College Compass is very happy to welcome new writer James! James recently graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Creative Writing and a B.F.A. in Musical Theater with an Honors Program concentration. A former Test Masters student, James now teaches the same test-tackling strategies that helped him achieve a 2280 on the SAT in 2009 (and, by extension, earn a Presidential Scholarship at a prestigious private university). Having been on over twenty college campus tours, he understands how baffling the college admissions process can be and is eager to help students find the colleges that are the right fit for them.
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Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have served a vital and transformative role in the history of America. Many of this country’s most prominent civil rights activists, politicians, actors, scientists, scholars, and public figures attended or taught at HBCUs, and for students of all backgrounds who want to connect with and be inspired by this history, HBCUs can provide an excellent education and a sense of pride in the extraordinary accomplishments of the many students who have gone before them.
There is, however, another potential benefit of attending an HBCU. Many of the top HBCUs offer generous merit-based scholarships to students who have met certain GPA and test score requirements. In this series, we have profiled some of the top HBCUs in the country to show you the kinds of opportunities that exist at these historic institutions. Continue reading “HBCU Spotlight – Tuskegee University” »
So, you’re gearing up for applying to private schools, you know that you’re going to have to take some kind of entry-level test, and you come across this thing called the “ISEE,” now what? Well before I get into the approach and specifics of the test, I have to get a little boring and talk about the technicalities first (so bear with me).
The Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) is a standardized admissions test administered to students aspiring to attend independent educational institutions. It is offered in three varying levels of difficulty: Lower Level, Middle Level, and Upper Level (below is a breakdown). Continue reading “What is the ISEE?” »
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Ask Test Masters is a free educational service offered by the college admission experts at Test Masters. College Compass readers Arman and Mandy have a question about applying to competitive US schools as an international student. They write,
“We are from Sydney Australia and my goal/dream is for my son to be accepted to a very good US university, preferably with a bit of scholarship if possible. My son is 16 turning 17 in October, and currently in Year 10 and will start Year 11 in Term 4. He will graduate in Year 12 in 2015 and we are hoping to go to university in the US in August 2016. He goes to a Government Selective School and is currently their number 1 player in Division 1 Tennis. I need some guidance, please, on how do I go about it for him to have a better chance? Thank you in advance.” Continue reading “Ask Test Masters: International Student Applying to the Ivy League” »
co·ag·u·late kōˈagyəˌlāt/ verb
Coagulate is a verb that means to change from a liquid to a solid or semisolid state. It is often used to describe the way blood thickens into a clot.
I left a can of soda on my desk for a few weeks, and when I finally got around to pouring it out, it had coagulated into a goopy, slimy blob.
In this sentence, “coagulate” is being used to describe the drink’s transformation from a liquid into a semisolid glob. The meaning of the word can be deduced by noticing the description of the drink’s final form (a goopy, slimy blob).
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Sometimes, math problems on the SAT really are as straightforward as they seem. Here’s an example of a problem that should be fairly easy to solve.
In a sequence of numbers, the first number is 6, and each number after the first number is 2 more than 3 times the preceding number. What is the third number in the sequence?
Continue reading “A Straightforward, Simple SAT Math Problem” »
Don’t forget that you have to actually register for the SAT & ACT in order to take them! Below you will find the test dates and registration (and late registration) deadlines for the fall, spring, and summer test dates. Continue reading “Reminder – UPCOMING SAT & ACT TEST DATES” »
di·chot·o·my dīˈkätəmē/ noun
Dichotomy is a word that is used to represent the division between two things that are completely different. The implication in using this word is that two things are in direct contrast to each other, almost like opposite pairs
There is a strong dichotomy between intuition and logic — one is an inherently unprovable feeling, and the other is a philosophical science rooted in deductive reasoning.
In this sentence, “dichotomy” is describing the opposing relationship between intuition and logic. If you already know what intuition and logic are, then it should be pretty clear what “dichotomy” means, because you already know that intuition and logic are opposites. If you don’t, then you can use the descriptions at the end of the sentence to figure out that “dichotomy” is being used to represent the opposing relationship.
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Many students struggle with the SAT Multiple Choice Writing section, which is surprising given how coachable this section of the exam really is. The SAT Multiple Choice Writing section is nothing more than a basic test of your English grammar comprehension. In an effort to elucidate this theory, we have compiled a list of 14 example problems that highlight some of the more common grammatical mistakes students are expected to recognize on test day. Join us over the next several weeks as we review these fourteen questions, one-by-one, to help you improve your SAT score. Continue reading “Improve Your SAT Score – Multiple Choice Writing” »