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How to Showcase Your Diversity in Your College Essay

Posted: Thursday, August 6th, 2015 | Filed under: Admissions Essay, College acceptance, College Admissions, college essay | author: By Lucy Wilkins

200394126-001College campuses are striving to increase the diversity of their classes each year, believing that diversity enhances the multiple perspectives that a liberal arts education develops, as well as expanding knowledge and preparing students for life in a global community.

So what does this mean to you? This information can be used as an advantage in your college application; it is crucial that you demonstrate that you’ll bring something unique to campus and help create a microcosm of our diverse planet.

SHSAT Preparation and Scoring

Posted: Friday, July 31st, 2015 | Filed under: high school entrance exams, SHSAT, Specialized High School Admissions Test, Tutoring | author: By Teddy Bergman

SHSAT test
The Specialized High School Admission Test (SHSAT) is the key component of the admissions process to eight of New York City’s specialized high schools.  With the exception of the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, schools base acceptance on how 8th and first-time 9th grade students perform on the 95-question multiple choice test, which encompasses verbal and math sections designed to ascertain capacities such as logical reasoning, reading comprehension, and computational math.

The Importance of the SHSAT

Posted: Friday, July 24th, 2015 | Filed under: SHSAT, Specialized High School Admissions Test, Tutoring | author: By Teddy Bergman

SHSAT examWith more than 400 high schools, New York City has an extensive public school system including nine specialized high schools geared specifically toward students who are considered academically and artistically gifted.  For 8th and first-time 9th grade students seeking to earn a merit-based placement, the Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT) is a critical part of the application process.

In addition to being a requirement, the SHSAT is the sole criterion for admission to eight of the specialized high schools:

  • Bronx High School of Science
  • Brooklyn Latin School
  • Brooklyn Technical High School
  • High School for Math, Science and Engineering at City College
  • High School for American Studies at Lehman College
  • Queens High School for the Sciences at York College
  • Staten Island Technical High School
  • Stuyvesant High School

How the June 6 SAT Mistake Affects Your Score

Posted: Monday, June 15th, 2015 | Filed under: June 6th SAT issue, SAT exam, SAT grading, SAT scoring | author: By Lucy Wilkins

Test TakingWhat’s happening with the June 6th SAT? Everybody is going crazy with questions! Do my scores count? When will I get my scores? What’s actually happened? Who does this affect?


I’m going to attempt to clarify the slightly unusual situation that has sent many students into meltdown! Ok, so a printing error occurred on the SAT test that was administered in the United States on the 6th of June. What implications does this have for you? The College Board and ETS have decided that the last section of Math and Reading will not be scored, so your score will be calculated on the first two sections. But, the College Board insists that these scores will still be reliable.


Posted: Tuesday, June 9th, 2015 | Filed under: ACT exam, ACT grading, ACT strategies, SAT exam, SAT grading, SAT scoring, SAT strategy | author: By Lucy Wilkins

SAT vs ACTDoes a 2400 on the SAT sound better than a 36 on the ACT? I’m probably not the only one who spent hours scrutinising the differences during the decision between the two types of standardised testing. The truth: they mean the exact same and colleges do not look at them differently. So relax! With the tests, pick the right one for you and then you’ll do swimmingly! Here are a few similarities and differences between the SAT and ACT for you to consider to help you decide which test is a ‘fit’ for you…This is just like choosing colleges!

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