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Thursday, January 25, 2024
IvyWise On-Demand: Standardized Testing in a Test-Optional Landscape

IvyWise On-Demand: Standardized Testing in a Test-Optional Landscape

Events Standardized Testing in a Test-Optional Landscape DATE AND TIME On Demand Free Watch Now ABOUT THIS EVENT The standardized testing landscape has dramatically transformed over the past few years. While the majority of colleges and universities operated under test-optional or test-blind policies for the 2023-2024 admissions cycle, some colleges, like Dartmouth and Yale, will be returning to requiring test scores for the 2024-2025 admissions cycle. On top of this, the Digital SAT is now being offered both in the U.
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 U.S., determining applicants’ English proficiency has remained a top priority for colleges and universities.
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.
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 ninth 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.
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 taking the exam on your own, it’s important that you not only know the content and how to review it, but know how to take the tests.
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 students stop learning over summer break and even lose some of what they have learned during the school year — is a real phenomenon that has been documented by researchers for the past several decades. However, you can keep your brain active during the summer in several ways to prevent losing any of the gains you made over the previous academic year. Continuing to learn during times of educational lulls can seem like a tall task.
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?
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. In the description of the ACT Science section it’s stated that “advanced knowledge is not required.
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 the testing season! Whether you're a sophomore preparing to take your first standardized test or a junior retaking the SAT or ACT to achieve your goal score, test prep and performing well is on the minds of many students this month. There is one thing that remains consistent for students of all ages, however: test anxiety.
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 one of several graduate admission exams as part of your application. Preparing to take graduate admission exams 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. 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.
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.
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 factor for college admissions at most schools — even if they’re test optional. While a perfect score alone won’t get you into your dream college, it is important to do well on these tests to have the greatest chance of admission.
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 school students to ensure a productive and successful spring semester.
Tuesday, January 30, 2024
Gamify Your SAT Prep

Gamify Your SAT Prep

Even as the SAT undergoes some significant changes in its switch to a digital format, the underlying reality of taking a major standardized test remains the same — you’ve got to do some prep work! As the hours of grammar drills and math flashcards march on, however, you may find your focus flagging and your energy sagging. What’s a well-meaning student to do when they feel the siren call of the latest Netflix original series tugging their attention away from their notes?
Monday, February 3, 2020
How to Study for the GRE: 4 Golden GRE Prep Tips

How to Study for the GRE: 4 Golden GRE Prep Tips

Just as in undergraduate admissions, the graduate admissions process often requires standardized testing as part of the application process. Whether you are a current college student considering your postgraduate options, or a professional looking to advance in your current field or make a career change, studying for the GRE is an important way to prepare your strongest application to graduate school. GRE stands for Graduate Record Examinations, a standardized test that is often taken as part of the graduate admissions process in the U.
Tuesday, September 3, 2019
Mastering SAT and ACT Reading Comprehension Passages

Mastering SAT and ACT Reading Comprehension Passages

Every year, another group of students prepares for a fresh cycle of test prep, each with their own set of strengths and weaknesses. One of the most difficult (and time consuming) parts of the SAT and ACT is getting through the reading comprehension passages efficiently and effectively. I’m here to give you some tips on how to conquer the reading passages on the SAT and ACT.
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