Help for self-prepping GRE students

This video from an Education publication in India summarizes the free GRE prep apps out there is spot on.  I personally have used Magoosh vocab prep on their app.  I will definitely take the time to try the others…  Check out the summary here .

 

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Does that college require my ACT or SAT test with writing?

One of the more vexing issues in the college application process is knowing whether to sign up with writing or without.  It takes more prep time and costs more money to add the writing, so it is a significant question.

 

Unfortunately, the list of schools and their writing policies are ever-changing.  The least I could do is provide links directly to the ACT and SAT sites.  They  have entry forms in which one can enter an institution’s name, then click in order to find out if the school requires the essay.

For the SAT, click here.

 

For the ACT, click here.

 

The two tests differ greatly in what they require in the essay, so make sure not to equate prepping for an ACT essay with prepping for an SAT essay.

Here’s more about the ACT essay and more about the SAT essay.

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GRE – can you choose what scores to send? And are law schools talking GRE now?

Yes and No to both questions!

On the day you take your GRE, you can use Score Select to choose your best test days. You can represent your best test-taking day, but unlike “superscoring” on the SAT and ACT, you can’t choose one Verbal from a test day and one Quant from another test day.  More about Score-Select is described here.

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In other news, the issue of whether law schools should accept the GRE has remained in the news since one Arizona law school changed its requirements to include GRE submissions.  The administrator of the LSAT, the LSAC, is threatening to halt the certification of LSAT scores as a sort of bargaining chip to keep the law schools GRE-free.  Many consider the LSAT a tougher test; opening the law school doors to GRE-takers would seriously hurt LSAC’s business. Read more about law schools and their plans here.

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NJ colleges’ and universities’ ACT score ranges

Pay more attention to those numbers in the 75% column.

http://collegeapps.about.com/od/state-act-scores/a/new-jersey-act-scores.htm

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Rutgers College

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Learning the unit circle for the ACT

unit circleOn a handful of ACT math tests, I’ve seen a unit circle question which requires outside knowledge of the coordinates around the circle. I had heard that there is a “hand trick” out there that students can use to recall those coordinates as you climb up and back down around the circle. Today I found a great blog post from “Mrs. B”. Check it out! http://highschoolmathadventures.blogspot.com/2013/08/Unit-Circle-Hand-Trick.html

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In a few days, the old “Real ACT” prep guide will be re-released with no updates

act book coverThose of us who prep for the ACT are painfully aware that the exam has become more difficult over recent years.  Dual passages in the reading, new essay prompts, tougher science sections, more alg 2/pre-calc topics in the math are just some examples.  We’ve been looking forward to updated prep materials.  I was excited to see that Wiley is newly publishing a Real ACT prep guide, but alas, it is the same book.  The publisher doesn’t claim there is new material, but there isn’t any in case you were hoping for some. The customer service rep did say she was told an actual new guide would be published “in the Spring”.

 

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Schools that don’t require the SAT/ACT

The Washington Post provided a list back in July.

 

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