Summer's Over: It's Time to Get Serious About Studying Again

No matter what year you are in high school, if you're anything like my students, now is the time for a wake-up call: summer vacation is's time to get serious about testing and the college process again! I'm breaking down the year ahead for every grade level!

National Merit Scholar Finalist? Now you can validate your score with the ACT!

If you’re a finalist for the National Merit Scholarship Program, you used to have the SAT forced on you. But big news: you can now validate your qualifying PSAT score with an ACT score! Let me explain how that impacts the testing decisions of high-achieving students.

What's New On The Common App 2019-2020

The Common App makes changes every year—some big, some small. This year, several of those changes affect user experience. Let me fill you in on what’s changing for the 2019-2020 application year and what’s staying the same—and then I’ll walk you through the Common App step by step!

"Should I Cancel My SAT or ACT Score?"

There are new and helpful options for how to cancel your SAT or ACT score. But don’t get carried away, because there’s a really important question you should ask yourself before you take advantage of them: SHOULD you cancel your score? Let me walk you through the decision the way I’ve helped my students tackle it.

What's the SAT Adversity Score?

If you follow testing and college-process news, you may have heard of the SAT’s new “Adversity Score.” But what is it, really? And how will it affect YOUR testing strategy? I’m breaking it down for you.

Baby Algebra Upgrade: How Many Solutions Does A System Of Linear Equations Have?

We’ve covered a lot of ground in this Baby Algebra series! Now that you’re working with linear equations and systems of linear equations, I’m going to teach you a little shortcut to solving—or even skip having to solve!—some of the problems the SAT will throw at you on this topic.

Baby Algebra Upgrade: How To Recognize Systems of Linear Equations

You might not know the math you think you know! This week, in my series teaching you to beat the SAT math paradox, I’m showing you how to recognize systems of linear equations…even in disguise. If you can spot these subtle systems, you can solve problems quickly and easily that might otherwise have stumped you.

Baby Algebra Upgrade: How To Recognize (And Actually Understand) A Linear Equation

In the first post of my new series upgrading your baby Algebra skills to the level that will let you snag all the points available on the SAT, we’re covering the foundation: what are linear equations, anyway, and what do they actually mean? Need answers? Read on!

The Math Paradox: Why The Easiest Math On The SAT and ACT Is The Hardest

There’s this paradox I’ve noticed: it’s never the hardest math that stands between my students and the scores they need to get into their dream schools. As strange as it might sound…it’s usually the EASIEST math. Why, and what can YOU do to prevent this math paradox from hurting your score? In this post, I’m explaining how to level up your “baby Algebra” with the help of my new series.

How To Answer A “Big Picture” Reading Question On The ACT Or SAT

Both the SAT and ACT ask these “big picture” reading questions, so lots of tutors and test prep companies try to prepare you to answer them. In this post, I’m reviewing the strategies that you’ve probably heard before…and sharing the simple and effective one that works for my students, which I bet you haven’t!

This New Year's Ritual Will Get You Into College

A new year is a chance to pause, take stock, and course correct as you proceed joyfully towards your goals. This little New Year’s ritual offers you questions to ask yourself and words to take to heart—all designed to help you realize your college process goals, no matter where you are in that process right now.