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For the ACT, past is prologue

Recall for a moment, if you will, a trope of the cheesy romantic comedy. Have I…uh…seen you here before? Replace the sheepish questioner with this spring’s ACT test takers and swap the eye-rolling recipient with the April ACT, and you’ve got yourself a standardized test prep smash hit. By the way, the answer is “yes.” Read More

What Should Happen When Tutoring/Prep Doesn’t Seem to Work

Now that we’re halfway through the school year, it’s likely that some of your students have taken their first SAT or ACT exams. Perhaps some of those students prepped extensively––through self-driven practice, private tutoring, courses, or mock exams––but did not achieve results consistent with their efforts. This can be demoralizing, especially for those students whose efforts in Read More

Does PSAT prep make any sense?

When I think about PSAT prep, I am reminded of Judge Alex Kozinski’s closing line at the end of his ruling in Mattel, Inc. v. MCA Records, Inc.: “The parties are advised to chill.” Let’s start by laying out the facts. For the vast majority of students, the utility of the PSAT is twofold. First Read More

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