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Preparing for AP Exams

Even though the AP exams aren’t until May, now is the time to start your AP test prep, particularly if you aren’t taking an AP course.  (Yes, that’s correct—it is possible to take an AP exam even if you aren’t taking an AP course in that subject area!)  Because AP exams are what colleges use to judge whether or not you are granted college credit for your knowledge in a certain subject, they are more comprehensive and require a greater knowledge than an SAT Subject test.  Understandabl

What Do You Need to Know About the IELTS?

As the number of international students enrolling in American higher education has been continuously growing, so has the popularity of International English Language Testing System (IELTS) in the United States—with a respectively higher number of U.S. higher education institutions accepting IELTS scores. As a result, it is important to be aware of its specifications before deciding to opt for taking the test.

What is the IELTS?

High School Equivalency Exams: What Do We Know?

Last year, I wrote a blog on the end of the GED exam in New York State and the start of the TASC.  While the format of both tests has now had a year to settle and become the norm, a recent article on NPR suggests that the options available for students not earning a high school diploma are becoming significantly more difficult.  But what about the tests that aren’t the GED?  How are they diff

Changes to the SAT: What Does It Mean?

If you’re reading this blog, you have probably already heard about the College Board’s changes to the SAT.  For those of you who aren’t familiar with the changes, here’s a summary:  Starting in Spring 2016, the SAT will go back to the 1600-point format.  They’re getting rid of vocabulary words that are largely out of use and hard-to-understand math questions, the essay is becoming optional, and the overall focus of the exam will be on decoding the presen

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