When adults try to measure success, metrics vary widely, from financial wealth to professional distinction to emotional satisfaction. We usually evaluate success in children more narrowly: grades. Excellent grades imply accomplishment in school that may translate to mastery in the workplace. For better or for worse, great grades mean a lot to many of us,
Meet Martha, a motivated, overachieving high school student. Martha lives by the credo, “If it’s not perfect, it’s not done.” In college-level vocabulary terms, she is assiduous, diligent, and exacting. In short, Martha is a perfectionist. Her indefatigable commitment shows in her outstanding grades, yet she struggles time and time again on standardized tests. Why?
March 10, 2017 by Mike Bergin
The challenges the SAT and ACT pose come at us all at once. Sure, each exam is administered often throughout the academic year, but, basically, when you have room in your schedule for one, you’ll probably want to take both for more than simply logistical reasons. Some sources suggest studying for these exams sequentially, which
Just about every standardized test, from state tests to the classic SAT and ACT to graduate options like the GRE, LSAT, MCAT, and GMAT, includes a passage-based reading section. And so many test takers, who already know how to read, find these sections quite challenging. Why? First is the challenge of reading quickly and carefully.
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With winter on the wane, most students still have plenty of time before the big tests at the end of the academic year. But success later depends on what you do right now! If you need motivation to get moving towards your goals in a big way, here are some of our favorite recent inspirational
February 28, 2017 by Mike Bergin
One of the great mysteries of life, apart from why there is no other word for thesaurus, is why success in school doesn’t always translate to success on standardized tests. Not a week goes by where we don’t hear understandable confusion over the disconnect between grades and scores. Why aren’t the two linked more closely?