Posts Tagged ‘college test prep’

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!


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:


vocab drills:

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.

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

December 23, 2009

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!

Notorious Confusables: Learn these easily confused words!

November 25, 2009

Here is one of my favorite vocabulary websites, especially for SAT prep:

Confusable guys

This site has a lot of great grammar lessons, and noted above are the Notorious Confusables -easily confused words.

The SAT usually has one or two such words in the Writing section among the Error ID questions. If you learn these words, you will add to your vocabulary (which will serve you well in the Sentence Completions section of the Critical Reading, as well as enhance your reading and writing skills) and you’ll be more attuned to pick out these otherwise tricky errors.

Welcome to SAT Prep NY!

September 12, 2009

Welcome to SAT Prep NY – a blog about preparing for the college entrance exams – from the PSAT to the SAT and ACT and SAT Subject Tests – and all things college-prep.

My name is Karen Berlin Ishii and I am a super-experienced SAT prep teacher living and working as a private tutor in New York City. My goal is to provide my readers with tips and advice on navigating the college test prep process, while expanding my own knowledge and teaching skills, too.

If you are a high school student in the NYC area (or the parent of one), please visit my website to learn about my tutoring services: