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About Mahlena-Rae Johnson

Mahlena graduated from Loyola Marymount and received her MBA from USC with a focus on Marketing, Entertainment, and Entrepreneurship. Her specialty lies in graduate level test prep and is also a regular contributor to the LA Tutors blog.

Important GMAT Test Dates for 2017

The GMAT is administered year-round at hundreds of locations around the world. So, unlike other standardized tests, you can take it at almost any time, in the morning and afternoon. However, 2017 GMAT test dates and times will fill up quickly, especially as MBA admissions season ramps up again. As with the rest of your [...]

What is the CHSPE? And Should My Kid Take It?

What is the CHSPE? What is the CHSPE? Is it the same the GED? Will I still need to finish high school? When can I take the CHSPE? Students and parents can easily get confused about what this test entails, why they should take it, and when they can take it. Let’s look at some [...]

By | 2017-05-22T07:10:36+00:00 January 25th, 2016|CHSPE, High School|0 Comments

How Far in Advance Should I Study for the ACT?

When Should I Study? Three weeks? Three months? A year? What amount of time is long enough to study for the ACT? Like most questions dealing with the ACT, the answers vary according to your situation. Different students need different plans based on their skill levels, educational goals, and time available. Here are four steps [...]

By | 2017-05-22T07:10:36+00:00 January 19th, 2016|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Can the ACT Aspire Predict Your ACT Score?

ACT Aspire The ACT or the ACT Aspire? Are they the same exam? If not, which test are you supposed to take and when? How do you get a good score? Which one will get you into college? Let’s explore the relationship between the ACT and the ACT Aspire to resolve the confusion about these [...]

By | 2017-05-22T07:10:36+00:00 December 29th, 2015|ACT, College Admissions|1 Comment

3 Skills Tested on the New 2016 SAT

NEW 2016 SAT The new SAT will start in March 2016. This test will include more real world problems that relate to what you have learned in high school and what you will apply in college. There is no longer a penalty for wrong answers. Also, the total score will again be out of 1600, [...]

By | 2017-05-22T07:10:36+00:00 December 15th, 2015|College Admissions, SAT, SAT Tips, Test Prep|0 Comments

Important GMAT Test Dates for 2016

2016 Test Dates The GMAT is administered year-round, so, unlike other standardized tests, you can take it at almost any time. However, test dates and times fill up quickly, especially during MBA admissions season. As with the rest of your business school application, planning ahead of time is key. Here are three timelines for [...]

By | 2017-05-22T07:10:36+00:00 November 25th, 2015|GMAT, GMAT Tips, Graduate School Admissions|0 Comments

Should you apply to B-school Round 3 or next year?

B-School Apps For many business schools, Round 3 is the most competitive cycle for applications, meaning, there are many applicants and few available seats. At top full-time programs, the majority of acceptances happen in Round 1 or Round 2. So, if you haven’t submitted your application in the first two rounds, then when should [...]

By | 2017-05-22T07:10:37+00:00 November 16th, 2015|GMAT, GMAT Tips, Graduate School Admissions, GRE, GRE Tips|0 Comments

The New ACT Writing Test (2015)

The NEW ACT Writing In September 2015, the ACT introduced a new writing test on the exam. Now 40 minutes long instead of 30 minutes long, the new ACT writing test measures your skill in composing a persuasive essay in which you analyze a complex prompt. The essay is scored from 1 to 36, [...]

By | 2017-05-22T07:10:37+00:00 November 2nd, 2015|ACT, College Admissions|0 Comments

How to get a perfect score on the ACT!

How to get a 36 on your ACT! Over one million students take the ACT every year. On average, less than one-tenth of one percent of these students earn a perfect score on the exam. So how can you score a 36 on the ACT? It’s not impossible to get a perfect score, but [...]

By | 2017-05-22T07:10:37+00:00 October 14th, 2015|ACT, College Admissions|1 Comment

What is a good GPA?

Is my GPA good? 3.0? 4.0? 5.0? Your grade point average is only one part of your college application. However, combined with a transcript detailing your high school coursework, this weighted or unweighted number tells an important story to college admissions committees. Your GPA suggests how well you will perform in college, based on [...]

By | 2017-05-22T07:10:37+00:00 September 23rd, 2015|College Admissions|0 Comments