A Free Practice SAT (by the College Board) is available

Attn new HS Juniors.  It’s that time of year… Test Prep Season.

Good news …  there is help :)

A Free Practice SAT (by the College Board) is available on the College Board site. mAke the grAde recommends that all students planning to take an upcoming SAT should take advantage of this ‘offer’.


There are a number of ways to prep for the SAT (and ACT) exams.  One is to simply practice that test as much as possible.  Practice makes perfect.

Practice also helps to demonstrate both areas of need (which you may choose to ameliorate with a tutor) and areas of strength (which is may be just fine with).  Areas of need may include specifics in the 3 main sections of the SAT: Reading, Math and Writing, but may also expose needs in your timing and pacing for the questions and for the sections (remember the SAT (and ACT) is a timed exam!)

To access this practice SAT click this link:


The SAT is administrated 8 times during the academic year: October, November, December, January, March, May and June.  This year is a watershed year however as the “old” SAT will be administered up to and including January 2016 and then a “new” SAT will be administered starting in March 2016.  mAke the grAde recommends taking the “old” SAT while is is still in play since it is a known commodity and there are still several unknowns concerning the ‘new’ SAT.

What do you think? What is your test calendar plan?

Questions?  contact make the grade at EMAIL MAKETHEGRADE

PS – the deadline to register for the October 3 SAT exam is September 3.


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The Maximum Education “Official” Press Release

This press release was syndicated to over 600 news agencies including ABC and Fox news and other wire services.

You can see the press release by clicking here:  Maximum Education Press Release

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#maximumeducaton Amazon #1 Best seller. Do you have your copy?

Steven Greene Best Seller


Thank you everyone for your ongoing support.

Look for the Maximum Education Live Workshop coming in late August / September 2015.

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Maximum Education – The Live Workshop ::: Coming soon

It’s been an exciting summer at mAke the grAde.  Maximum Education was released in June and became an Amazon #1 seller in its first week.

You can still get your copy of Maximum Education at the roll out price of only 99 cents for the online kindle version or $9.99 for the paperback.

CLICK HERE TO GET Maximum Education

Both the kindle version and paperback continue to sell consistently.  Which leads to the next phase of the project.. Maximum Education – The Live Workshop.  This workshop will cover the important principles from the book in a 90 minute, live, interactive event.  The workshop will be presented live locally (beginning August 29th) as well as over the internet in a live webinar format (beginning in September).

If you want more information now, EMAIL mAke the grAde

Stay tuned for more details.


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Maximum Education is Live!

Maximum Education – The Ultimate  Guide to Optimal Academics is live.


This book addresses two major challenges that all students face:
Time Management
Information Management

The book is  available as a paperback version and a kindle (online version).


Maximum Education front cover

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SAT error: College Board investigating problem with June 6 test

What do you think?  If you took the SAT exam, how would you feel about this? Do you think it would help you? hurt you? no effect?
Leave a comment and let me know what you think…

Students who took the SAT exam last weekend may have gotten extra time due to a printing error on the tests, administrators of the college entrance exam said.

The College Board, the non-profit group that oversees the SAT, said the exams given in the U.S. incorrectly said students would get “25 minutes” to complete sections 8 or 9. But the test center supervisor’s manual and script correctly said student should only get 20 minutes.

New Jersey-based ETS, which creates the SAT, informed the College Board of the printing error at noon on Saturday, the day the test was administered.

It is unclear how many students may have gotten an extra five minutes on the section or what that means for their scores.

“The College Board understands the critical nature of this issue, and we are actively working with our partner ETS to determine next steps to ensure the fairness of the test and the validity of the scores we deliver,” the College Board said in a statement. “We regret the confusion and concern this issue is causing for students and their families, and we will provide them and others with updated information as soon as possible.”

College Board officials said they will post updates on the group’s website.

ETS, based in Princeton, oversees test administration and security for the SAT.

FairTest, a non-profit group critical of the SAT, said the printing error creates a serious problem for the College Board and ETS.

“They have admitted that administration of a portion of last Saturday’s exam was not ‘standardized’ since some students had 20 minutes to complete the items, while others had 25 due to the test-makers’ error. How do they assure all reported scores are consistent, accurate and fair? This foul-up will further accelerate the movement for college and university admissions offices to drop SAT requirement,” said Bob Schaeffer, public education director for FairTest, which is short for the National Center for Fair & Open Testing.

Here is the link to the original article:


This article was originally published in nj.com. To reach the author: Kelly Heyboer may be reached at kheyboer@njadvancemedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @KellyHeyboer. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

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Maximum Education: Preparing for finals for different courses – finals prep #3

This is the third in a series of blog posts and articles on the topic of how to prepare for finals.  Nearly all of the material in these posts is drawn from my upcoming book: Maximum Education – The Ultimate Guide to Optimal Education.  It should be live on Amazon very soon and print copies will be available in June.


The simple truth is that preparing for finals is a lot of work.  It’s stressful for students at all levels middle school through graduate school.  But one of the realities is to accept that each academic topic needs a different approach to organize the information, review the information and prepare for the exams.

Some of these tips are addressed in this video as well. There are many specific subject based tips at: http://www.youtube.com/powerhousesuccess


  • Most finals are based on completing problems similar to the ones you had in class or for homework.  Review them!
  • Know all formulas and constants that the teacher will not provide on the test.
  • Show all your work – be sure that you can get partial credit whenever possible.
  • Make a single page listing every formula or process that you will need. Include examples.


  • Most tests usually present a combination of short answer questions, calculations, and essays.
  • Know any important scientists.
  • Make a single page listing every formula or process that you will need. Include examples.
  • Know the major concept(s) of each chapter.
  • Review relevant vocabulary.


  • Most tests usually contain short answer questions about details.
  • Study important quotes.
  • Know the main characters.
  • Understand the plot line.
  • Review important vocabulary.
  • Exams almost always include essays about major concepts or characters.


  • Most exams usually contain a short answer section about people/places/dates.
  • Make a list of people and the most important thing that each did.
  • Make a timeline of important events and dates.
  • Know important laws or significant events (treaties, etc.).
  • Most tests require essays.
  • Study any special vocabulary.

Foreign Language

  • Tests usually concentrate on vocabulary and grammar.
  • Understand the culture of the country if you have studied it.

In the end, preparing is a matter of knowing what you need to study, and then setting up a plan to review and re-learn this material.

Do you have any tips or techniques that have worked for you?

Leave a comment below and you could win a signed copy of Maximum Education.

Dr Steven Greene is the lead educator at mAke the grAde as well as the author of Maximum Education. 

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