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ACT English Tips

March 20, 2014
ACT English Tips

At first, the English section of the ACT may seem insurmountable. You must select the best and most grammatically sound option from complex and sophisticated choices. At times, it may seem as though each answer is equally correct or incorrect. You will also be asked about the purpose, organization, and style of passages, which may be dense and difficult to understand. However, there are several strategies you can apply to the English portion of the ACT in order to make questions more comprehensible and to maximize your score: 1.    Answer simple questions first Questions in the English section are ordered by their location wit ... Read More About ACT English Tips

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

March 19, 2014
A 10 Step Guide to the High School Sophomore's Spring

Sophomore year may seem like the calm before the storm that is your junior and senior years. College applications and SAT/ACT results may look as though they are firm elements of your future, but that future creeps closer each day. However, it is possible to lessen this stress by preparing as best you can in your sophomore year. Consider completing the following 10 steps this spring in order to experience a smoother semester this fall:  1. Evaluate your first semester What did you do well during the first half of sophomore year? What strategies should you carry into junior year? The ability to critically reflect upon your personal perfo ... Read More About A 10 Step Guide to the High School Sophomore's Spring

3 Lessons to Take Away From the GMAT

March 18, 2014
3 Lessons to Take Away From the GMAT

“When am I going to use this in real life?” How many times did we speak these words during high school when faced with a challenging math problem? Well, if you sit for the GMAT, you will be prompted to recall some of this information. Much of it hasn't been necessary to us for a number of years, and the majority is tested in such a way that it doesn't seem to apply to business school or the business world. However, the time you spend studying for and taking the GMAT will teach you several lessons that will be useful even beyond your exam date: 1. You will learn how to best use data By the time you finish this test, you will be ab ... Read More About 3 Lessons to Take Away From the GMAT

How is the STAAR Scored?

March 17, 2014
How is the STAAR Scored?

What is the STAAR? The STAAR is the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness. The STAAR replaced the TAKS in 2012. This exam tests students at multiple stages of their education in mathematics and reading (grades 3-8), writing (grades 4 and 7), science (grades 5 and 8), and social studies (grade 8). There is also an 'end of course' test (similar to the Regents Exams in New York) at the conclusion of Algebra I, Biology, English I and II, and U.S. History. These assessments compare student growth across the state with the desired and expected learning outcomes. They are now required for graduation. How is the STAAR scored? All scores ... Read More About How is the STAAR Scored?

What is it Like to Attend University of Pittsburgh?

March 16, 2014
What is it Like to Attend University of Pittsburgh?

The tutors behind Varsity Tutors are not just here to teach – they’re sharing their college experiences as well. Brian is a New York City tutor specializing in MCAT prep, Physics, Algebra, and much more. He graduated from University of Pittsburgh in 2009 with a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences. See what he had to say about his 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? Brian: The University of Pittsburgh’s main campus is in the heart of the city’s Oakland neighborhood. While it has the feel of a ... Read More About What is it Like to Attend University of Pittsburgh?