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Is APUSH too much of a push for freshmen?

Is APUSH too much of a push for freshmen?

By Michelle Gomes, Springbrook HS, Silver Spring, Md.

November 7, 2014

One of the listed accomplishments on Springbrook High School’s website is that the school has the highest number of freshmen students enrolled in Advanced Placement United States History (APUSH). However, this fact is not something to brag about due to the number of students failing the exam. AP...

Know the score: Seniors reflect on cost of SAT preparation

Know the score: Seniors reflect on cost of SAT preparation

By Mimi Evans, Dougherty Valley HS, San Ramon, Calif.

October 13, 2014

Note: Student names have been changed. Oliver, a current senior, was singled out. His free diagnostic test indicated that he would already score over a 2100 on the SAT, and so he was placed in Elite’s SAT 2100 Plus Program. Unlike the Elite Boot Camp, in which students attend class four or fi...

‘The Perfect Score Project’ proves to be a must-have guide to the SAT

‘The Perfect Score Project’ proves to be a must-have guide to the SAT

By Shreya Mathur, Dublin HS, Dublin, Calif.

October 13, 2014

Wanting to fuel her son’s motivation to succeed, she plunges into the world of test prep -- 12 months, 7 SATs, and a goal to earn a perfect score while uncovering its secret path.

Don’t fret about the SATs

Don’t fret about the SATs

By Nina Henry, Pascack Valley HS, Hillsdale, N.J.

October 10, 2014

Every admissions officer I’ve ever talked to has said that there’s no hard and fast cut-off for admissible SAT scores, and some colleges don’t even look at SAT scores.

Early admission affects West Shore in unexpected ways

Early admission affects West Shore in unexpected ways

By Mikayla Almeida, Casey Schauman, and Alyssa Gorewitz

May 14, 2014

With more students doing Early Admissions or Dual Enrollment each year, West Shore’s senior class is getting even smaller. The upcoming senior class will have 70 enrolled students at Eastern Florida State College. Of these, 34 students will be Early Admitting while 36 students will be Dual Enrolled. This is the largest number in Wes...

Too many tests? Juniors bombarded in fourth quarter

Too many tests? Juniors bombarded in fourth quarter

By Celine Lopez, A. A. Stagg High School, Stockton, Calif.

May 6, 2014

“It just seems like too much.” This is response heard over and over again when juniors, teachers, and administrators alike were asked how they feel about the overload of tests juniors have been taking this spring in such a short period of time. When asked the same question, almost every student...

Test stress? Take a study break with these 10 songs

By Anu Subramaniam, Grosse Pointe North HS, Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich.

February 24, 2014

Pause.  Stop your studying for just a few minutes to take a break listening to some of Billboard’s Top 100. ...

Students tutors help English learners to pass CAHSEE

Students tutors help English learners to pass CAHSEE

By William Alexander, A. A. Stagg High School, Stockton, Calif.

February 5, 2014

Rapid Spanish is spoken from a few tables away. The sight is of eight people, and three of them seem to be helping the rest. As you lean in for a closer look, you see practice CAHSEE tests. The five, who are being tutored, are reading and writing with obvious enthusiasm. The tutors seem to have a li...