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How to stay SAT/ACT-sharp over the summer

What summer slump? How to stay SAT/ACT-sharp over the summer

  By Katie Azevedo Vice President, Sullivan Tutoring Many high school juniors will exhale a sigh of relief in June, as June marks the end of the spring standardized testing season. And they should exhale when the June tests are over, and they should put down the books and brains
SAT-ACT Critical Reading: Don't guess -- think harder

SAT/ACT critical reading: Don’t guess — think harder

By Kathryn Azevedo Vice President, Sullivan Tutoring “I had no idea what the question was asking so I just took a random guess.” I hear this confession all the time from my students, especially while working on an SAT or ACT Critical Reading section. And while guessing randomly may pr
SAT & ACT essays not really optional

ACT and SAT essays are optional – but are they?

  By Kathryn Azevedo Vice President, Sullivan Tutoring Before March 2016, the roll-out date of the new SAT, the SAT essay was built into the 4-hour test – it was required. However, the essay component of the new SAT is now optional, as is (and has been) the ACT essay. Students ta
10 ways to improve 100 points on the SAT writing

10 ways to improve 100 points on the SAT Writing and Language

By Kathryn Azevedo Vice President, Sullivan Tutoring   Having a judicious and focused study plan will always be the most effective route to improving SAT scores. But everyone likes a little short-cut now and again, eh? Here you go: Know the following 10 strategies for earning poi
10 time-management tips for the SAT English

10 time-management tips for SAT English

By Kathryn Azevedo Vice President, Sullivan Tutoring Most students take the SAT timed, which means there is a time limit during which students can work on each section of the SAT. The SAT Reading test is 65 minutes long (for 52 questions) , while the Language and Writing test is 35 mi
how to pick the right school

The college seach: 6 tips for picking the right school

By Kathryn Azevedo Vice President, Sullivan Tutoring The end of junior year signifies — among other things — nearing the end of studying for the SAT and ACT. Phew. But the end of SAT/ACT mania marks the beginning of another daunting process: college searching. It is the rare student w
Should you take the SAT II (Subject Tests)?

SAT Subject Test basics: Essential information about the SAT II

By Kathryn Azevedo Vice President, Sullivan Tutoring As if the notion of taking the SAT isn’t stressful enough, many students face the prospect of taking the SAT Subject Tests (or SAT IIs) as part of the college application process. The SAT II is another set of standardized tests admi
SAT study plan for juniors

An SAT/ACT study plan for high school juniors

By Kathryn Azevedo Vice President and Director of English, Sullivan Tutoring Junior year of high school is often the most overwhelming of all the high school years, as typical junior-year academics are compounded by standardized tests, college planning and campus visits. Throw athleti
get higher SAT scores by knowing what's on the test

Better SAT scores come from really, really knowing your content

By Kathryn Azevedo Vice President and Director of English, Sullivan Tutoring The SAT stands for Scholastic Aptitude Test, with aptitude, of course, meaning intelligence. Therefore, one could logically assume that intelligent students earn higher SAT scores, and less intelligent studen
Applying to college: How to stand out from the crowd

Applying to college: How to stand out from the homogeneous applicant pool

By Kathryn Azevedo Vice President, Sullivan Tutoring Jamie is a National Honor Society student, varsity soccer team captain, community service volunteer, and student council vice president. Oh, and he takes three AP courses and nailed his SATs. Jamie may sound like the perfect college