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Brainiacs & PSAT: Top 3 Ways Enrichment Classes Benefit 5th-10th Graders


The college admissions process can be an imposing prospect for students and families alike—a frenzy of college visits, standardized tests, and the all-important personal essay. For many, this process formally begins in 11th grade, the most common time that students begin to prepare for and take either the SAT or ACT. In truth, though, preparing for these tests—and for college in general—begins much earlier. Beginning in elementary school, every reading assignment and math test primes students for what’s to come. And while we don’t advocate for excessive, long-term test prep, we can’t stress enough the importance of supplementing and building upon the skills students are already learning in school.


By HCC-admin

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The New SAT: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly


The new SAT, released in March of 2016, arrived shrouded in rhetoric about “fairness” and “access.”   And indeed, the partnership with Kahn Academy promised access to free test prep, while the elimination of “esoteric” vocabulary and the dreaded “guessing penalty” was heartening to many high school students.  So, now that thousands have taken the test, what can we say about it?


By Chris Hamilton

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