A Hidden Hurdle for International Students

The Hidden Hurdle Standardized tests are rigorously designed in an attempt to be impartial, but bias sneaks in. For international students cultural bias is a hidden hurdle. It isn’t insurmountable, but it does affect performance. The problem is two-fold: generational and cultural. Generational bias creeps in because the test makers are of a certain age…

Review: The Ultimate Guide to SAT Grammar

The Ultimate Guide to SAT Grammar (4th Edition) by Erica L. Meltzer This is a revised, updated, and expanded version of the popular study guide that was released last year for the new SAT. If you already have the 3rd edition, it probably isn’t necessary to buy the 4th; however, if you are looking to…

Review: SAT Vocabulary: A New Approach

Title: SAT Vocabulary: A New Approach By Larry Krieger and Erica L. Meltzer Just so we are clear.  You do need to know vocabulary for the newest iteration of the SAT. Yes, yes, I know the man promised you no more “obscure” words, but darlings…the vocabulary used on the SAT is not obscure. It is…

Review: The College Panda’s SAT Writing

Title: The College Panda’s SAT Writing: Advanced Guide and Workbook for the New SAT By Nielson Phu 286 Pages I have completed this book cover to cover, and overall it is an excellent break down of the SAT’s Writing & Language section. The book organizes grammar concepts based on usage on the test and provides…

Review: The Ultimate Guide to SAT Grammar

The Ultimate Guide to SAT Grammar (3rd edition) by Erica L. Meltzer The Writing & Language portion of the SAT is different from the Grammar section of the old SAT in one important way. The Writing & Language section leans heavily on STYLE.  Style is a tricky animal because it often depends on unspoken rules…

Review: The Harvard Tutor’s College Essay Handbook

The Harvard Tutor’s College Essay Handbook: A step-by-step Guide for the Non-Writer   by Katerina Manoff **Available only as a Kindle Download Harvard Tutor’s College Essay Handbook Do we really need another book about writing College Essays? Actually, yes we do because the majority of books deliver vague advice and present essay examples that lead…

Review: Barron’s 1600

Okay, let’s start with the premise that there is something different about some students, and these students want to score 1600 on the SAT. The rest of the students? Nah. They don’t care. They are disinterested. They couldn’t possibly benefit from the “secrets” that can only be revealed to the super-special 1600 club. That is,…

Reading List: Science Passages from the SAT

I have been working on a guide to help students improve their Reading Skills, and when making lists of things students should read, I realized that a list of the passages used by the SAT in one place might be helpful. So here is a list with links to the passages in the 6 Released…

Review: Are you ready for the SAT & ACT?

Are you ready for the SAT & ACT? Building Critical Reading Skills for Rising High School Students, 2nd Edition By the Staff of the Princeton Review One of the biggest problems for students studying for the SAT and ACT is the knowledge gap. That is, students don’t know what they don’t know, and all too…

Review: The College Panda’s SAT Essay

Title: The College Panda’s SAT Essay: The Battle-Tested Guide for the New 2016 SAT Essay by Nielson Phu 56 Pages In 2001, I moved to Korea to work as an ESL Teacher but fell into teaching the SAT including what was then the SAT II English test. This test was required for all foreign students…