Prayag Patel Excel’s Latest Perfect Scorer

Published Monday, August 13, 2018 by Mariah

An incoming senior at Cupertino High School, Prayag scored a perfect 36 on the February 2018 ACT exam. In his preliminary perfect score questionnaire, Prayag explained all the ways that Excel’s classes and supplemental services helped make his perfect score possible. He admits early on to being unfamiliar with the college admissions exams, and he initially chose to take a course simply to get a feel for how they actually work. “I liked the balance between practice and teaching,” he notes when describing what he likes best about Excel’s approach. “I do not believe that… Continue Reading

WHAT COLLEGE CLASSES ARE REALLY LIKE

Published Tuesday, July 17, 2018 by Mariah

Welcome to Excel Test Prep’s Summer College Series!!! Written by Sonia Mahajan & Kiyasha Mehta; Edited by Mariah Embry If you’ve watched any Hollywood movie about college life, you’ll know that college classes mostly take places in big lecture halls, everyone skips class, no one knows their professors, and nights are spent either partying hard or crying in the library. How accurate these film portrayals of college life are dependent on the school (and the movie), but for the most part, college classes are much more diverse and interesting than the movies portray. Here’s a brief rundown of what… Continue Reading

DEALING WITH STRESS IN THE COLLEGE APPLICATION PROCESS AND BEYOND

Published Thursday, July 12, 2018 by Mariah

Welcome to Excel Test Prep’s Summer College Series!!! Written by Sonia Mahajan & Kiyasha Mehta; Edited by Mariah Embry The college application process can be stressful, but so can college itself. That’s why it’s important to learn and get used to practicing stress management techniques early on. These techniques can not only reduce your procrastinating but also lead to a life with more quality and room for enjoyment during the college application process, in college, and beyond.   Get organized  It’s really easy to become stressed when there’s a million deadlines you have to meet but you don’t know when half… Continue Reading

Excel Test student Harini Adivikolanu is one of Excel’s latest perfect scorers

Published Thursday, July 12, 2018 by Mariah

A junior at Dougherty Valley High School in San Ramon, Harini scored a perfect 36 on the February 2018 ACT exam. During her recent perfect score interview with Excel, she detailed all the ways Excel’s classroom experience and post-course support contributed to her success. Harini noted that she chose to take a prep course specifically to benefit from learning tips and tricks from instructors who have taken the ACT – help she knew she couldn’t receive from a prep book alone. “The [Excel Test] teachers’ lessons are of high quality because they have taken the… Continue Reading

HOW TO FIND CLUBS YOU LIKE IN COLLEGE

Published Monday, July 9, 2018 by Mariah

Welcome to Excel Test Prep’s Summer College Series!!! Written by Sonia Mahajan; Edited by Mariah Embry Everyone seems to say that joining clubs is the best way to make friends and meet people your freshman year, but how exactly do you find clubs you like? On some college campuses, you might not know where to find all the clubs, and at others, there are just too many to fit into your schedule! Here are some tips for finding college clubs you’ll like.   Go to club’s fair  Most colleges have a club fair in the first few weeks of school…. Continue Reading


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