Congratulations Vrinda Vasavada and Rishi Veerapaneni!

Published Monday, February 9, 2015 by Adam

Congratulations to Rishi Veerapaneni and Vrinda Vasavada, two Excel students who have recently received perfect scores on the SAT! Rishi scored a perfect 2400 on the October SAT and says he was initially bewildered by the results. “When I saw the score, I thought that was just the default value, so I thought, ‘Okay, they’ll add my score later.’ I didn’t quite believe it at first,” he said. “The next day…I go back and look at the same number, like, ‘They can’t be that slow.’ I was happy-ish, I don’t know. I was kind of… Continue Reading

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

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

SAT Essay Revision: What Should I Do?

Published Friday, June 27, 2014 by Richard Hong

As mentioned in the previous blog, the SAT will have a revision to make the essay portion optional. With that being said, I still urge you to learn how to create a persuasive essay, even if the scoring isn’t mandatory. For one, the essay is optional but opted for so that you can show perspective colleges your ability to write well and persuasively. The prompts will no longer be generic to which students can use the same formula to respond to. Instead, they will be prompts that require the students to analyze and provide evidence… Continue Reading

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