WEDNESDAY WISDOM; 2/27/19

Published Wednesday, February 27, 2019 by Tifinie

It is important to take a step back and reflect once in a while.  Enjoy this quote and see if you can find a way to relate it to your life.   “Just because something doesn’t do what you planned it to do doesn’t mean it’s useless.”  -Thomas Edison   Thomas Edison built a legacy by taking chances, which were seldom successful.  More than anything, he made progress by failing over and over again and learning what not to do.  In the process of creativity, often times things turn out differently than the creator imagined. … Continue Reading

EASY SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS GRADUATING 2020+

Published Friday, January 25, 2019 by Tifinie

  ATTENTION ALL STUDENTS GRADUATING IN THE YEAR 2020 AND LATER: A new program has been established that offers students a chance to be awarded College Board Opportunity Scholarships.  It was designed to help guide students through the college-admissions processes and motivate them to tackle the intimidating obstacles presented to aspiring college students.  There are 6 steps to follow to qualify for a series of scholarships.  Completing all 6 steps makes you eligible for a $40,000 scholarship on top of the smaller scholarships ranging from $500-$2,000 totaling in $6,000.  To qualify, you must complete the following 6 steps during your junior year of high school: Build… Continue Reading

TUESDAY TIPS; 12/18/18

Published Tuesday, December 18, 2018 by Tifinie

THE PSAT Attention 8th, 9th, and 10th graders; especially students beginning their junior year in the following fall: Sign up by September to take your PSAT in October of your 10th and 11th grade years.  The PSAT is given twice a year, both times being in October with results being released by the end of the year.  Prepare for this exam by the beginning of your sophomore year (or junior year if you feel confident) to work on boosting your scores and increase your chances at becoming a National Merit Scholar.   The PSAT is… Continue Reading

EXCEL AT A GLANCE; 12/14/18 – 12/20/18

Published Thursday, December 13, 2018 by Tifinie

  There are less than 3 weeks left in 2018, make the best of your time this winter by preparing for next year. Check back regularly to make sure that you don’t miss out on any important dates that are coming up!  The best way to conquer next year is to stay ahead of it!   REGISTRATION DEADLINES FOR FORMAL EXAMS This is a busy time of year as many students are preparing to take formal exams in the spring. If this sounds like you, be mindful of these dates as they will be here… Continue Reading

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


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