What is an Average ACT Score?

What is an Average ACT Score?

Let’s face it—preparing your college applications can be very stressful. Once you move past the excitement of investigating schools and envisioning your future career and increased independence, there is the reality of admissions essays, letters of recommendation, and, of course, SAT and/or ACT scores. Historically, standardized test scores have provided college admissions officials with a means of narrowing their list of applicants. In recent years, however, a growing number of schools have placed increasing emphasis on other aspects of college applications, like your grade point average (GPA) and personal statement. Certain inst ... Read More About What is an Average ACT Score?

5 Things You'll Learn in Junior Year of High School

5 Things You'll Learn in Junior Year of High School

Junior year is when you officially become an upperclassman—and if you haven’t already, start thinking about post-high school plans. It can be a whirlwind of activities, academic and otherwise, simultaneously enjoying the second half of high school all the while prepping yourself for the future. Here are five things you’ll learn more about in your junior year of high school. 1. College application prep Junior year is when you’ll hone in on potential colleges. Take some time this year to research potential college websites, and if you have time and the means, visit the campuses themselves. Spring break during your junio ... Read More About 5 Things You'll Learn in Junior Year of High School

Should I Go To George Washington University?

Should I Go To George Washington University?

The tutors behind Varsity Tutors are not just here to teach—they’re sharing their college experiences as well. Alyson is a Miami tutor and 2012 graduate of George Washington University. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and tutors several subjects, including psychology tutoring, reading tutoring, and science tutoring. Check out what Alyson had to say about her time at George Washington University: Describe the campus setting and transportation options. Alyson: George Washington University is a great school for a balance between college and city life. The campus is located right in the heart of Washington, D.C., ju ... Read More About Should I Go To George Washington University?

What Does SAT Stand For?

What Does SAT Stand For?

Over its 90 years in existence, the SAT’s meaning has changed in a number of meaningful ways. Perhaps you have wondered, “What does ‘SAT’ stand for?” Originally, “SAT” stood for Scholastic Aptitude Test, and it was designed as an assessment that evaluated a given student’s college-specific skills. In 1993, the College Board renamed the SAT to stand for “Scholastic Assessment Test,” to better reflect the fact that it does not measure innate intelligence—in fact, the name change came about to “correct the impression among some people that the SAT measures something that is i ... Read More About What Does SAT Stand For?

What I Wish I Knew Before My First College Class

What I Wish I Knew Before My First College Class

The following is a guest post written by Tiffany Sorensen, a tutor and contributing writer with Varsity Tutors. College differs from high school in a plethora of ways, and the transition can be brutal at times. But there is good news: you can learn from the mistakes of those who have already gone through it! To ensure a promising start to college, always go to class prepared and respect your professor’s rules. Here are three things I wish I knew before my first college class: [RELATED: A Day in the Life of a Medical Student] 1. I should arrive with the course syllabus A word to the wise: bring along a copy of the syllabus on your fir ... Read More About What I Wish I Knew Before My First College Class