Inflated GPAs: When test scores and grades collide

Posted by on October 30, 2014 at 1:19 PM

On the day SAT scores are released, I wait for the one phone call that never fails: that from a distraught parent who cannot understand why her daughter with a 4.5 GPA received a 1350 on the SAT. Teachers and administrators at her daughter’s school may be quick to jump on the test anxiety bandwagon, even though the girl clearly does well on her classroom tests given her high GPA. In situations like this, however, the most likely culprit is grade inflation.

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Topics: SAT Prep, SAT Tip of the Week, Law School Admissions

SAT Word of the Day- Effervescent

Posted by on October 30, 2014 at 11:00 AM


(adj.) bubbling or vivacious, lively

(pronounced "eh-fur-VESS-unt")  


Example Sentences:

  • The soda was so effervescent it nearly brimmed over the top of the glass.
  • Angelina's effervescent personality made her a joy to be around.
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SAT Word of the Day- Embroil

Posted by on October 28, 2014 at 11:00 AM


(v.) to bring into conflict or throw into confusion

(pronounced "em-BROIL")  


Example Sentences:

  • Although Katy hated fighting, after Max insulted her sister Katy had no choice but to become embroiled with him.
  • "Don't let his attitude upset you," advised Katy's sister. "It's not worth it to get embroiled in a senseless fight over silly words."
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Coming to a Test Center Near You: The Next ACT

Posted by on October 2, 2014 at 1:24 PM

Last week we looked at the changes coming to the SAT, which most people have heard about either on the news or through the guidance office at school. But did you know the ACT is being redesigned, too? It is not changing as drastically as the SAT, but you should be aware of the alterations so you can make an informed decision about which version you want to tackle.

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Topics: New SAT, SAT Prep, ACT prep

Coming to a Test Center Near You: The Redesigned SAT

Posted by on September 25, 2014 at 2:42 PM

So which test should you take? The current SAT, the Redesigned SAT, or the ACT?

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SAT Word of the Day- Tenuous

Posted by on September 25, 2014 at 11:00 AM


(adj.) flimsy or not solid

(pronounced "TEN-you-us")  


Example Sentences:

  • Fred was afraid to get into the canoe; the raft's tenuous construction made him think they would undoubtedly fall in the water.
  • Tiffany's tenuous understanding of the book was obvious; during the test she was only able to answer two out of the ten questions on it.
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SAT Word of the Day- Genial

Posted by on September 19, 2014 at 11:00 AM


(adj.) polite and friendly

(pronounced “JEEN-yuhl”)


Example Sentence:

It’s important for a kindergarten teacher to be genial and welcoming; young children respond positively to a friendly adult.
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Top 10 SAT Mistakes

Posted by on September 18, 2014 at 8:00 AM

As an test prep teacher (and let’s admit it—an SAT geek), I have worked with about a thousand students in my career. Nine hundred and ninety-nine of them have come to me with misconceptions about the test which ultimately led to errors in their execution. These errors make a test guru cringe, because they are easily preventable if you take the time to learn about the SAT before taking the test. 

1.  Omitting too many questions.

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The Top 5 Triangle Tricks on the SAT

Posted by on September 3, 2014 at 2:09 PM

Did you know that Geometry can account for up to 40% of your math score on the SAT? Since triangles are the most commonly-tested geometric figure, it’s important to know the tricks and traps set by the College Board when facing a three-sided figure.

The height of the triangle can be found outside the triangle.

This important fact is often forgotten by test takers, and may be integral to finding the area of an obtuse triangle.

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SAT Word of the Day-SALACIOUS

Posted by on September 1, 2014 at 11:00 AM


(adj.) lustful, indecent, or obscene

(pronounced "suh-LAY-shus")  


Example Sentences:

  • The movie's salacious undertones made Jenn uncomfortable.
  • Mary's restrictive diet made her so hungry she cast salacious looks at the dessert tray.
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