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

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

Congratulations Vineet Kosaraju!

Published Wednesday, March 18, 2015 by Adam

Congratulations to Vineet Kosaraju, who received a perfect score on the SAT after taking Excel’s classes and practice tests! Hailing from The Harker School, Vineet is heavily involved with the campus newspaper. “Last year I was a copy editor, which meant that I reviewed most of the articles before they went into print,” he said. “This year I moved to the online publication, where I’m one of the assistant tech editors. I review all of the articles that are based on science, technology, engineering, or mathematics, and sometimes business as well.” In addition to his… Continue Reading

Breaking Down Vocabulary

Published Friday, January 23, 2015 by Alina Krjukova

So you’ve been studying your vocabulary list for the last few weeks, and you have a pretty good hang of it. You know the definitions, and you feel pretty comfortable about understanding the words in context, but what about the other hundreds of thousands of words in the English language? One thing that you can do to prepare yourself for a run-in with the more remote words is learn to dissect words and figure out their meanings based on the roots. By dividing words into familiar parts, you can learn how to decode even the… Continue Reading

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


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