The SSAT Narrative Essay

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By Rob Gilliver (English Literature, ESOL, and SSAT tutor at The Edge Learning Center) Many students who take the SSAT mistakenly believe that the essay is the least important section – that, because it is ungraded, the essay is somehow less significant than Verbal, Reading, or Quantitative Reasoning. While it may be true that the SSAT […]

Verdict: What we think about the New SAT

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Verdict’s Out! Now that the New SAT from June 4th, 2016 has been published, the team at The Edge has examined and studied it closely. Here’s what we think: The skills required to ace the test are nothing new to The Edge and our students, The Edge’s proprietary strategies and approaches are just as effective as […]

Edge Newsflash: Minor Change to the ACT Essay

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ACT Inc. has announced that it will change its essay grading scheme from a 1-36 scale back to a 1-12 scale starting this fall. The scoring change comes in response to the criticism ACT has received since the essay went through a major overhaul in September 2015 in which they changed the structure of the essay and adjusted the […]