Create a College Board account

Published Saturday, December 11, 2021 by Dave

Do it now! Here’s why… By creating an account at, numerous resources will be available to help you master the SAT. Set up your account now! Other great things on offer include an online ‘organizer’ for keeping track of colleges, majors, and financial aide information. There are college admissions calendars designed for juniors and seniors. And of course, you can register for the SAT. (* except for this blog, of course!)

College Bound Books

Published Saturday, December 11, 2021 by Tarang

Most people would rather watch The Hangover Part 2 than be caught reading during summer. Summer is a time for taking trips with your friends and watching new movies, but some of you might want to catch up on light reading. While you and your teacher’s definition of “light reading” may differ, your time before college will be well-spent reading books that talk about tips and tricks for college. Get the truth on the college experience. Learn what to expect and what to watch out for. The Naked Roommate: And 107 Other Issues You Might… Continue Reading

Too Frequently Asked Questions

Published Saturday, December 11, 2021 by Tarang

All of us have questions about everything. Some of us wonder why Fox has decided to have X Factor and American Idol in back to back seasons. Others might question if summer shows like Pretty Little Liars and Teen Wolf will last another season. Some want to know where is the best place to watch some July 4th fireworks. Still others question (more seriously) why nature seems to have suddenly turned against us– what with fires in Texas and floods in North Dakota. Life is never easy, and questioning is part of the process of… Continue Reading

Gearing up for Junior Year

Published Saturday, December 11, 2021 by Katie

Junior Year is notorious for being the most difficult year in your high school journey. In reality, junior year is not that bad. Sure, you may be taking multiple APs, the SATs are right around the corner, and your parents and teachers are constantly stressing the importance of maintaining your GPA. But, with a couple of tips, you can endure the various challenges that this year poses.   Take a vacation before junior year. Being such dedicated, hardworking students, chances are you have spent your summer doing something academic. To avoid school fatigue (which at… Continue Reading

A perfect score

Published Saturday, December 4, 2021 by Dave

It’s a real honor to be able to start this blog with news that an Excel alum has earned a perfect score on the SAT. Andrew Kau, of Monte Vista High School, took the exam last October and received news of his 1600 score in November. Needless to say, we at Excel are thrilled for Andrew. And Andrew seemed pretty thrilled to receive a $1,000 scholarship check from Excel for his effort. (Yes, current students, earn a 1600 and you’ll earn $1,000, too!) Look for more posts here in the coming weeks about Excel alumni… Continue Reading

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