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Monday, July 26, 2021
How to Overcome a Difficult Math Equation

How to Overcome a Difficult Math Equation

By Carl F., IvyWise Master Tutor We’ve all been there: staring at an “impossible” problem on the ACT or SAT, unsure how we will ever solve this test troll’s riddle and make it safely to the other side of the bridge. Worse, you’re absolutely positive that getting this question right is the difference between your goal score and the one that’ll have you miss the cut for your ideal college.
Thursday, July 1, 2021
Which English Language Test Is Right for You?

Which English Language Test Is Right for You?

By Joey, IvyWise Tutor With students from around the world continuing to seek higher education in the US, determining applicants’ English proficiency has remained a top priority for colleges and universities. After decades of relative stability in the field of standardized English testing—ETS’s TOEFL is accepted by everyone, with the IELTS, the PTE, and others popular as well—the landscape shifted dramatically in 2015 with the introduction of the Duolingo English Test (DET). Users of the world’s most popular language-learning app asked the company to certify the knowledge they had gained, and Duolingo responded with an exclusively online exam that has since exploded in popularity.
Monday, June 1, 2020
Staying Engaged with Language Learning Over Summer Break

Staying Engaged with Language Learning Over Summer Break

For students studying a foreign language, learning doesn't have to stop just because class is no longer in session. In fact, summer break is the perfect opportunity to engage with a language more informally in order to continue to learn and develop language skills outside of the classroom. Often, after a lot of classroom learning, a language learner will start overthinking the language, or get lost in the weeds and lose touch with the fundamentals of basic comprehension and expression.
Thursday, May 27, 2021
Summer College Prep: Evaluating Test-Optional Policies, Transcripts, and Extracurriculars

Summer College Prep: Evaluating Test-Optional Policies, Transcripts, and Extracurriculars

Summer can be a time for sleeping in, seeing friends and family, and almost forgetting you were a student for a bit. But it’s also an opportunity to work on projects you didn’t have time for during the school year. The real question is how to balance the summer with relaxing and being both personally and academically productive.
Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Five Helpful Calculator Skills for the AP Calculus Exam

Five Helpful Calculator Skills for the AP Calculus Exam

You’ve spent all year working hard and mastering the difficult topics covered in AP Calculus. The AP exam is just around the corner and you want to be as prepared as possible. The exam is broken into two sections: Multiple Choice and Free Response.
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
3 Simple Rules For Continuing Test Prep Into the Summer

3 Simple Rules For Continuing Test Prep Into the Summer

Although summer break is meant to be a time to relax, recharge, and develop interests through summer activities, these three months also hold the potential to destroy carefully laid preparations for college entrance exams. It is important for college-bound students to keep their brains academically sharp during the summer months so that they’re ready for the rigors of SAT or ACT testing come fall. Summer brain drain is real, and it can significantly set back your test prep if you’re not careful.
Friday, February 1, 2019
When Should I Start Studying for the SAT or ACT?

When Should I Start Studying for the SAT or ACT?

The spring semester is a popular testing time for college-bound students and is often the first time that high school juniors crack open an SAT or ACT prep book. What’s important for younger students to realize, however, is that starting test prep early – even in 9th or 10th grade – can help students have the best chance of reaching their goal scores and mitigate the stress caused by too much testing at once. In reality, when to start test prep depends on a lot of factors.
Thursday, November 29, 2018
5 Tips to Help You Ace Your Final or Mid-Term Exams

5 Tips to Help You Ace Your Final or Mid-Term Exams

Preparing for mid-term or final exams this December can be a stressful process, as some students' grades can depend heavily on these comprehensive tests – and grades are the most important factor in the college admissions process. There are a number of ways, however, that students can approach their exam prep in order to alleviate anxiety and perform their best on test day. Students need to understand that preparing for final or mid-term exams is a marathon, not a sprint.
Thursday, August 31, 2017
5 Tips to Help You Ace Your SAT Subject Tests

5 Tips to Help You Ace Your SAT Subject Tests

A portion of this resource addresses SAT Subject Tests. In January 2021, the College Board announced that both SAT Subject Tests and the optional essay portion of the current SAT exam would be discontinued. For more information on how this impacts college admissions, click here.
Thursday, December 28, 2017
6 Academic Support and Test Prep Apps

6 Academic Support and Test Prep Apps

It’s a new year and the perfect time to create a plan to help you reach your academic goals in 2018! Making good grades, along with preparing for the SAT, ACT, and AP exams can be daunting, and often the last thing that students want to think about after a nice winter break. However, staying engaged can help you meet your academic and score goals this spring.
Monday, August 19, 2019
How to Learn Math Faster: Expert Tutor’s Advice

How to Learn Math Faster: Expert Tutor’s Advice

Academic support is critical for success inside of the classroom. For many students struggling with complex coursework, like math, it’s important to seek out resources that will help you improve your math grade. There are several different steps you can take, such as practicing, working with a tutor, or watching videos in your spare time.
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
AP Exams: Test Prep Plan and Timeline From an Expert Tutor

AP Exams: Test Prep Plan and Timeline From an Expert Tutor

By Priyam, IvyWise Master Tutor The secret recipe for AP exam success is simple: one part content knowledge and one part standardized test savvy. While many students take AP exams at the culmination of their AP course, others might self-study for an exam. Whether you’re prepping for the AP exam as part of your course curriculum, or you’re taking the exam on your own, it’s important to make sure that you not only know the content and how to review it, but know how to take the tests.
Thursday, November 30, 2017
Expert Tutor’s Tips To Help You Ace Your Final Exams

Expert Tutor’s Tips To Help You Ace Your Final Exams

Many students will be taking semester-end finals exams this month and with holidays, and other testing dates for the ACT and SAT, students can find it hard to focus on these last tests before a nice break. So how can students best prep for their academic testing in December? For many students, the end of term exams taking place in December can lead to a very stressful time.
Friday, June 1, 2018
Fighting Summer Brain Drain: Tips From An Expert Tutor

Fighting Summer Brain Drain: Tips From An Expert Tutor

Summer “brain drain” or the “summer slide,” the theory that over the summer break students stop learning and even lose some of what they’ve learned during the school year, is a real phenomenon that’s been documented by researchers for the past several decades. However, there are a number of simple ways in which students can keep their brains active in order to prevent losing any of the gains they’ve made over the previous academic year. Continuing to learn during times of educational lulls can seem like a tall task: how can I simulate classroom learning outside of school?
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
How to Prepare for Foreign Language SAT Subject Tests

How to Prepare for Foreign Language SAT Subject Tests

A portion of this resource addresses SAT Subject Tests. In January 2021, the College Board announced that both SAT Subject Tests and the optional essay portion of the current SAT exam would be discontinued. For more information on how this impacts college admissions, click here.
Friday, January 27, 2017
Get Your ACT Together: How to Prep for the ACT Math Section

Get Your ACT Together: How to Prep for the ACT Math Section

The ACT is an important exam and your score will be used not only for college admission purposes, but also to determine qualification for scholarships and even course placement. Your performance on the ACT Math section may be particularly important for admission into a technical school or a quantitative major. So if you choose to take the ACT, how should you prepare for the math section?
Monday, May 4, 2020
How Important is the TOEFL?

How Important is the TOEFL?

It’s a question on every applicant’s mind: how much will test scores impact my chances of admission to my top-choice universities? For international students, this level of wonder and interest is often leveled up a notch. Many students from abroad have a few additional steps to complete when applying to US universities, including English proficiency exams such as the TOEFL.
Tuesday, July 3, 2018
How Much Science Do You Need to Know for the ACT?

How Much Science Do You Need to Know for the ACT?

The science section on the ACT can make many students nervous, especially those who dislike science, and can lead those students to falsely believe they should avoid the ACT altogether. However, the key is knowing how the ACT science section operates and coming to a firm understanding that the ACT does not necessarily test the depth of your scientific knowledge, but rather analytical skills in a scientific context. What Does the ACT Science Section Test?
Wednesday, August 28, 2019
How to Decide Between the ACT and SAT

How to Decide Between the ACT and SAT

If you are planning to apply to a college or university in the US, chances are you’re going to have to take either the ACT or the SAT. At IvyWise we advise students to prep for test – not both. So how do you decide which one is the best fit for you?
Friday, January 29, 2016
How to Manage Test Anxiety

How to Manage Test Anxiety

The spring semester is testing season! Whether students are preparing for the last administration of the current SAT, the February ACT, or the new SAT in March, test prep and performing well come test day is on the minds of many students this January. Outside of the changes coming to the SAT this spring, there’s another factor that may impact students this testing season: test anxiety.
Thursday, February 4, 2016
How to Prep for the Spring ACT

How to Prep for the Spring ACT

As most families preparing for the college admissions process are already aware, the SAT as we know it is now gone. Apart from students who get a makeup examination because of test-day weather, the last administration of the SAT in its current form was in January. Now, juniors preparing to apply to college must choose: Take an unfamiliar SAT in March or take the ACT instead.
Tuesday, August 20, 2019
MBA Admissions FAQ

MBA Admissions FAQ

The MBA admissions process is highly competitive, and for many applicants, especially those who are applying after years in the workforce, navigating the MBA admissions landscape can be difficult. There are a number of questions that come up time and time again when applicants are weighing their MBA options and our expert MBA admissions counselor is here to answer them. How can MBA applicants identify their best-fit MBA programs?
Thursday, February 4, 2016
MBA Admissions Tips for Working Professionals

MBA Admissions Tips for Working Professionals

By IvyWise MBA Admissions Counselors There are a number of resources out there that provide tips for applying to graduate school, but what about graduates who are years removed from academia? For many people, the MBA path isn’t apparent until after they have been in the workforce a few years, and, actually, the ideal time for most people to think about attending business school is with a few years of professional experience under their belts. Many working professionals don’t prepare ahead of time for the rigorous application process that exists at most top-tier business schools.
Thursday, May 4, 2017
No Summer Plans? Here’s How to Have a Productive Summer Break

No Summer Plans? Here’s How to Have a Productive Summer Break

College admissions want to see you exploring your interests and making an impact outside of the classroom, and that includes what you’re doing during your summer break. Planning a productive summer can help you better understand your college and career goals, and can help you stand out during the admissions process, too. While students should start planning their summer activities at the start of the year, it’s not uncommon for many students to wait until the last minute to decide how to spend their summer break.
Thursday, July 19, 2018
How to Pace Yourself on the ACT and SAT

How to Pace Yourself on the ACT and SAT

The SAT and ACT are the most often used exams for college admissions in the US, and given that they are standardized, they must be taken under strict time constraints. Students can struggle with the limited amount of time per question, leaving points on the table when they’re unable to finish certain sections. Simple pacing strategies, however, can help students improve their test performance and overall scores.
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
How to Plan Your Test Prep From Start to Finish

How to Plan Your Test Prep From Start to Finish

The two most commonly asked questions by students regarding ACT or SAT test prep are: “When is it too early to begin test prep?” and “How much prep is too much prep?” While the answers to these questions vary per student based on college admissions goals, academic and extracurricular priorities, and personal SAT or ACT test goals, it’s important to keep a couple of key points in mind so that students are spending their time in the best way possible and not overdoing test prep.
Thursday, November 30, 2017
Winter College Prep Goals For Freshmen and Sophomores

Winter College Prep Goals For Freshmen and Sophomores

Just because you’re not a junior or a senior doesn’t mean you can’t be preparing for the college admissions process now. The earlier that you start the better, and there’s a lot that freshmen and sophomores can do now to stay on track for the college admissions process senior year – and even get ahead. All four years of high school count in the college admissions process, not just the last two.
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
How to Best Prepare for Graduate Admission Exams

How to Best Prepare for Graduate Admission Exams

If you plan on attending graduate school, whether it’s business school, law school, medical school, or some other graduate program, you’ll most likely need to take a graduate admissions exam as part of your application. Preparing to take an admissions exam long after your initial undergraduate admissions process can seem daunting, but the sooner you get started the sooner you can be on your way to a rewarding graduate school experience. Different Graduate Admissions Exams The entrance exam that you take will depend on the graduate degree you are seeking and, in some cases, the specific school or program to which you apply.
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
SAT Subject Tests: Math I vs Math II

SAT Subject Tests: Math I vs Math II

A portion of this resource addresses SAT Subject Tests. In January 2021, the College Board announced that both SAT Subject Tests and the optional essay portion of the current SAT exam would be discontinued. For more information on how this impacts college admissions, click here.
Friday, February 5, 2016
SAT and ACT Myths Debunked: The Truth About Standardized Tests and College Admission

SAT and ACT Myths Debunked: The Truth About Standardized Tests and College Admission

Standardized tests are a controversial factor in the college admissions process, and with so many opinions on the value of these college entrance exams, misinformation can run rampant. From the value of one test over the other to how to prepare and how scores affect a student’s chances of admission, there are many myths out there about the SAT and ACT. In order to have success in the college admissions process, parents and students need to first separate fact from fiction.
Thursday, January 25, 2018
SAT Subject Test Prep for Freshmen and Sophomores

SAT Subject Test Prep for Freshmen and Sophomores

A portion of this resource addresses SAT Subject Tests. In January 2021, the College Board announced that both SAT Subject Tests and the optional essay portion of the current SAT exam would be discontinued. For more information on how this impacts college admissions, click here.
Monday, February 8, 2016
SAT v. ACT: The Basics

SAT v. ACT: The Basics

The SAT has changed! For an updated SAT vs. ACT comparison, click here!
Tuesday, July 5, 2016
SAT vs. ACT: Which College Entrance Exam Should You Take?

SAT vs. ACT: Which College Entrance Exam Should You Take?

IvyWise counselors Nat and Eric offer advice on when and how students should start planning for standardized testing and discuss the important distinction between test-optional' and 'test-blind' on the college admissions podcast, giving listeners expert insight from former admissions officers. Listen Now! According to NACAC, 58.
Monday, February 8, 2016
Self-Studying: What’s the Benefit and How to Do It

Self-Studying: What’s the Benefit and How to Do It

With an increasing number of new technologies and an expanding global population, self-studying is on the rise. Education is no longer confined to just the classroom, and some would argue that the classroom model is outdated and does not meet the intellectual needs of individuals in such an interconnected society. Being an autodidact, or self-teacher, has become increasingly feasible due to MOOCs (massive open online courses), Internet encyclopedias, and more colleges and universities offering courses online.
Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Setting Academic and College Prep Goals for 2021

Setting Academic and College Prep Goals for 2021

As 2021 winds down and seniors begin putting the finishing touches on their early applications, the college prep process is still going strong for younger students. Setting academic and college prep goals for the coming year is a great way to get students excited about their college prep and alleviate some of the stress commonly associated with planning for college. While there are still a few more months until the New Year, starting to think about academic and college prep goals now will make it easier for students to identify solid goals by the time the new semester rolls around.
Thursday, August 30, 2018
Setting Fall Semester Academic and College Prep Goals

Setting Fall Semester Academic and College Prep Goals

Whether you’re a freshman still adjusting to your first year of high school, or a college-bound junior ready to hit the ground running, it’s important to set academic and college prep goals for the fall as soon as school starts back up. Goals not only help keep students on track with their college prep, they also help students learn more about who they are, what they’re interested in, and how they can better pursue those interests. Goals can also help students stay motivated during a particularly busy or stressful time.
Friday, February 5, 2016
Spring Standardized Testing: Advice for Sophomores and Juniors

Spring Standardized Testing: Advice for Sophomores and Juniors

For many high school students, spring semester means standardized test season. Like it or not, these tests are a big component of college applications, and while a perfect score alone won’t get you into your dream college, it is important to do well on these tests in order to have the greatest chance of admission. With changes coming to both the SAT and ACT within the next year, it’s crucial for current sophomores and juniors to know what to expect and how to prepare.
Friday, February 5, 2016
Starting Second Semester off Right: Tips for a Successful Spring Term

Starting Second Semester off Right: Tips for a Successful Spring Term

While it can be tempting to simply count down the days until summer break, spring semester is a prime time for high school underclassmen to prepare for the college admissions process, and for college-bound seniors to close out the year on a high note. Believe it or not, seniors, you are not off the hook just yet! Here are some tips for high schools students to ensure a productive and successful spring semester.
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Strategies to Minimize Test Anxiety

Strategies to Minimize Test Anxiety

Has this ever happened to you? You’ve studied hard for your chemistry midterm, but when you walked into your exam and opened the test book your mind went blank. As you sit down to start your test, you notice your sweaty palms and a pit in your stomach and a constant stream of negative thoughts prevents you from performing your best.
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Students’ Guide to the PSAT/NMSQT

Students’ Guide to the PSAT/NMSQT

Students across the US will take the PSAT/NMSQT this October, and for many this will be their initial introduction to the rigors of college entrance examinations. Before heading into the test, 10th and 11th graders need to know what to expect and how the PSAT/NMSQT can impact their college preparation strategy. What is the PSAT/NMSQT?

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