Ridge Liu Blogs about his upcoming semester at Rice University

Rice University in 1913.

Hey everyone! My name is Ridge Liu, and I am returning to intern at Test Masters this summer. You may remember some of my posts from last summer, like my Improve Your College Application: Extracurriculars or College Profile: New York University posts. After a long and arduous college application process, I am pleased to say that I will be attending Rice University in the fall. Rice University was founded in 1912 by the will of William Marsh Rice as the William M. Rice Institute for the Advancement of Literature, Science and Art. Over a century later, Rice has become a … Continue reading

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Extra Hard SAT Math Question – Ratio Riddles

You will get this question wrong. Resistance is futile!

At the end of every SAT Math section, the test makers try to come up with an extremely difficult problem that will leave even the cleverest students scratching their heads. The really evil part, though, is that even these problems can be solved in under a minute without a calculator – if you know what to do. This means that once you “figure out the trick,” these difficult problems become easy. So, while those test makers are busy cackling with sadistic glee, let’s see if we can’t beat them at their own game. Consider the following problem: Out of 50 … Continue reading

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HBCU Spotlight – Howard University

Howard University

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 … Continue reading

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Brown University’s Program in Liberal Medical Education (PLME)

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Hello everyone! My name is Joey Gu and I am returning to intern at Test Masters this summer. You might have already seen some of my posts, like my What makes a Premed student successful? or my Know the SAT Math Formulas, last summer. Today we are going to talk about combined BS/MD programs, specifically Brown University’s Program in Liberal Medical Education (PLME). Before I begin, allow me to share some information about combined BS/MD programs. These programs typically range from six to eight years, consisting of a varying number of years for undergraduate studies and four years for medical … Continue reading

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SAT Vocabulary – Gelid

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gel·id ˈjelid/ adjective Gelid is an adjective describing something that is extremely cold or icy. It can be used both literally and figuratively, as in the sample sentences below. Sample Sentence 1: Every winter when the lake freezes over, my little brother and I stuff ourselves into our thickest, warmest clothes and run out onto the ice, laughing as we slip and slide over its gelid, crystal surface. In this context, the word gelid is being used quite literally to mean “very cold.” There are various context clues in the sentence that can help you figure out its meaning. The … Continue reading

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Extra Hard SAT Math Question – Lost in Translation

At the end of every SAT Math section, the test makers try to come up with an extremely difficult problem that will leave even the cleverest students scratching their heads. The really evil part, though, is that even these problems can be solved in under a minute without a calculator – if you know what to do. This means that once you “figure out the trick,” these difficult problems become easy. So, while those test makers are busy cackling with sadistic glee, let’s see if we can’t beat them at their own game. Consider the following problem: The average of … Continue reading

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HBCU Spotlight – Morehouse College

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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 … Continue reading

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SAT ESSAY REVISIONS

Essay Revision Part II

Scoring a good grade on your SAT essay should be about as easy as throwing a golf ball into the Pacific Ocean (mainly because even terrible analogies like that are considered sufficiently persuasive on the SAT). If you follow the basic guidelines provided in your Test Masters SAT & PSAT Course Manual, you will probably end up with an 11 or 12 on your essay. Even if you don’t follow the guidelines exactly, there is no reason to score less than a 10 on your SAT Essay. Remember, your essay is important- your essay score may impact up to one-third of … Continue reading

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Ask Test Masters: AP or IB? Should I Change Schools?

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  Ask Test Masters is a free information services offered by the college admission experts at Test Masters. Reader Tom is trying to decide between taking AP or IB classes, and is considering transferring high schools in order to make himself a more competitive college applicant. He writes, “Hi, I attend an IB high school in Canada, and rank among the top students there. The Gr. 9 class is comprised of 36 students. Anyway, recently I have been looking for schools that offer AP rather than IB. I really hope to get into Princeton or Columbia. I heard that AP … Continue reading

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SAT Vocabulary – Impugn

Impugn

This Week’s Word: Impugn [Im-PUNE] verb. Impugn means to attack as false or questionable; challenge in argument. Synonyms: Question, Challenge, and Dispute. Etymology: “Impugn” derives from two Latin roots: in- (towards) and pugnare (fight). These two roots were then combined to form “Impugnare” (to assail), until it finally developed in to the word we use today. Additional Information: Although it was originally brought about to describe a physical attack of some sort, Impugn has recently been morphed by the civility of the twentieth century. With hand-to-hand violence being a lesser means of attack, Impugn has taken on more of a … Continue reading

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