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 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

SAT vs. ACT

Published Tuesday, September 3, 2013 by Nicolette

Last week, we did our Perfect Score interview for Ramola Bavisker, who scored a perfect 36 on the ACT  on top of her already perfect SAT score (earning her second $1000 scholarship from us, to boot!). Having taken and beaten both exams, Ramola was in a unique position to give advice on both exams. We asked her one of the frequent questions we get from students: Which exam should I take? You would be right to make a thoughtful and careful decision. The two exams have a lot of important differences to note. One of… Continue Reading

Private Colleges of California Part 2

Published Monday, May 16, 2011 by Tarang

Last time we went on a journey towards Southern California and discovered 3 prestigious but low-profile private schools. Featuring small class sizes and an ample amount of majors, these colleges can meet anyone’s needs. Now let’s trek on up towards the Bay Area and the rest of Northern California and see what other academic treasures we can find. 1. University of San Francisco (San Francisco, CA) Admissions Data (2009): Percent of Applicants Admitted: 71% Test Scores — 25th / 75th Percentile SAT Critical Reading: 500 / 610 SAT Math: 510 / 610 SAT Writing: 510… Continue Reading

Private Colleges of California

Published Thursday, May 12, 2011 by Tarang

California is home to sunny weather and legendary landmarks. From sunbathed, flip-flop wearing Southern Californians to tie dye shirt wearing Northern Californians, this state offers it all. Along with glamor and beaches, California is also famous for its higher education. The state system provides amazing education in the form of the University of California and the California State University systems. However, most people have only heard of Stanford and the University of Southern California when it comes to the private schools. Private colleges are often smaller, liberal arts schools that may not be well known… Continue Reading


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