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Common SAT myth: I’m not a good test-taker so I’ll bomb the SAT

By Kathryn Azevedo Vice President, Sullivan Tutoring, Inc. “I’m not a good test-taker.” We hear this a lot from our students. But rarely do we believe it. This declaration, or resignation, as we like to think of it, always gets us asking more. What does it mean to be a bad

Why frequent reading really does affect SAT and ACT scores

By Kathryn Azevedo, Vice President, Sullivan Tutoring Many students roll their eyes when they hear a common prescription for higher SAT and ACT scores: read more. But the truth is, regular readers really are likely to score higher on the SAT and ACT verbal sections than are non-reader

10 ways to improve 100 points on the SAT Writing

By Kathryn Azevedo Vice President, Sullivan Tutoring Adopting a judicious and focused study plan will always be the most effective route to improving SAT scores. Moreover, every study program should include the following 10 strategies for earning points on the SAT Writing. 1. Know sub

7 steps for beginning a college search

By Kathryn Azevedo Vice President, Sullivan Tutoring In the following Q&A, we ask Renée Serrano of College Quest Advising to discuss the best time for students to begin the college-search process, and outline what those first steps should be. Stay tuned for more expert college adv

Tips for the SAT essay: A primer on what works and what doesn’t

By Kathryn Azevedo Vice President, Director of English Sullivan Tutoring, Inc. First things first: there is no magic trick for writing a “perfect” SAT essay (perfect meaning 12 out of a potential 12). But there are, of course, steps one can take to increase the chances of reaching a d

The ACT science section explained

By Kathryn Azevedo Vice President, Director of English Sullivan Tutoring, Inc. The ACT has four multiple-choice sections: English (grammar), math, reading and science. There is also an optional writing (essay) component. Many students fear the science section, as it’s … well … science

Should students skip questions on the SAT?

By Kathryn Azevedo Vice President, Sullivan Tutoring Students often ask whether they should skip harder questions on the SAT or take guesses. The short answer is yes and no. The long answer is that students should take educated guesses, not random guesses. This means that if a student

Financial aid: From loans to grants to scholarships, there is money for students

By Kathryn Azevedo Vice President, Sullivan Tutoring In the following Q&A, we ask Renée Serrano of College Quest Advising to shed some light on the often-misunderstood financial aid process. Understand your financial options, learn how to apply, and find resources to help you get

Early Action vs. Early Decision: College advisor Renée Serrano explains

By Kathryn Azevedo Vice President, Sullivan Tutoring In the following Q&A, we ask Renée Serrano of College Quest Advising to demystify two frequently confused terms: Early Action and Early Decision. An understanding of these concepts is crucial for both parents and students going

5 tips for relieving SAT test anxiety

It is entirely normal for students to experience some degree of anxiety before taking the SAT. In fact, many students get anxious just thinking about the four-hour exam. But, while some level of anxiety is natural and actually beneficial (anxiety produces adrenaline, a hormone partial