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

Congratulations To Our Winners!

Published Tuesday, January 13, 2015 by Adam

We here at Excel would like to congratulate three students of ours who have claimed $1000 scholarships in the past month after receiving perfect 2400 scores on the SAT! Like many Excel students who receive perfect scores after taking our class, Prashant Desai initially did not believe his eyes when he saw his score. “I was sitting with a couple of my friends, and I noticed that scores were out, so I opened my laptop and I checked,” said Prashant. “I thought it was a mistake at first, because I thought everything was out of… Continue Reading

Congratulations Yash Rane!

Published Wednesday, December 17, 2014 by Adam

When Yash Rane learned that he had received a perfect score on the September 2014 ACT Exam, he was ecstatic. “When I first out about it, I was just sitting at my desk in my house. I was incredibly excited to be getting my score,” he said. “The first person I told was my brother, who was closest. He was pretty excited too. The first thing [my mom] did was, she couldn’t believe that I got that score, she just had to tell everyone.” Rane got a 36 after taking Excel’s ACT Core Classroom Course,… 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

National Merit Scholarship Cutoff Scores by State

Published Thursday, October 2, 2014 by Rakhi

Students who took the PSAT in October of this year 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 …..and are graduating (graduated) in this year. 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 Alabama 211 209 211 210 208 209 209 Alaska 212 204 212 214 211 212 213 Arizona 214 212 213 209 210 209 211 Arkansas 205 202 205 203 203 204 201 California 223 220 221 219 218 217 218 Colorado 215 212 215 212 213 213 213 Connecticut 221 218 220 219 218 218 217 Delaware 218 215 217 215 219 219 219… Continue Reading

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