Extra Hard SAT Math Question – Speed Trap

Do you know how fast you were going on that problem?

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: If x and … Continue reading

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SAT Vocabulary – Apoplectic

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This Week’s Word: Apoplectic [APP-uh-PLECK-tick] Apoplectic is used to describe someone who is as angry or furious as to burst a blood vessel. Synonyms: Furious, Enraged, and Irate. Etymology: “Apoplectic” has taken stemmed from many different origins. It was first introduced with the Greek apoplessein, meaning “disable by stroke,” which is still relatable by today’s standards. Then, it was carried on to the Latin apoplecticus, the French apoplectique, and finally the seventeenth century’s apoplectic (as it is used today). Additional Information: Apoplectic derives from the word Apoplexy, which is the act of breaking a blood vessel; otherwise known as Thrombosis. … Continue reading

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College Countdown Part II

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Last time we discussed the steps you need to take to stay on the path to success during your freshman and sophomore years of high school. In this post, we’ll continue from where we left off with a discussion of key events that should happen during your junior and senior years. Hopefully, by the time junior year begins, you will have spent your freshman and sophomore years forming good habits, building up your resume, and opening up opportunities, because this is when the going gets tough.  Academically, junior year is considered by many students to be the most demanding year … Continue reading

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College Profile: University of Pennsylvania

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More than two centuries after establishing itself as the first university in the United States, the University of Pennsylvania is easily one of the most recognized and prestigious universities in the country. Since William Penn and Benjamin Franklin founded UPenn, this school has lived up to the expectations of its Ivy League label. With an endowment listed at over $7-billion in the year 2013, twelve Nobel-Prize-winning alumni, and a location in one of the country’s oldest and most storied cities, UPenn has developed an institution that could be a dream school for any aspiring undergraduate. UPenn’s undergraduate academics are comprised … Continue reading

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College Countdown Part I

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Many high school students only start thinking about applying to college when they start senior year, and only then do they discover how much they have to do: they have applications to fill out, essays to write, standardized tests to take, and recommendations to ask for, plus they have to keep up with their grades and extracurricular activities. The process of applying to college can be overwhelming, but with a little planning it is much more manageable. All you need is a helpful guide that lays out what you should do and when. Guess what? You’ve come to the right … Continue reading

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SAT Vocabulary – Cacophony

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This Week’s Word: Cacophony [Kack-uh-phone-E] noun. Cacophony is a word that is used to describe a mixture of discordant sounds or noises. Synonyms: Racket, Discordance, Chatter. Etymology: This word stems from the Greek term “Kakos” meaning bad, and “Phone” meaning sound. It’s developed in stages over the past couple millennia, starting with its first iteration: Kakophonos (ill-sounding). The word then was adjusted in Greek to “Kakophonia”, until the French transformed it into their own “Cacophonie”, and finally (in the 17th century) arrived at the spelling and usage practiced today. This word is sometimes used by authors, poets, and lyricists as … Continue reading

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Extra Hard SAT Math Question – Too Big for the Calculator

Let's face it, you're nothing without your calculator.

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: What is the … Continue reading

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Ask Test Masters: Is the CAP Program Binding?

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Ask Test Masters is a free information service offered by the college admission experts at Test Masters. Reader Obinna has a question about the University of Texas’ Coordinated Admission Program (CAP). She writes, “Is the University of Texas CAP Program binding? By signing the agreement and paying the fee, does it act as intent of enrollment?” Dear Obinna, It is unclear from your question whether or not you have already signed the CAP agreement and paid the enrollment or application fee associated with registering as a CAP student, or whether you are posing this question as a hypothetical. Our advice … Continue reading

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College Profile: Stanford

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When former California Governor Leland Stanford purchased 650 acres of Rancho San Francisquito real estate, hardly anyone would have guessed that land would eventually grow to 8,000 acres in size and house one of the most prestigious academic institutions in the world. Since its foundation in Palo Alto, California (1891), Leland Stanford Junior University, or as it is more commonly known Stanford University, has established itself among the giants of higher education, and is arguably the best college on the west coast. Such prestige is usually accompanied with an equally prestigious atmosphere. Stanford is no exception to this as its … Continue reading

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Can SAT Scores Impact Your Ability to Get a Job After College?

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The SAT is one of the most important factors in the college admission process, accounting for upwards of 40% or more of most admission decisions; now, it turns out, the SAT’s impact may extend far beyond college admissions. Melissa Korn of The Wall Street Journal recently published an article titled, Job Hunting? Dig Up Those SAT Scores suggesting the SAT and ACT may affect the job opportunities students have access to after college graduation To quote directly from the article: “Proving the adage that all of life is like high school, plenty of employers still care about a job candidate’s … Continue reading

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