Reducing Test Anxiety

Published Saturday, December 11, 2021 by Katie

Stress. Everyone faces it, not just anxious high school students. Stress is a natural, but not insurmountable, challenge faced by all. However, by using a few simple techniques, anyone can learn to effectively and efficiently combat stress in all situations. Strategy 1: Tensing and Relaxing. This strategy is developed and explained in depth in Dr. Paul D. Nolting’s instructional text Math Study Skills Workbook, Your Guide to Reducing Test Anxiety and Improving Study Strategies. When using the tensing and relaxing method, first place feet on the floor, making sure you are pressing evenly downwards. Then,… Continue Reading

A New Year…

Published Saturday, December 11, 2021 by Katie

New Year’s resolutions. Made every year, prior to Jan 1st, they are goals that you strive to achieve over the following year. These resolutions can be anything—to earn straight As, to keep your room clean, or to try something new. However, since the January SAT is right around the corner, perhaps your New Year’s resolution is to attain a certain high score on this examination. To help achieve your goals, there are a few tips that you should keep in mind. Attend all your Excel classes. Excel instructors teach valuable tips that will increase your… Continue Reading

Discovering the Ivy Canopied Underbrush

Published Saturday, December 11, 2021 by Tarang

Pull up your stockings juniors, because you’re going to be taking the SATs this year. But besides taking this crucial examination, you have to do some research as well. This means that it is time to start thinking about the schools you want to apply to for the fall. If your mind is set on red brick buildings, gabled roofs, and top-ranked names, you must be thinking about the Ivy League schools (or UCLA, the only red brick UC). Now as a Californian, you are familiar with certain Ivies such as Harvard, Princeton, or Yale…. Continue Reading

Prayag Patel Excel’s Latest Perfect Scorer

Published Saturday, December 11, 2021 by Mariah

An incoming senior at Cupertino High School, Prayag scored a perfect 36 on the ACT exam. In his preliminary perfect score questionnaire, Prayag explained all the ways that Excel’s classes and supplemental services helped make his perfect score possible. He admits early on to being unfamiliar with the college admissions exams, and he initially chose to take a course simply to get a feel for how they actually work. “I liked the balance between practice and teaching,” he notes when describing what he likes best about Excel’s approach. “I do not believe that I would… Continue Reading

The National Merit Scholarship Program

Published Saturday, December 11, 2021 by Katie

The results for the 2021 PSAT/NMSQT recently were released. For the approximately 3.5 million students across the United States that took the test this past October, one question will likely come to mind: “What next?” For the 1.6 million high school sophomores (and a few precocious seventh graders, eighth graders, and freshmen) who took the PSAT, the answer is to take the test again. Before junior year, the PSAT has little significance—it merely serves as practice. However, for the 1.5 million high school juniors that endured the grueling three-hour exam, the results of the PSAT/NMSQT… Continue Reading


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