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Do PSAT Scores Matter?

Do PSAT Scores Matter?

High school students often spend a significant amount of time preparing for the SAT, an exam that plays an important role in college admissions. Often, a part of students’ prep includes taking the PSAT—a shorter version of the SAT, typically taken by high school sophomores and juniors. Administered by the College Board in October, the PSAT gives students a taste of the college entrance exam experience, without the high stakes of scores affecting college admissions. While a student’s PSAT score can’t help or hurt college opportunities like an SAT score can, a good performance on the PSAT is important in other ways. PSA ... Read More About Do PSAT Scores Matter?

Is the SAT Essay Required?

Is the SAT Essay Required?

Typically, a portion of SAT prep time is dedicated to success on the essay section. As of late, however, a large number of schools are making the SAT essay optional to applicants. Ivy League schools including Brown, Harvard, and Yale are no longer requiring students to sit for the essay section of the exam. This begs the question, what does this mean for you? Is the SAT essay really required? When examining the requirement behind the SAT essay, it’s important to understand the SAT essay basics, the benefits and drawbacks of taking the essay, and how recent changes apply to you.   Looking to gain a deeper understanding of the S ... Read More About Is the SAT Essay Required?

What to Know About the Biology E/M SAT Subject Test

What to Know About the Biology E/M SAT Subject Test

While many high school students take the SAT, not all take SAT subject tests. SAT subject tests pose many benefits to students seeking college admission. These exams are a great way of showing college admissions counselors that you’re interested in at least one specific academic area. Two popular SAT subject tests are Biology Ecological (E) and Biology Molecular (M). Each of these tests assesses how well you understand important biology principles taught in high school. If you’re interested and knowledgeable about biological communities, populations, and the flow of energy throughout the environment, the Biology-E test might be ri ... Read More About What to Know About the Biology E/M SAT Subject Test

Keep Calm and Study On—How to Avoid Homework Meltdowns This School Year

Keep Calm and Study On—How to Avoid Homework Meltdowns This School Year

It’s that time of year again—students are swapping their video games for textbooks and their  swimsuits for classroom attire. School is in session. While you can equip your child with back-to-school supplies like notebooks, pencils, and a backpack, it’s much harder to prepare for the looming threat of homework meltdowns. Last-minute study sessions and seemingly impossible homework problems can get the best of all of us—parents and students alike. At Varsity Tutors, we’re here to help make the school year more manageable. Our Live Learning Platform is accessible via mobile devices like smartphones and tablet ... Read More About Keep Calm and Study On—How to Avoid Homework Meltdowns This School Year

What are AP Through-Course Assessments?

What are AP Through-Course Assessments?

Students enrolled in AP courses face an end-of-course assessment, testing students’ cumulative knowledge in a specific AP subject area. AP scores, however, are not only dependent on how well you do on your final AP exam. In some cases, they also consist of through-course assessments. If you are enrolled in an AP course, it’s important to understand all of the elements that will make up your AP score. So what are AP through-course assessments? Keep reading to learn more, including two examples from AP Seminar. The basics of AP through-course assessments Through-course assessments are tasks that students complete during the year ( ... Read More About What are AP Through-Course Assessments?

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