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Why Students Need To Take Practice Tests

“Practice makes perfect.” This saying is a cliché for good reason. In school, sports, even social interactions, and literally every aspect of life, practice improves our performance. It is no surprise then that consistently taking practice tests is imperative for students trying to reach their highest possible score on a standardized test.

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Performance Tips for Test Day

You can practice infinitely but, if you don’t optimally execute when it counts, then you will not be able to show the full fruits of your labor. Small benefits can add up to significant advantages, so here are some tactics you can use to help you perform your best on test day:

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Deleting ACT Scores

You may have heard the conventional wisdom “Don’t take the SAT or ACT more than three times.”  That was then. This is now: Not only can you pick and choose which ACT test dates to report to colleges, but you can even remove ACT scores from your record. (Note: Students may not delete scores used to document participation in State and District Testing.)  

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Applying to College? Google Yourself

You get one chance at a first impression. And in college admissions, that is a very high stake first impression. Will an admission officer google your name? Very likely, yes. So here are a few suggestions to make sure that your individual digital brand helps instead of hurts your chances.

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How to Select the Best Colleges

Your college choice will impact how much you pay for college, how much you enjoy those years, how much you will learn, who you will become, what you will do after college, and how successful you will be. Given its importance, it makes sense to do your due diligence when making a college list. Here are the best methods for making and refining your college list:

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Should I Retake the LSAT?

The LSAC administered the August 2021 LSAT between Saturday, August 14th and Tuesday, August 17th.  If you took that test, congratulations on that accomplishment!  Preparing for and taking the LSAT is no easy task, and you should be proud of yourself for even getting this far.   Now that the dust has somewhat settled from the August 2021 LSAT, test takers often wrestle with several questions as they navigate through the test taking and law school application processes.  We will provide our views on next steps as you inch further and further down the road to the coveted dream law school acceptance letter.

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Increasingly Competitive College Admissions

The last year has brought many changes to college admissions. The extent and speed of these changes has made it more important than ever to turn to data analytics so that people can see what is actually happening and can respond accordingly – ideally before others so that Summit Prep families can use this information to their advantage. There are eight changes in college admissions (some recent but some others that started decades ago) that are driving more competition. We will examine these changes and how Summit Prep students and parents can use them to their advantage.

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Why Should I Learn Mathematics?

More education leads to more wealth, longer life, and better health. While we explored some of the reasons for those positive effects of education in “Is All Education Meaningful?” and why education leads to better lives, there is a recent, fascinating study that sheds additional light on causal reasons why education — in this case Mathematics education — leads to those advantages. Mathematics changes the biology of a person’s brain — for the better.

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