How is the SSAT Scored?

How is the SSAT Scored?

The SSAT, or Secondary School Admission Test, is offered at three levels for students in grades 3-11. All three exams – Elementary (3-4), Middle (5-7), and Upper (8-11) – are held on eight “standard” Saturdays per year, as well as a number of “flex” dates. The test measures quantitative, reading, and verbal skills. It also emphasizes critical thinking and problem-solving above memorization. Score reports are distributed with an overall and per section scaled mark, norm groups (or percentiles), and a copy of your essay. What is a norm group? The SSAT is highly competitive, with norm groups composed of all i ... Read More About How is the SSAT Scored?

What is it Like to Attend Vassar College?

What is it Like to Attend Vassar College?

The tutors behind Varsity Tutors are not just here to teach – they’re sharing their college experiences as well. Logan is a New York City tutor specializing in SAT prep, History, Algebra, and more. He graduated from Vassar College in 2012 with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science. See what he had to say about his undergraduate years:  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? Logan: Vassar is located in Poughkeepsie, which is a medium-sized town in Dutchess County, NY, about an hour and a half north of the city. ... Read More About What is it Like to Attend Vassar College?

A Day in the Life at Stanford University

A Day in the Life at Stanford University

The tutors behind Varsity Tutors are not just here to teach – they’re sharing their college experiences as well. Kenneth is a New York City tutor specializing in Calculus, Algebra, Geometry, and more. He is a graduate of Stanford University with a Bachelor’s degree in Physics. 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?  Kenneth: The campus is absolutely beautiful, and between the Spanish architecture and the immaculately maintained gardens and other green spaces, any walk f ... Read More About A Day in the Life at Stanford University

Exploring the Medical School Myth

Exploring the Medical School Myth

By Michelle Finkel, MD 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. Those of you who have faithfully followed my Varsity Tutors blog entries know that we’ve covered a lot of application topics including letters of recommendation, personal statements, interview tips, and more. Please check out those entries if you are interested in professional help on any of those topics. Today I’m going to switch gears a bit t ... Read More About Exploring the Medical School Myth

How is the GMAT Scored?

How is the GMAT Scored?

Score reports The GMAT consists of four unique sections: Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, Analytical Writing, and Integrated Reasoning, each of which is graded separately. The score report also includes a total scaled score from 200-800. For the multiple-choice quantitative and verbal portions, the GMAT creates a scaled score, instead of a raw result, as the test is a computer analytical experience. If you answer a question correctly, the next problem will be more difficult, but if you are incorrect, the next one will be simpler. Therefore, each scaled score includes the number of problems answered correctly and their statistical nume ... Read More About How is the GMAT Scored?