April 21, 2022
How does the computer-adaptive GRE work?
The GRE is a computer-adaptive test, or CAT for short. Every test taker will see a least two Math sections and two Verbal sections. The difficulty level of the second section (easy, medium or hard) in each subject is determined by your performance on the first section. If you get lots of questions right on the first section, you will get a harder second section, but access to higher scores. If you don’t get as many questions right on the first section, you will get an easier second section and your scoring potential is capped at a lower range.
The computer-delivered GRE is the standard format for test takers. The paper-based GRE is far more rare and only offered up to three times a year. But if you want to learn more about the paper-and-pencil test, visit ETS.org .
When are AP tests?
APs are given during a two-week period in May.
When should I start preparing for the ACT?
Ideally, you should start preparation in the spring semester of 10th grade. You should at least take a first pass at the test at that point, to understand where your knowledge gaps are and explore how you can improve over the coming year. Many students wait to start prep until halfway through 11th grade, but that can be a bit stressful to balance with school work and leaves them in trouble if unanticipated scenarios arise (we're look at you, 2020). Take it from us: the earlier you look at this, the better.
We sometimes work with students who come to the process very late. For example, students who decide to apply to US colleges at the start of their senior year. While this is very far from ideal, it is not impossible to tackle. We are always open to discussing with you about your circumstances, to advise on what would be best for you.
How long is the SAT?
3 hours. If you choose to complete the Essay, the test will be 3 hours and 50 minutes.
Can you help with homework?
Absolutely! We can definitely help students tackle tricky homework assignments. But we will always focus on learning above rote completion; our goal is to help students build independence over time by developing their academic, time management, and study skills—as well as their confidence.
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College Admissions Update with ESM Founder Billy Downing
In this webinar hosted by ESM Founder Billy Downing, he’ll share insights from this year’s application cycle to help families better understand the current admissions landscape. He’ll also offer advice for high school Juniors beginning the admissions process.
AP English Language Workshop
Join ESM Prep Academic Mentor Logan Hunt for a review session for the AP English Language exam. He will cover the exam format, study techniques, tips for success on free response questions and more.
AP Biology Workshop
Join ESM Prep Academic Mentor Keely Chaisson for a review session for the AP Biology exam. She will cover the exam format, study techniques, tips for success on free response questions and more.
AP Calculus AB/BC Workshop
Join ESM Prep Academic Mentor Edmund Tran for a review session for the AP Calculus exams. He will cover the exam format, study techniques, tips for success on free response questions and more.
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