SAT Word of the - OVERT

Posted by on December 12, 2014 at 11:00 AM


(adj.) open and observable; not secret or hidden

(pronounced “oh-VURT”)
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Top 7 SAT and ACT Mistakes

Posted by on December 11, 2014 at 11:29 AM

There are plenty of lists out there with the "Do's of SAT and ACT Prep," but what about the "Don'ts?" Here are the top seven mistakes students make preparing for and taking the SAT and ACT.

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How to Create an SAT Study Bible

Posted by on November 16, 2014 at 2:06 PM

Countless studies have been dedicated Compostion_Booksto the practice of note-taking, and experts agree: taking notes and reviewing them frequently helps students transfer new information from their short-term memories to their long-term memories. And while students instinctively take notes in biology class and during their history lectures, they often show up to our SAT classes without a pen or pencil! I wish we could wave a magic wand and grant you all 2400s, but it doesn’t work that way—we will give you the information you need to succeed, but you have to work to retain that information.

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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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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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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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