Test Prep

6 Expert Study Tips for Your AP Exams

Every year, millions of students take AP exams at the beginning of May. While the majority of them pass, published AP scores by the College Board reveal that a significant percentage—in some cases, almost half of all test takers—do not. How do you make sure you’re in the group of students who gets maximum credit [...]

By |2019-04-12T10:19:52+00:00April 12th, 2019|Test Prep|0 Comments

Free and Low Cost Resources for Raising Your SAT and ACT Scores

In the wake of the college admissions scandal involving the Key World Wide Foundation and dozens of parents who resorted to bribery as a means of raising their children’s test scores and securing admission to universities I, along with the entire team at LA Tutors, feel called to say: there are so many ethical and [...]

By |2019-04-12T09:54:56+00:00March 15th, 2019|ACT, College Admissions, Practice Tests, PSAT, SAT, SAT Tips, Test Prep|0 Comments

But We Never Learned This! Math Concepts on the ISEE You Probably Haven’t Learned Yet in School (Part 2)

Below you'll find a detailed breakdown of concepts and material for each level of the ISEE(along with handy sample problems and solutions) that students may not have encountered yet during their normal schooling. Lower-Level ISEE On the lower-level test, a fourth or fifth-grader can expect to see these concepts from the fifth-grade curriculum, which might [...]

But We Never Learned This! Math Concepts on the ISEE You Probably Haven’t Learned Yet in School (Part 1)

“Help! I never learned this!” is a common reaction of students taking an ISEE diagnostic test for the first time, and for good reason. Unless they’re working a couple of years above grade-level, most students (before test preparation) will encounter math concepts and types of problems on the test they have never seen before. The [...]

Building Vocabulary Skills for Life

Last month, I discussed the importance of building good reading skills and habits. Another important way to “prepare early” for tests and improve general academic performance is to build vocabulary skills. A strong vocabulary is a huge help on virtually any standardized test. Some tests, including the ISEE and the GRE, directly test vocabulary knowledge. [...]

By |2018-05-30T16:41:45+00:00June 8th, 2018|HSPT, ISEE, Test Prep|0 Comments

Building Reading Habits for Life

As a test tutor, I sometimes encounter parents who want to start preparing their students early for tests like the ISEE and SAT. While students should learn some test-taking skills and strategies, my best advice to those who want to “prepare early” is to spend more time reading. Reading comprehension shows up on almost every [...]

By |2018-05-11T09:41:10+00:00May 11th, 2018|ISEE, Test Prep|0 Comments

How to Determine Your Target SAT/ACT Score

Though it’s tempting to simply say you want to score “as high as possible” on your college admissions exam, a target score will help you determine how much of your limited time and energy you devote to test preparations. So how should you determine you target score? There are several factors to consider: 1) What [...]

By |2018-05-01T13:08:41+00:00April 27th, 2018|ACT, College Admissions, SAT, Test Prep|0 Comments

How to Get the Most Out of a Ten Hour Tutoring Package

Families consider many factors when choosing a tutoring package: time commitment, availability, the test date for test prep, and finances. For some families, a ten-hour tutoring package is the best choice, even when a lot of material needs to be covered. The good news is that you can make significant progress with just ten hours [...]

By |2017-11-21T17:47:31+00:00December 22nd, 2017|High School, Test Prep|1 Comment

Should You Guess on Standardized Tests?

Yes, you should (probably) guess! Now that the New SAT, PSAT, and AP tests have abolished their guessing penalties, the short answer is “yes.” The long answer is still what it was before: it depends on the test. Very few tests today, however, penalize random guesses. A notable exception is the SSAT, a test required [...]

By |2017-11-21T17:37:55+00:00December 8th, 2017|HSPT, ISEE, PSAT, SAT, SAT Tips, SSAT, Test Prep|0 Comments

Why One-on-One Tutoring?

Proven Effectiveness Numerous studies show that one-on-one tutoring by a highly qualified tutor is one of the most effective ways to increase grades, academic achievement, and test scores. It has also been proven to improve student attitudes about school, especially for the subjects in which a student is struggling. Individualized Instruction A private tutor hones [...]

By |2017-11-03T09:56:30+00:00October 20th, 2017|High School, Test Prep|0 Comments