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A 10 Step Guide to the High School Senior's Spring

March 10, 2014
A 10 Step Guide to the High School Senior's Spring

Your senior year of high school can seem like a veritable whirlwind. By March, you have likely completed multiple college applications, requested letters of recommendation, sat for the SAT and/or ACT, and written a number of personal statements. While you may believe your work is done, the unfortunate truth is that the remaining spring months can be just as hectic. As you complete this step in your education, reference the guide below to ensure you stay on the right path. 1. Apply yourself Commit not just to submitting college applications (at this stage, they should be finished), but instead to your second semester classes. An offer of admi ... Read More About A 10 Step Guide to the High School Senior's Spring

A Student Review of Washington University in St. Louis

March 09, 2014
A Student Review of Washington University in St. Louis

The tutors behind Varsity Tutors are not just here to teach – they’re sharing their college experiences as well. Mimi is a Chicago tutor specializing in various foreign languages, Algebra, Writing, and more. She graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2009 with a Bachelor’s degree in French and Economics. Check out her review of her school:  VT: Describe the campus setting and transportation options. How urban or safe is the campus? Are there buses or do you need a car/bike? Mimi: Wash U is set in a somewhat urban-suburban setting. The main campus straddles Clayton, which is a fairly tony, first-ring ... Read More About A Student Review of Washington University in St. Louis

A Day in the Life at Brown University

March 08, 2014
A Day in the Life at Brown University

The tutors behind Varsity Tutors are not just here to teach – they’re sharing their college experiences as well. Jay is a Boston tutor specializing in Chemistry, Statistics, Algebra, and more. He is a 2012 graduate of Brown University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Check out his review of his alma mater: VT: Describe the campus setting and transportation options. How urban or safe is the campus? Are there buses or do you need a car/bike? Jay: The campus is nestled atop College Hill with a 10-15 minute walk downtown. The campus has a variety of walking routes that keep you within the college campus feel en ... Read More About A Day in the Life at Brown University

How is the ACT Scored?

March 07, 2014
How is the ACT Scored?

The ACT consists of an overall result – the Composite score – and individual marks for four sections: English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science. Writing, which is not required by all colleges and universities, is assessed separately. For the above multiple-choice sections and the composite score, the ACT utilizes a four-step process: 1. The number of correct questions is determined. There is no penalty for incorrect answers or unanswered questions. 2. A raw score is calculated. For example, if 48 of 60 answers are correct on the Mathematics section, your raw score is 48. This raw score is then converted to a scale sco ... Read More About How is the ACT Scored?

Official SAT Changes for 2016 Announced

March 06, 2014
Official SAT Changes for 2016 Announced

On March 5, 2014, The College Board officially announced the multiple changes it will make to its well-known college entrance exam, the SAT. First discussed in 2013 (and the first large-scale revision since 2005), these changes will modernize the SAT and intend to improve its ability to accurately evaluate students’ readiness for higher education. The adjustments will affect both content and the required skills to score well, though the test’s general format of three sections will remain. (Note, however, that what constitutes each portion will differ.) For a specific treatment of each section’s revisions, see below.  &n ... Read More About Official SAT Changes for 2016 Announced