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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
5 ways the ACT is changing

5 ways the ACT is changing in September 2015

By Kathryn Azevedo Vice President, Director of English Sullivan Tutoring The ACT is changing in September – not in a dramatic fashion like the SAT, but it will nonetheless be different than previous versions. Students taking the September 2015 ACT – just a month away – will encounter
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 shortest English section on the SAT has a ten-minute time limit (for 14 grammar questions), while oth
10 time-management tips for the SAT Math

10 time-management tips for the SAT Math

By Kathryn Azevedo Vice President, Sullivan Tutoring Most students take the SAT timed, which means there is a set time limit for each section of the SAT. The shortest math section on the SAT has a 20-minute time limit (for 16 questions), while the other two math sections have a 25-min
Common SAT Myth - I'm not a good test-taker

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 reading more really does improve SAT-ACT scores

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