Category Archives: Standardized Testing Prep.

Watching students conquer standardized tests

Even after one has tutored for several years, it’s still exciting to see students’ scores rise! Just had a Next Step client go from high 20s to a 36 on the MCAT; albeit that it was her dedication more so … Continue reading

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What’s the Next Step?

Doing my best to thoroughly analyze MCAT Verbal Reasoning and Biological Sciences passages in anticipation of a big teaching interview tomorrow. Though I’ve, by now, been through similar content at least a thousand times, I’m preparing in advance for tomorrow, and … Continue reading

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Improving sentences – tips, examples, and explanations

When examined in the context of the entirety of the test, the “Improving Sentences” portion may seem significantly less daunting than it does at present.  I’m tempted to entirely ignore it and proceed to “Improving Paragraphs”; perhaps that will be … Continue reading

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Improving your vocabulary – more S.A.T. preparation

As I mentioned yesterday, I will be attempting to provide some S.A.T.-related aid in my next few posts. This, the second post, is something of a meager etymology dictionary; it stems from a friend’s having asked me to “dissect” some words in the spirit of exposing their Latin and Greek origins. Continue reading

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Identifying sentence errors – tips, examples, and explanations

S.A.T. Writing consists of four components: improving sentences, identifying sentence errors, improving paragraphs, and writing an essay. Let’s synthesize a logical order and begin with the identifying of sentence errors. When we are able to effectively recognize problems with usage, … Continue reading

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The S.A.T. – I’m going to attempt to be of help

Nota bene: This is an introduction to the test and to my attempt to aid anyone interested. For substance, please proceed to my more recent post. The S.A.T., unsurprisingly, is a standardized test; it is taken by many an eleventh … Continue reading

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