Many students feel increased anxiety when attempting to write the SAT essay. The task is simple enough, but the process is involved. It must also be completed in under 25 minutes and achieve the following: flow logically, be organized, and persuade. Unlike analytical essays, the SAT essay is testing how well you can prove your point providing concrete examples and evidence. While students of Excel are given a format to follow which can greatly help them organize their essay, they are still responsible for providing their own content to fill in that format. Another aspect… Continue Reading
You think you have a difficult time with Critical Reading passages? Be lucky you don’t suffer the same problem as popular crime novelist Howard Engel.
The second installment in our school SAT stats series is Stanford. That’s a lot of S’s, but getting in requires a lot of A’s. Or so you’d think. You’ll see at the bottom of this post that 53% of applicants to the 2009 freshman class had a GPA of 4.0 or above and 10% of them were accepted. In fact, the data suggest that GPA maybe isn’t the criteria given the most weight. The data below are for last year’s incoming freshman — data for the incoming 2010 freshman class aren’t available yet — but… Continue Reading
If you’ve sat through the three fun-filled hours that is Excel’s grammar class, you’ve heard me mention After Deadline, the New York Times’ blog of its own grammatical snafus. (If you didn’t hear it mentioned you weren’t paying attention!) I’ll link to it here because I think reading it is a great way to keep the rules of grammar fresh long past grammar school. Plowing cover to cover through a reference manual like Strunk and White’s Elements of Style, which I also mention in grammar class, can be mind-numbingly boring. But reading grammar rules in… Continue Reading