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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
10 ways to improve 100 points on the SAT writing

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

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
Top Tips for writing the SAT essay

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

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
The ACT science section explained

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