Breaking Down Vocabulary

Published Saturday, December 4, 2021 by Alina Krjukova

So you’ve been studying your vocabulary list for the last few weeks, and you’ve gotten the hang of it. You know 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 when you encounter 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 strangest vocabulary words. You… Continue Reading


Published Saturday, December 4, 2021 by Tifinie

The College Board has introduced a new program 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 in the journey.  Students must follow 6 steps to qualify for a series of scholarships.  Completing all 6 steps makes you eligible (note: scholarship(s) are not guaranteed) for a $40,000 scholarship on top of the smaller scholarships ranging from $500-$2,000 totaling $6,000.  To qualify, you must complete the following 6 steps during your junior year of… Continue Reading

Everything you need to know about the SAT

Published Saturday, December 4, 2021 by Mariah

The SAT is one of the biggest exams a student takes in their high school career. Many students prep for almost a year for the exam.  SAT preparation classes help students score well and gain an advantage in the college application process. Where can you find the best SAT prep classes? At Excel Test, we offer effective prep courses with real questions and a simple plan that is easy to follow. Apart from SAT preparation classes, here is everything that you need to know about the SAT.  Duration – The exam is 3 hours without… Continue Reading

Congratulations To Our Winners!

Published Saturday, December 4, 2021 by Adam

We here at Excel would like to congratulate the most recent Excel students to have claimed our $1,000 scholarship for receiving perfect scores on the ACT! Nidhi Bangari – ACT Nidhi Bangari is a student at Cupertino High School who scored a 36 on the February ACT. She doesn’t know what she wants to major in yet, but she figures it will be something in the sciences—she enjoys her high school’s labs. Other than her core classes, she is an active member of her school’s debate team and FBLA. Bangari excels in Parliamentary, which requires… Continue Reading

Understanding the UC’s Elimination of the SAT/ACT Requirement

Published Wednesday, June 3, 2020 by Briant Sarris

Before you prematurely shred your SAT/ACT prep books in celebration, there are a few things you should know about this decision and its consequences for you.  2021-2022 Admissions will be Test-Optional Optional is just another word for unnecessary, right? Not exactly. For many students, this change will mean just business as usual.  Test-optional means that for both the high school graduating classes of 2021 and 2022, the SAT/ACT are no longer required for college admissions, but submitted scores are still looked at and considered during the admissions process. SAT/ACT scores that you do submit are… Continue Reading

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