Summit Prep Blog - Part 3

Covid – An Opportunity for Valuable Life Lessons

During these unprecedented times — when fears are heightened and the norm is anything but normal — it is difficult for any of us to be at our best. With multiple stressors related to Covid (mental health concerns, financial hardship, and the responsibilities of raising our children and often educating them at home), there are positive actions we can take to enable us to thrive and to help our children flourish.

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Why the SAT and ACT are Awesome

 Even amidst this temporary turmoil, some truths are timeless: education opens the doors to success. Recorded before the lockdown, Amy Seeley and Mike Bergin from the Tests and the Rest podcast interview David Blobaum, Co-Founder of Summit Prep, about how the SAT and ACT are based on skills and knowledge useful for succeeding in college and in life and, thus, why they are awesome.

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Math Level 2: The Surprising Importance of a Perfect Score

Striving for excellence, and ideally achieving it, in areas of life that matter (family, work, etc) is important.  In contrast, attaining perfection is typically neither necessary nor practical.  The same is true on standardized tests.  For example, the difference between a 790 and 800 on the Literature SAT subject test is minuscule and inconsequential.  A 790 on the Literature SAT subject test puts students in the 98th percentile of test takers, and an 800 puts students in the 99th percentile.  If a student were to score a 790 on the Literature SAT subject test, I would never advise that they re-take the test; their time would be better spent doing almost anything else.

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How to Ace the LSAT

For those intending to go to law school, the beginning of the year is a great time to start LSAT prep.  Generally, law school applications should be submitted by mid-November in order start law school the following fall.  Test takers and future applicants should plan their prep and application submissions with mid-November as the finish line and work backwards.  Starting LSAT prep toward the beginning of the year will allow test takers enough time to prep, take the LSAT, and retake the LSAT before that mid-November time frame.

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