Official SAT Changes for 2016 Announced

Official SAT Changes for 2016 Announced

On March 5, 2014, The College Board officially announced the multiple changes it will make to its well-known college entrance exam, the SAT. First discussed in 2013 (and the first large-scale revision since 2005), these changes will modernize the SAT and intend to improve its ability to accurately evaluate students’ readiness for higher education. The adjustments will affect both content and the required skills to score well, though the test’s general format of three sections will remain. (Note, however, that what constitutes each portion will differ.) For a specific treatment of each section’s revisions, see below.  &n ... Read More About Official SAT Changes for 2016 Announced

How is the GRE Scored?

How is the GRE Scored?

In 2011, the Educational Testing Service (ETS) revised the GRE (Graduate Record Examinations) exam. In addition to modifying the test structure and the types of questions utilized, the scoring scale was also revised. Previously, test-takers received marks between 200-800 on the Quantitative Reasoning and Verbal Reasoning sections and between 0-6 on the Analytical Writing component. While Analytical Writing remains the same, the new system is as follows:  Quantitative Reasoning: 130-170, one-point increments Verbal Reasoning: 130-170, one-point increments Analytical Writing: 0-6, 0.5-point increments On both the Quantitative Reasoning ... Read More About How is the GRE Scored?

ACT Reading Tips

ACT Reading Tips

The Reading section on the ACT can certainly seem daunting – there are long passages to comprehend, as well as complex questions to answer. Often, the selections will be about a subject or topic you are unfamiliar with, which can be frustrating. However, the ACT does not test your knowledge of content, but instead your skills in identifying point of view, the meaning of specific words, and the main ideas of the passage, among other things. Here are several tips for increasing your score on the Reading portion.  1.    Skim first As you will surely reread the passage in order to answer the questions, skim the selectio ... Read More About ACT Reading Tips

How is the MCAT Scored?

How is the MCAT Scored?

An MCAT score report consists of three portions: Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, and Verbal Reasoning. These sections are marked on a scale of 1-15, for a total of 45. In 2013, the average applicant scored a 28.4 overall, while the average matriculant (accepted student) earned a 31.3. An explanation of what each result means in regard to percentiles can be found here. It is important to note that the examination is not curved against others who sit for the same assessment. The AAMC utilizes a formula, which is not public, to project the percentage of test-takers who will answer a question correctly. They then assign numerical ranges t ... Read More About How is the MCAT Scored?

Should I Go To Boston University?

Should I Go To Boston University?

The tutors behind Varsity Tutors are not just here to teach – they’re sharing their college experiences as well. Jason is a 2013 graduate of Boston University with a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology. He is a Chicago tutor specializing in numerous levels of Biology and Calculus. 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? Jason: Boston University (BU) has a very safe campus. The majority of the campus runs along a two-mile stretch of Commonwealth Avenue, v ... Read More About Should I Go To Boston University?