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“I Forgot My Calculator for the ACT!”

About the author: I’m Karli Ching and I graduated with C.K. McClatchy High School’s Class of 2015.  I attend University of California, Davis as a biological sciences major pre-med student. ____________________________________________________ When I was taking the ACT for the second time during my senior year in October, I was taking it to improve my math score …

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Guest Post: SAT: Stressful Anxiety Time

About the Author: After being accepted to four year college, but choosing to postpone going to college in favor of pursing a career as a cyclist, David in his spare time works at Hubbubbaloo Creative.  In the following, he offers insights to the challenges in taking the SAT or ACT.   __________________________________________________ It’s a cold Saturday morning. You pull …

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The Changes to the SAT

The College Board will give the revised version of the SAT for the first time in March 2016. The revised version of the SAT will still include a Critical Reading, Math and a Writing portion; however, the Writing section will be optional. College admissions offices are slowly addressing the changes in the SAT format, yet …

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Stamina, Attitude and Tranquility: Essential SAT & ACT Skills

At approximately 4 hours of testing time, the SAT and ACT measure the endurance of a student, as much as their knowledge and ability to reason.  Test taking skills can help students access their knowledge during the long testing period, and pace themselves appropriately.  Padma, CMC’s resident 8 year old Renaissance Man, shares the following test …

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Got Scantron Nightmares?

Say, “S-A-T” or “A-C-T” to a high school junior, and watch their whole demeanor change.  The idea that a test score that will be considered as part of a future college application can provoke a racing pulse and perspiration. A typical conversation with Juniors about the SAT and ACT goes something like this: Related PostsBorrower …

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Ahead of the Curve: March 18, 2014

From Our Clients: The New SAT: current high school freshman (Class of 2017) will be the first students to take the recently updated SAT.  The newest version with an optional essay section, will be given for the first time in Spring 2016.  Stay tuned for how the new SAT will or will not affect the college …

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Scantron Nightmares

Say, “S-A-T” or “A-C-T” to a high school junior, and watch their whole demeanor change.  The idea that a test score that will be considered as part of a future college application can provoke a racing pulse and perspiration. A typical conversation with Juniors about the SAT and ACT goes something like this: Related PostsNo …

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Test Taking Tips

As high school Juniors prepare for the SAT and ACT this spring, some test taking tips from Creative Marbles favorite, eight-year old commentator, who offers his thoughts about getting ready for exam time.  As an added bonus, his advice can help with everyday classroom tests as well.   Related PostsThe Pins & Needles Way of …

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When and How Do I Prepare for the SAT and ACT?

The three hours and forty five minutes of SAT and ACT testing time tests patience, as much as knowledge.  However, developing mental stamina to endure the testing experience, as well as learning to perform under timed conditions, can come with effort and a little foresight.  First, reviewing previous test-taking experiences can help expose areas of …

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Go Slow. You’ll Know.

Knowing is not that difficult, in theory. Inherently, we know.  Yet, in reality, acquiring knowledge can take practice to refine. To gain knowledge is a process, repeated over and over. First, calm down.  (Not always simple to do, or just a matter of some deep breathing.). Then, listen. (Again, not always easy, especially when feeling …