arash

Arash has been a professional in the educational field for over 10 years. He started his teaching career as an SAT instructor in 2003, while receiving a graduate degree in applied mathematics and computer science from the University of California, Los Angeles. He now uses his expertise to manage the day-to-day operations of LA Tutors and also regularly contributes to the LA Tutors blog.

The GRE Verbal Section Overview

Verbal Reasoning Tips! According to the ETS Web site, the Verbal Reasoning section of the GRE General Test “measures your ability to analyze and evaluate written material and synthesize information obtained from it, analyze relationships among component parts of sentences and recognize relationships among words and concepts.” To put it [...]

By |2017-05-22T07:10:37+00:00August 18th, 2014|GRE, GRE Tips, Test Prep|0 Comments

The GRE Quantitative Section Overview

Quantitative Reasoning Tips! According to the ETS Web site, the Quantitative Reasoning section of the GRE General Test measures “problem-solving ability, focusing on basic concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and data analysis.” What doesn’t it test? This is not a test geared towards math majors; the actual math on the test is [...]

By |2017-05-22T07:10:37+00:00August 12th, 2014|GRE, GRE Tips, Test Prep|1 Comment

The ISEE vs. the SSAT

ISEE Or SSAT? Most independent schools require a standardized test as part of the admissions process, usually the ISEE or the SSAT. Many parents and students ask the question: What’s the difference? Before pondering the question too much, it’s important to check if the school(s) to which you are applying [...]

By |2017-05-22T07:10:37+00:00July 17th, 2014|ISEE, SSAT, Test Prep|1 Comment

Introduction to the ISEE

A Brief Introduction to the ISEE What is the ISEE? The ISEE is a test required as part of the application to many independent schools. It is administered by the Educational Records Bureau. How much does it “count”? The test is one factor in the school’s admissions process, but some [...]

By |2017-05-22T07:10:37+00:00July 8th, 2014|ISEE, SSAT, Test Prep|1 Comment

Speedwriting 101: Tackling the SAT Essay

Tackling the SAT Essay The SAT essay measures your ability to develop a point of view on an issue presented in an excerpt support your point of view using reasoning and examples from your reading, studies, experience, or observations follow the conventions of standard written English If you look at [...]

By |2017-05-22T07:10:37+00:00July 3rd, 2014|ACT, College Admissions, SAT, Test Prep|1 Comment

Who’s Afraid of the SAT Essay? (Part II)

Who’s Afraid of the SAT Essay? (Part II) Every few months, the College Board conducts research to evaluate the validity and predictive quality of its tests, ostensibly to convince colleges and universities that the SAT is a unique predictor of college readiness.  In Part I of this blog, we talked [...]

Who’s Afraid of the SAT Essay?

Writing the SAT essay seems to be a daunting experience for some students, even if they have consistently aced every other section of the test. Judging from our own SAT tutoring experience with a wide range of students, there seem to be three reasons for students’ anxieties regarding the Essay:       Anxiety 1: [...]

By |2018-02-01T16:27:50+00:00June 16th, 2014|College Admissions, High School, SAT, SAT Tips, Test Prep|2 Comments

Is the SAT an Accurate Predictor of College Success?

SAT vs. ACT (credit: New York Times) Before we answer this question, let’s look at the SAT testing landscape: 1) In 2012, 1,664,479 students took the SAT, a 66% increase from 1986. 2) During the same period, 1,666,017 students took the ACT, a 128% increase from 1986. 3) According to [...]