SAT Word of the Day: Belligerent

Posted by on January 14, 2015 at 3:32 PM


(adj.) aggressive, hostile, or warlike

(pronounced "buh-LIJ-uh-runt")  


Example Sentences:

  • Annie's belligerent attitude often got her sent to detention.
  • Harry was not a belligerent man, but when the thief attacked him he didn't hesitate to punch the thief in the face.

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Tips for Setting a Target SAT Score

Posted by on December 29, 2014 at 1:18 PM

When we teach SAT courses, we hand out a student profile which asks students about their SAT experience and expectations. One of the questions prompts them to list their target score. So many of the responses are the same: 1800. When we ask why they want an 1800, their answer is simple: “Because that’s a good score.”

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SAT Word of the Day- ORATION

Posted by on December 15, 2014 at 11:00 AM


(n.) a formal speech

(pronounced “aw-REY-shuhn”)
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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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Topics: New SAT, SAT Prep, ACT prep