Quick – name one thing that Excel students are absolutely dominating. Well, there are many things on that list, but quite frankly, the ACT might be at the top of it. What makes us think so? Dougherty Valley junior Vikram Karmarkar, who is the latest member of the Excel community to earn top mark on the September 2019 ACT exam. Vikram’s motivation for enrolling in an SAT prep course was more refinement-of-technique driven, rather than rundown-of-the-basics: “I wanted tips and strategies to help me score well on the test.” While in class, he found that… Continue Reading

Practice a variety of math problems to keep your math skills at their best.  This week, fine-tune your geometry skills by working on the problems below!   Points A and C lie on a circle with center R.  The circle has a radius of 18 centimeters.  The measure of ∠ARC is 90°.  What is the length, in centimeters, of minor arc AC?  A) 36π B) 26π C) 14π D) 9π E) Cannot be determined   Can you find the total circumference of the circle based on the information given? A) 36π B) 104π C)… Continue Reading

Regular practice will keep your math skills always at their best.  Continue to keep your math skills strong by practicing this week’s Math Madness Brain Buster from Geometry! In a competition, contestants must fill up a rectangular container with a green liquid using a cone-shaped cup.  The diameter of the opening of the cup is 4 inches and it is 5 inches tall.  If the container is 3.5 feet wide, has a depth of 3 feet, and is 2 feet tall, what is the minimum number of times that they will need to fill… Continue Reading

THE ACT The ACT is a nationally administered exam that helps colleges select candidates for enrollment by evaluating a student’s knowledge of academic subjects.  The ACT tests a student’s academic abilities in English, math, reading, science, and writing (with an optional essay).  The duration of the exam is 3 hours and 35 minutes and is divided into 4 sections.  A perfect score on the ACT is 36 points, which is based on the average of the 4 sections.  Unlike the SAT, the ACT includes a science section and is a beneficial exam to take for… Continue Reading

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

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