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ACT vs. SAT: How to Compare Scores

This is prime test-taking season for the SAT and ACT. My niece and nephew both took the ACT in St. Louis earlier this month. I know a bunch of teenagers, including my son, who will be taking the SAT soon. Both tests play to different strengths which is why plenty of kids end up taking […]

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The Odds of Getting into Berkeley or UCLA

Some high schools prepare teenagers for college better than others. Duh. But here’s something that many parents in California don’t realize. Sending your child to a top high school could reduce their chances of getting into UCLA or Berkeley. During the past couple of weeks, I’ve run into parents who are mystified and angry that […]

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Eating for the SAT Test

Usually when my son Ben arrives home after school he strides right past my office and pretends he doesn’t hear my stock question:  How was your day? But yesterday was different. He walked up to me and mumbled something that sounded like, “Mom, you were right.” I was stunned and curious about what could have […]

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Getting a High SAT Score

Does a teenager who wants a high SAT score need to take an expensive SAT preparation class to do it? I don’t think so. I think the key is motivation. If a teenager wants to do well on the SAT test and he or she works hard towards that goal, a higher SAT score is […]

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6 Ways to Improve Your SAT Essay

Want to know how your teenager can improve the score on his or her SAT essay? I learned a few tips last night when I shared the stage at a high school college event with an SAT guru from the Princeton Review. She shared with the crowd these six SAT essay tips: 1. Come prepared. […]

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