VARSITY ADMISSIONS AN EDUCATION BLOG

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?

A Student Review of Cornell University

March 15, 2014
A Student Review of Cornell University

The tutors behind Varsity Tutors are not just here to teach – they’re sharing their college experiences as well. Michael is a New York City tutor specializing in SAT/ACT prep, SSAT prep, Algebra, and more. He graduated from Cornell University in 2013 with a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development. 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? Michael: All freshmen and transfer students are given a free bus pass for their first year at Cornell, which really comes in handy! I bought ... Read More About A Student Review of Cornell University

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

March 13, 2014
A 10 Step Guide to the High School Junior's Spring

Junior year is a crucial period in your high school career. Many students name it as the hardest stretch of months to weather, but with appropriate preparation and a sense of the path ahead, it likewise rewards those students who truly apply themselves. Here are 10 things you must do this spring to ensure your success:  1. Commit to your schoolwork Your junior-year grades hold great importance in the college application process. Aim to excel, as they are the most recent complete record of your success in academia (as opposed to partial senior-year reports). They may affect your chances of admission and your likelihood of receiving finan ... Read More About A 10 Step Guide to the High School Junior's Spring

What to Know About Making the Right Impression On Private Schools

March 12, 2014
What to Know About Making the Right Impression On Private Schools

The following piece was written by Liz Perelstein. Liz has been featured in our Admissions Expert series and is the Founder of School Choice International. For many families, myths surrounding private school admissions make the application process daunting, at the very least. Often, these focus on “how to get in," but secondhand tips may contradict what admissions officers really look for in a candidate. Myth: You need to “know someone,” a high-level contact or someone currently attending the school, in order to “get in.”  Reality: In some schools in certain locations, high-level connec ... Read More About What to Know About Making the Right Impression On Private Schools