Monthly Archives: February 2016

Will a Bad AP Score Sink My Application?

We get this question a lot here at College Compass: “I got a 1/2/3 on an AP test! Do I still have a chance at Harvard?!” Though you might be panicking or worried that your Ivy Dreams are now toast, … Continue reading

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What Are Subject Tests? Which Colleges Require Them?

Hi folks! Today we’ll be talking about a question we don’t get often enough — Which colleges require the SAT Subject Tests, and what in the world are Subject Tests? What Are SAT Subject Tests? You may or may not be … Continue reading

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Which Top 25 Schools Require the New SAT’s Optional Essay?

With the first administration of the New SAT approaching, you may be wondering whether or not you should take the Optional Essay. Though you might be inclined to skip it since it is “optional” after all, be aware that some … Continue reading

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You Got In! Now What?

As admissions are slowly rolling in, we’ll be talking about what I believe to be the single most important part of your decision-making process—admitted student days. What are Admitted Students Days? Most schools offer an admitted student’s day where you can … Continue reading

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No Contention Here: Anushka Madhurvarshi Achieves Perfect SAT Score

RESOLVED: TestMasters helps students like Anushka Madhurvarshi achieve perfect scores on the SAT. Affirmative: Madhurvarshi, a senior at DeBakey and avid Debate Team member, earned a Perfect Score of 2400 on the April 2015 SAT examination. As her value statement, … Continue reading

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Is the New SAT More Reading Intensive?

We recently came across this interesting piece by the New York Times regarding the New SAT’s  increased focus on the verbal/reading side of academics. While it’s true there is a longitudinal incorporation of English across the test, overall, we feel like the exam … Continue reading

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UPDATE 2: 2016 National Merit Semifinalist Cutoff Score for Texas – NEW ESTIMATE

Based on an analysis of nearly 10,000 students, Testmasters has updated our prediction for the National Merit Semifinalist cutoff score in Texas to be as high as 219. To understand how we got this number, you first need to understand how … Continue reading

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I Got a “C” in One of My Classes! Can I Still Get Into an Ivy League?

Hello readers! Today we’ll be talking about a topic we get asked quite frequently here at the Testmasters blog: “I got a B/C/D/F in one/two/three of my classes! Can I still get into an Ivy League?!” Fear not! We’re here … Continue reading

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August SAT starting in 2017

College Board has released the anticipated SAT test dates for the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 calendar years, and, with little fanfare or notice, it appears that they intend to phase out the January SAT test date by 2018. Let’s take a look … Continue reading

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Teresa Datta Hits a Hole in One on the ACT

No bogeys here– Teresa Datta, a senior at Bellaire High School, has made a hole-in-one on the ACT, achieving a perfect score of 36 on the September 2015 administration of this exam. As an avid golfer who has played at … Continue reading

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