Best wishes to everyone beginning their second semesters!  College-entrance exam dates are just around the corner with the ACT coming up first on February 9th.  Be sure to register by next Friday, the 11th if you’re interested in taking the ACT in February – you will have two other chances to take it before the school year ends. If you don’t know which tests you should take, consult the school you are interested in applying to and see what exams they require for admission. The SAT is the traditional exam and most schools will accept… Continue Reading

It is important to take a step back and reflect once in a while. Enjoy this quote and see if you can find a way to relate it to your life.   “Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”  -John Wooden   John Wooden was an athlete who played as a guard for the Purdue Boilermakers’ college basketball team in Indiana between 1929 and 1932. He then moved on to be a memorable coach for 29 years at UCLA and Indiana State as he became the first person to… Continue Reading

Regular practice will keep your math skills always at their best. Continue to keep your math skills strong by practicing this week’s brain buster from algebra!     What is the product of the differences between the following sets of numbers: 76 from 85; and 42 from 53?   A) 20 B) 4,234 C) 2 D) 99 E) None of the above   Stay tuned next week for the solution and a new question!     Solution for last week:  A)  2404 ¼ 37 + 6(4-1) + 110 + ½2 37 + 63 +… Continue Reading

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

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

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