VARSITY ADMISSIONS AN EDUCATION BLOG

How is the SAT Scored?

April 02, 2014
How is the SAT Scored?

The SAT is a standardized exam utilized by the majority of colleges and universities to assist in admissions decisions. Because the test is standardized, schools can roughly compare the abilities of all applicants based on their SAT results. A prospective student’s overall SAT score is the combination of results earned in three categories—Critical Reading, Math, and Writing. Scores currently range from 600-2400, though the SAT will return to a scale of 1600 in the spring of 2016, when the College Board releases its revision of the exam. View our past post for section-specific changes.  How is my score calculated? Final ... Read More About How is the SAT Scored?

How LSAC Calculates Your GPA

April 01, 2014
How LSAC Calculates Your GPA

The Law School Admission Council (LSAC) calculates your likelihood of attending law school by examining your LSAT scores and your undergraduate GPA. There are a number of websites that allow you to enter your GPA into their virtual calculators. While each law school typically does not adhere to a strict minimum for LSAT results and GPAs, there are general thresholds that programs desire. Your testing date, professional experience, and ethnicity are not taken into consideration when determining your personal index score. How is my LSAC GPA determined? The official LSAC GPA calculator provides applicants with an estimated score for their admis ... Read More About How LSAC Calculates Your GPA

ACT Science Tips

March 31, 2014
ACT Science Tips

Are you concerned about ACT Science? Even if you are not strong in the scientific areas assessed – biology, chemistry, Earth/space sciences, and physics – you can still perform well on this section. The ACT primarily measures your ability to reason scientifically, not your recall of concepts. Here are several tips for the Science section: 1.    Write on the exam The majority of questions involve reading lengthy passages or viewpoints, and the involved information can be dense. Underline or circle key terms that are frequently utilized, and mark key points. Writing on the test has two purposes: it keeps your mind ac ... Read More About ACT Science Tips

Should I Go To Tulane University?

March 30, 2014
Should I Go To Tulane University?

The tutors behind Varsity Tutors are not just here to teach – they’re sharing their college experiences as well. Justin is a Boston tutor specializing in all levels of Spanish. He is a graduate of Tulane University with a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Philosophy. 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? Justin: New Orleans has a strong streetcar / bus system. A car is not essential, but if you want to move around quickly, it definitely helps. Otherwise, if you are not in a huge ... Read More About Should I Go To Tulane University?

A Day in the Life at The University of Chicago

March 29, 2014
A Day in the Life at The University of Chicago

The tutors behind Varsity Tutors are not just here to teach – they’re sharing their college experiences as well. Jonathan is a Los Angeles tutor specializing in SAT prep, History, AP English, and more. He is a 2013 graduate of The University of Chicago with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science. 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? Jonathan: The University of Chicago is located in the Hyde Park neighborhood on the South Side of the city of Chicago, about a 10-minute walk awa ... Read More About A Day in the Life at The University of Chicago