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Maximum Education mAke the grAde Tip – SAT vs ACT – which is better for you?

The $64,000 college test prep question: SAT vs ACT: which is a better choice for you?

This is a video from a recent talk presented by Dr Steven Greene at the Upper Dublin library presenting the advantages of each test for the individual student.

At our College Prep workshops we cover the differences between the ACT and SAT exams, learning styles best suited for each test, common questions about Test Prep, how these tests fit into the College admissions process, value of test prep & test prep options, and the mAke the grAde test prep approach, and all attendees recieve a FREE PSAT evaluation and test prep assessment! #SAT   #ACT   #CollegePrep

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How to plan a test prep program for PSAT/SAT/ACT…


Planning ahead is the key to success.  This includes not only having a plan to increase your test scores, but also a longer term plan for when you will take these important exams.

The SATs are given in January, March, May, June, October, November and December.

The ACTs are given in February, April, June, September, October and December.

That is a lot of opportunities to take these exams but you want to avoid overload and you want to ‘peak at the right time’ for each exam.

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Maximum Education mAke the grAde Tip – SAT Essay – How you say it…

SAT: The essay – it’s how you say it not what you say

Crafting a strong essay

  1. you must address the prompt
    A common error of essay composition is to not stay on task and address the prompt throughout the entire essay.  This is key!  Make one main point and support this point in your presentation
  2. plan before you write
    make an outline, brainstorm, talk to others about it, make a rough draft
  3. build to a crescendo
    start with your basic thesis premise and use examples to build to your crescendo… Leave the reading saying to themselves “yes.. I want to know more about this applicant”
  4. keep with the word limit
    550 (or whatever words) means 550.  Use a word count tool and stay on course.

Need help with your essay(s).

Contact sgreene@makethegrade.net

Also see this video – over 6300 views!!

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Getting into college: The importance of the application essay – it’s just your future (and past!)

It’s September. If you are a football fan it’s pre-season and your team has hopes of making it to the super bowl. If you are a baseball fan hopefully your team is poised for a playoff run. If you like to swim and be outside, it is still warm and good weather and if you are a student you are waiting for your schedule and collecting school supplies.. unless you are a soon to be senior. An exciting time. It’s college application season. And you need to get busy!!

Seniors – this is an important time for you. And you need to take this process seriously. Treat it like a class! There are deadlines and time limitations. Simple to say. Not always so easy to do. As an Educator I get asked all the time about applications and admissions strategy, and the best advice us simple: start early, be consistent with your efforts and get it done.

My guideline for my students: Have your paperwork and essays done by the first day of school or the end of September at the latest. Take the pressure off of this process.

Simple to say. Not always so easy to do. Most apps take at least 3-4 Hours to complete. The essays writing and revision process can seem interminable.

So start EARLY and work on them OFTEN.

Most of the application process is a collection of information… name rank and serial number type stuff. Your academic history, your standard admissions test scores, your extracurricular activities etc… and then coup de grace.. the chance for you to tell them about all the things they didn’t ask about already… THE ESSAY.

Writing this essay – or in some cases essays – can be daunting and intimidating for students. What do I say? Am I talking about the right things? How can I say what I want in only 650 words? Does it really matter? How do I make my essay stand out?

The answers are: Talk about your experiences. Stay with the essay prompt that you’ve chosen. Yes brevity is important but stay on point. yes the essay can be a huge factor in admission. Stay interesting and tell your story… don’t write like a history paper.

Need help. Here is a video that I’ve made along with professional college placement advisor Cheryl DiLanzo. It will give you a very good perspective on the essay.


Finally if you don’t know where to start, or you would like a professional look at your essay, consider this free (!!) essay workshop:


Please let me know what you think in the comments area below.

or Contact mAke the grAde now at: sgreene@makethegrade.net

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Today only… you you get a FREE copy of Maximum Education at this link:

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Who is your mastermind group?

I imagine you’ve heard of the mastermind group…. you collect (or join) a group of others who are experts in their fields – and at the same time do not compete with you – and you meet and brainstorm and mastermind ideas. The goal is to help each other succeed through support and education and well… OPT = others peoples talent.

Take home message —> you can ALWAYS learn from others no matter how successful you are in your own field.

Over the summer, I had the privilege of joining more than 20 other entrepreneurs for an evening of networking and sharing success stories. Talk about positive ‘vibes’ in the room! Better even, nearly all of these business owners have following their passions for only a few years. A real tribute to the reality that if you feel strongly enough about your dreams and goals and you have the right plan and you work with the right people… success is just a matter of time.

I asked the organizer of the event, Bonny Clayton – Your Web Chick – to summarize the event:

“Six months ago, when I started playing with ideas for how to celebrate my two years in full-time business for myself, I wasn’t sure where to start. I knew I wanted to celebrate the small business professionals who had supported me in ways big and small over these two years. I knew I wanted to spotlight other local businesses. And I knew I wanted to give something back And so Journey to Success, a charity networking event with small business owners as storytellers, was born! The success of the event exceeded my expectations and I believe that success can be attributed to the combination of my diligent social media and personal outreach, the quality of the sponsors who stepped up to support the event and the appeal of the storytelling element. The feedback I’ve received so far echoes my own sentiments…that the storytellers were the hit of the event. And so, selecting storytellers will be an ongoing tradition for each Journey to Success to come!!”

At this small (20 people) event, not only did I sample some great home made food and the best cupcakes ever (nothing wrong with mixing food with business right!), but I also met several talented and motivated people. All of them were on different stages in their respective journeys to success. And I learned something from all of them.

PS – the event raised over $200 to support the North Shore Animal League!

Take action. Form or join a mastermind or a networking group. It could be a localized face to face group, or use technology and meet via online forums. Both work well.

If you are local to me… CHECK OUT THIS MASTERMIND GROUP or connect with my inbox if you want to learn more about online mastermind groups.

Connect. Learn. Prosper.

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