SAT and ACT When colleges are looking for new students, they review applicant profiles in search of the best of the bunch to make up their student body.  Of course, the most reputable colleges usually get the cream of the crop, aiming to enroll the most talented students they can find.  The rest of the students then disperse into various universities and local colleges. Which students are the most talented?  How do colleges decide?  Colleges use various tools when evaluating eligible students.  Every student that applies will submit an application package providing crucial information about… Continue Reading

Monta Vista High School junior Siya Digra is one of Excel Test Prep’s most recent perfect scorers, and we couldn’t be more thrilled about it! After a long string of ACT champions, Siya has stepped forth to take her rightful place among our SAT hall of famers. To celebrate her accomplishment, we invited her to come to our office for an interview, and as part of our getting-to-know-you process, Siya answered a few questions for us beforehand, sharing with us the process leading up to her SAT exam success. Siya began her prep journey with… 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

The SAT The SAT is an exam administered by the College Board that evaluates students’ levels of knowledge of material covered in High School that they are expected to know before entering college.  Most colleges and universities in the United States use the SAT exam scores as references during the college admissions process. Some universities and colleges outside of the United States also use SAT scores to evaluate a student’s eligibility to their schools.  This exam is generally taken by students in high school between their 10th and 12th grade years.  Seniors should have… Continue Reading

“If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.”  -Dalai Lama    Many of us have been in this situation.  Laying in bed on a warm summer night trying to drift off to sleep, or maybe on a camping trip in a tent with the sleeping bag zipped all the way up to your nose trying to relax, but you can’t because you are not alone – a predator is lurking in the room with you and if you fall asleep it might get you! Well, maybe… Continue Reading

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