How is the PLAN Scored?

How is the PLAN Scored?

Consider the PLAN the PSAT for the ACT. Completed in 10th grade, the PLAN enables students to gain firsthand experience with the ACT. Test results range from 1 (lowest) to 32 (highest), with subsections in English and Mathematics marked from 1 to 16. Score reports include an estimated ACT result, as well as information about which skills are strengths and which are weaknesses. What is on the test? The test includes English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science portions. The English section addresses both Usage/Mechanics and Rhetorical Skills, while the Mathematics section focuses on Pre-Algebra through Geometry. The exam allows for 115 minutes ... Read More About How is the PLAN Scored?

An Insider's Guide to Selecting Your Medical Specialty

An Insider's Guide to Selecting Your Medical Specialty

Insider Medical Admissions The following piece was written by Dr. Michelle Finkel. Michelle has been featured in our Admissions Expert series and is a former Harvard Medical School faculty member. She is the founder of Insider Medical Admissions. Getting into medical school is the first step in a long, satisfying, and challenging medical career. Those readers interested in application tips, including letters of recommendation, personal statements, and interview help, should check out my previous Varsity Tutors blog entries for professional advice. Today, I’m going to look forward to your career in medical school and ... Read More About An Insider's Guide to Selecting Your Medical Specialty

A Test Prep Timeline for AP Exams

A Test Prep Timeline for AP Exams

In 2014, the College Board Advanced Placement exams will take place during the first two weeks of May. It is a wise idea to determine your test date well ahead of time so you can begin preparing. However, as the majority of students enroll in an AP class prior to an AP exam, you may have begun your review in September. As the actual test date approaches, you will need to extend your preparations far beyond your required coursework if you hope to earn a high score. Week One Ideally, your preparation for your AP test should begin one and a half months before the actual exam. For the first week of preparation, focus on gathering together all of ... Read More About A Test Prep Timeline for AP Exams

A Day in the Life at University of Missouri

A Day in the Life at University of Missouri

The tutors behind Varsity Tutors are not just here to teach – they’re sharing their college experiences as well. Grant is a New York City tutor specializing in AP English, History, all levels of French, and more. He graduated from University of Missouri in 2009 with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics. See what he had to say about 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? Grant: Columbia, Missouri is a safe college town, with about 89,000 permanent residents and another 36,000 students split between two ... Read More About A Day in the Life at University of Missouri

What is it Like to Attend Boston College?

What is it Like to Attend Boston College?

The tutors behind Varsity Tutors are not just here to teach – they’re sharing their college experiences as well. Lisa is a New York City tutor specializing in French, LSAT prep, Essay Editing, and more. She graduated from Boston College in 2009 with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications. 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? Lisa: Boston College (BC) is located in Chestnut Hill, a suburb of Boston. The campus is gorgeous and is in close proximity to downtown Boston; there is a T sto ... Read More About What is it Like to Attend Boston College?