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Does Test Anxiety Have You Worried Sick?

Posted by Karen Nichols

Aug 23, 2016 7:00:00 AM

Between 10 percent and 40 percent of students experience some level of test anxiety. For some, such anxiety amounts to a mild case of jittery nerves; for others, it can be debilitating. Symptoms can include sweaty palms, racing heart, tight chest, and nausea. Of course, such extreme reactions can negatively affect the student’s performance on an exam.

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Topics: ACT test, SAT test, test prep, test anxiety, PSAT, act prep, sat prep


Want to Improve Your ACT and SAT Test Scores? Get Better Sleep

Posted by Karen Nichols

Nov 10, 2015 10:34:33 AM

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Did you know that, as a teenager, you need eight to ten hours of sleep a night in order to function at your mental and physical best? Yet, according to the National Sleep Foundation, only 15% of teens get at least 8.5 hours of sleep on school nights. Read on to learn how you can get some more solid shut-eye.

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Topics: ACT test, SAT test, test prep, study habits


Test Prep: Top 10 Mistakes Students Make on ACT/SAT Test Day

Posted by Julia Wasson

Nov 18, 2014 11:17:00 AM

Avoiding needless mistakes on college entrance exams may seem like common sense. Even experienced test takers, however, may make several typical errors when taking their college entrance exams. Ensure your teen is aware of the following 10 testing roadblocks before entering the testing room:
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Topics: college entrance exams, test prep


Will College Test Prep Be Effective for My Teen?

Posted by Julia Wasson

Nov 11, 2014 9:05:00 AM

As your student starts preparing for college entrance exams, you might be wondering about the effectiveness of ACT and SAT test prep services. Test prep takes time and costs money. You want to ensure your investment in test prep isn’t spent on only reviewing what your child has already learned in the classroom.
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Topics: college entrance exams, test prep, preparing for college


A Critical Key to Boosting PSAT/SAT or ACT Scores: More Sleep

Posted by Julia Wasson

Sep 23, 2014 6:33:00 AM

Did you know that teenagers should be getting at least nine hours of sleep a night in order to function at their mental and physical best?

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Topics: college entrance exams, test prep


PSAT/SAT Test Prep Tips for Critical Reading, Writing, and Math

Posted by Julia Wasson

Sep 16, 2014 10:43:00 AM

The SAT test is a college entrance exam that allows students to show schools what they know and how well they apply their knowledge in three main subject areas: critical reading, math, and writing. The PSAT test is also known as the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. The PSAT also assesses students’ skills in these same academic areas.

High school sophomores must take the PSAT in the fall in order to qualify for the National Merit scholarships as well as to practice for the SAT. The PSAT lasts 2 hours and 10 minutes; it does not include an essay.

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Topics: SAT test, college entrance exams, test prep


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