A Foolproof Way To Increase Your Critical Reading Score

Published Tuesday, October 28, 2014 by Adam

If you’re having a hard time with the SAT, I’ll bet Critical Reading is your biggest source of pain. It’s the section that we at Excel see people struggling with the most, and it’s easy to see why. Grammar and math consist of complicated but concrete rules that you can break down into recognizable patterns and strategies. Critical Reading is a different ball game. It asks you for abstract thinking, knowledge of archaic vocab, and a high tolerance for boring writing. So if you’ve practiced and practiced and you’re still not seeing an upswing in… Continue Reading

Private Colleges of California Part 3

Published Friday, June 3, 2011 by Tarang

You would think after part 2 that we would have exhausted the colleges in the golden state, but your options still remain afloat. California seems to churn out as many college students as corporate America seems to outsource. This state’s large amount of opportunities, though, give California grads the upper edge. A college degree is the biggest asset in today’s job market. And so we continue with the colleges in California that can provide you with a quality education. 1. University of San Diego– San Diego, CA Admissions Data (2010): Percent of Applicants Admitted: 51%… Continue Reading

Private Colleges of California Part 2

Published Monday, May 16, 2011 by Tarang

Last time we went on a journey towards Southern California and discovered 3 prestigious but low-profile private schools. Featuring small class sizes and an ample amount of majors, these colleges can meet anyone’s needs. Now let’s trek on up towards the Bay Area and the rest of Northern California and see what other academic treasures we can find. 1. University of San Francisco (San Francisco, CA) Admissions Data (2009): Percent of Applicants Admitted: 71% Test Scores — 25th / 75th Percentile SAT Critical Reading: 500 / 610 SAT Math: 510 / 610 SAT Writing: 510… Continue Reading

Private Colleges of California

Published Thursday, May 12, 2011 by Tarang

California is home to sunny weather and legendary landmarks. From sunbathed, flip-flop wearing Southern Californians to tie dye shirt wearing Northern Californians, this state offers it all. Along with glamor and beaches, California is also famous for its higher education. The state system provides amazing education in the form of the University of California and the California State University systems. However, most people have only heard of Stanford and the University of Southern California when it comes to the private schools. Private colleges are often smaller, liberal arts schools that may not be well known… Continue Reading

Princeton Nation

Published Wednesday, April 27, 2011 by Tarang

The title of this posts derives from the informal motto of Princeton University: “Princeton in the Nation’s Service and in the Service of All Nations.” Recently, I posted the SAT/ACT stats for Harvard and Yale. Rounding out the “Big Three,” is Princeton University. Princeton University often ties for first place with Harvard on many lists comparing universities in the United States. Surprisingly though, the term “Big Three” did not describe these universities because of their academics. Of course, Harvard, Princeton, and Yale (or endearingly termed HYP) have tough admissions requirements and rank as the oldest… Continue Reading


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