SAT Prep NY Blog has moved – check out the new site…

June 8, 2010

SAT Prep NY blog has moved to a new home – right next door to my tutoring website, karenberlinishii.com. Please visit the new location for updates and news on SAT and ACT prep, college admissions ideas, study tips and more!

Find all updates here: karenberlinishii.com/blog

Crazy test day experiences? Terrible exam proctor? Share your story!

May 1, 2010

Here are stories of terrible SAT exam proctoring: the proctor audibly chatting on her cellphone the entire test, or snipping roses from a bouquet and distracting the students. I’ve had students tell me that their proctor didn’t watch the clock and just let the students keep on working (sweet extra time!) or cut them short (unfair!). This New York Times article recounts some horror tales which will hopefuly make your test day experience look good in contrast.

Have a test day horror story of your own to recount? From terrible proctors to forgotten admission tickets to getting lost on the way to the test locale – I’ve heard some good ones. Please share yours in the comments!

Grammar review – even college grads do it

April 29, 2010

Here is a useful link to grammar review tips and practice questions posted by a test prep company that prepares students for graduate level exams. Yes, even after four years of college, some students need to bone up on their modifiers, subject-verb agreement. parallelism and all those fun grammr and usage rules that we have grown to love!

Check it out for helpful review … Yes, for SAT and ACT students, too!

http://www.800score.com/guidec4view1I.html

Juniors! Start planning your summer review for the Fall SATs.

April 20, 2010

I know you are up to your ears in finals and projects and studying for AP exams and yes, even the spring SATs and ACTs. But look ahead to the long summer stretching out before you and realize that it is a tremendous opportunity for you to build your skills fairly painlessly, bit by bit. Take a minute to check out this clearing house type site with all sorts of study aids for the ACT and SAT and more. I bookmarked a virtual vocab flashcard tool that you might find helpful:

subsite: http://www.studystack.com/SAT

vocab drills: http://www.studystack.com/menu-178359

Each page offers multiple study methods – flashcards, stacks, mix-n-match, etc. All that is great to help you really master the words and keeps it alive, not rote.

Last resort: Poor SAT scores but top grades? Consider SAT-optional colleges

April 18, 2010

Sarah Lawrence College is one of a growing number of top colleges which accept students without SAT or ACT scores.

A recent article in New York magazine takes a look at the admissions process at Sarah Lawrence College. According to the author, Sarah Lawrence claims to be the only college in the country that does not consider SAT scores at all. Grades, personal qualities (extracurricular activities, background factors, interview) and writing make up their admissions factors.

http://nymag.com/news/intelligencer/65135/

Need to bone up on your math skills? Check out this well-organized, straight-forward high school math review site.

December 23, 2009

A debate on the value and meaning of AP courses

December 21, 2009

Taking AP courses has become seen as increasingly important to getting in to the top colleges. But there is increasing debate about the value of these courses. Read the New York Times’ blog discussion of the controversy.

AP courses - pro and con

Here’s a fun vocabulary-building tool that helps you do good for others.

December 3, 2009

FreeRice.comFree Rice vocabulary building and feeding the hungry is a pretty new interactive vocab-building website that is fun and really helps you build your vocabulary. Like a video game, it keeps tabs on your progress, giving you incrementally more challenging words with each one you get right. The bonus? For each answer you get right, ten grains of rice will be donated to the UN World Food Program. (And if you do your homework and drill a lot of words, the rice will add up fast!)

College applications: What do colleges REALLY care about on your transcript?

December 1, 2009

Interesting article in the New York Times today.

1-Stop Shopping for FREE SAT Study Resources

November 26, 2009

Karen Berlin Ishii SAT ACT PrepCheck out my website‘s resources page for a full list of study resources for the SAT, ACT and college prep.

Hey, scroll down to the bottom: there’s a photo of my son Jun at his graduation from Northeastern University in 2007!