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Sweeter Dreams: Improving Teen Sleep Hygiene

A+ Featured Student: Matthew Headley

The Benefits of Studying a Foreign Language

Accommodating Differences: How to Secure Support for Disabilities in College

A+ Featured Student: Amanda Rabin

Impostor Syndrome:  When Self Doubt Belittles Success

Test Prep Priorities: SAT/ACT Essay and SAT Subject Tests

PSAT Results: When You'll Get Them and How to Use Them

A+ Professional Development

3 Changes Coming to the ACT Test in 2020

Get to Know the ISEE and SSAT: A Closer Look (Part 2 of 2)

Get to Know the SSAT and ISEE: The Basics

A+ Featured Student: Regal Noye

Pros and Cons of Test-Optional and Test-Flexible Admissions

What’s New at Penn State: Highlighting Local Colleges

Requesting Copies of Your Test Questions and Answers: A Short Guide

A+ Featured Student: Alec Sandroni

Beating Freshman Stress

Preparing Neurodiverse Teens Today to be Successful Adults Tomorrow

Campus Safety and You

Financial Literacy 101: Avoid becoming a “bad debt” statistic

A+ Featured Student: Jennifer Allison

3 Things Your Teen Needs to Know About Living Away at College

What Test Score Do I Need to Get In?

The SAT & ACT Experimental Questions: What You Need to Know

Summer: Taking a Proctored, Practice Test over the Summer

Summer: Making Every Moment Count

The Summer After Your Graduation

Frequently Asked SAT & ACT Questions: (2 of 2)

Remote Tutoring with A+

A+ Featured Student: Alec Kane

SAT versus ACT: Which Test Should You Take?

Frequently Asked SAT & ACT Questions: (1 of 2)

Reading Questions: SAT vs. ACT

A+ Featured Student: Katie Benoliel

An A+ Interview with Tina Gregor of College Pursuit

Helping Teens Face Their Inner Critic

How Mindfulness Can Help Manage College Application Anxiety

The SAT and ACT Math Sections: Which Works Better for You?

Teens and Service Trips

Acing the ACT Science Section Part 2: Three Types of Questions

Acing the ACT Science Section Part 1: The Scientific Method

Your A+ Roadmap to College: Part Three (Junior & Senior Years)

Your A+ Roadmap to College: Part Two (Sophomore Year)

Securing College Learning Support Accommodations [Updated]

Featured Test Prep Student: Rachel Reale

Your A+ Roadmap to College: Part One

Making Every Minute of Your College Tour Count

Changes in the ACT National Extended Time Policy - An A+ Update

What Does It Take to Make an A+ Tutor?

A+ Tutors Bring Experience and Dedication

Getting Ready for the Test: It's Test Day!

Getting Ready for the Test: An A+ Pop Quiz

Can an SAT Exam Be Too Easy?

To Write or Not to Write: Re-evaluating the Standardized Test Essay

Featured Test Prep Student: Eli Minkoff

Featured Test Prep Student: Cole Moros

College Fit: What It Means and How to Find It

How to Study for Tests: A Step-by-Step Guide

8 Ways to Use Your Gap Year Wisely

Mindprint is Coming to A+!

Why US News and World Report Rankings Don’t Mean What You Think They Mean

Procrastination: What It Is and How to Handle It

What You Need to Know About the Coalition App

Featured Test Prep Student: Aengus Dublin

SAT or ACT? Find Out Which Test is Right for You

Featured Tutor: Kevin Holsopple

The Fit Education Consulting College Visit Guide

A Thank You Letter from Dan Ascher

Practice Matters: The Importance of Proctored Practice Exams

Featured Test Prep Student: Amanda Fricker

What to Watch for: Some Symptoms of Executive Function Disorder (EFD)

Featured Test Prep Student: Matthew Catanzariti

Download the PDF: Compare the SAT to the ACT

Executive Function & ADD/ADHD - Part I

When Should I Start ACT or SAT Test Prep? Downloadable PDF

Protecting your Child from Bullies – Students with Disabilities

A Four-Step Guide to Writing a Great College Admissions Essay: Part II

Saving for College in 2018: An Update on Tax Treatment of 529 Plans

Cracking the Word Problem, Part 3: Keywords in Action

The Four-Step Guide to Writing a Great College Admissions Essay: Part I

Cracking the Word Problem, Part 2: Real-World Logic

Financial Aid Impact of Early Decision and Early Action

Cracking the Word Problem, Part 1: The Elusive Keyword

Should I Write the Optional SAT or ACT Essay?—Part 2

Should I Write the Optional SAT or ACT Essay?

Effective Executive Function Skills—Organization Tips for Busy Students (and Parents!)

Featured Test Prep Student: Sonoi Kawakami

The ACT Writing Test – An Overview, Part 2       

The ACT Writing Test – An Overview, Part 1

Tips for Writing Your College Application Personal Statement

SAT and ACT Vocabulary, Revisited

Student Discounts - Part II

Featured Test Prep Student: Stella Kelley

Standardized Testing and ADD/ADHD

Can My Child Benefit From Executive Function Coaching?

The Importance of Developing Effective Executive Function Skills

Does Success Come at a Price? A Look at Standardized Test Prep

Did You Know - Student Travel Discounts

The Advantages of Standardized Test Tutoring

ACT or SAT: Which Standardized Test Should I Take?

Featured Test Prep Student: Maddie Hunt

Download the guide: SAT and ACT Test Score Ranges by College

What is Overlearning? A Scientific Update

Featured Test Prep Student: Kiran

What is Superscoring?

Featured ACT Test Prep Student: Holly Grosse

A Year Later—Update on the New SAT

Word Problems: Everybody's Favorite

Considering Test-Optional College Admissions Policies

Standardized Testing and the Dyslexic Student

Self Care for Students - Why it's so Important

Increase in College Applications and the New SAT—Correlation or Causation?

Featured Test Prep Student: Sam Moore

A Snapshot of Princeton University (Including Tips on How to Get Into Princeton)

What's Your Major?

SAT and ACT Testing Accommodations Update From A+

Noting a Few Important Points: Note Taking Techniques

To Climb That Ivy, or Not?

A University of Pennsylvania Information Session With A+

Featured Test Prep Student: Omar Altimany

Back to Basics: ACT Essay Returns to 12-Point Scoring

ACT Science Tip: Complete the easier sections first

A+ Test Prep and Tutoring Receives Two Awards from The Intelligencer

3 Strategies to Help Improve Reading Comprehension on the SAT and ACT

ACT Science Tip: Read the Passages Carefully

Scan + Score Allows Instant Access to SAT Practice Test Scores

The Most Important College Admissions Factors

New SAT Test Controversy Prompts Change

How Do I Prepare for the SAT Essay Prompt?

University of Pennsylvania Adopts New Position On Score Choice

SAT Essay Prompts: 3 Objectives for Success

ACT Tip: Be Mindful of Your Time

Getting To Know The New FAFSA

How Do New SAT Scores Compare to Old SAT Scores?

News Item:  A+ Test Prep Offering Free Proctored ACT and SAT Tests This Summer

Featured Test Prep Student: Gabrielle Leavitt

FAQ: What If I Don't Like My Tutor?

FAQ: What If I Have Extra Tutoring Sessions Left After I Take My Test?

Featured Test Prep Student: Carolyn Wilde

FAQ: How Many Times Should I Take the SAT or ACT?

FAQ: How Much Homework Should Test Prep Students Expect Per Week?

6 Tips for Submitting Letters of Recommendation

FAQ: Do A+ Test Prep Tutors Teach Test-Taking Strategies and Tips?

SAT/ACT Hybrid Tests: Don't Drink The Kool-Aid

FAQ: What Motivates A+ Tutors to Help Students?

When Am I Gonna Use This?

FAQ: Why is A+ Tutoring So Successful at Helping Students Improve Their SAT or ACT Scores?

FAQ: How Can I Fit ACT or SAT Prep Into My Busy Schedule?

How to Ace Standardized Tests with Daniel Ascher [Podcast]

Initial Reflections on the “New” SAT

FAQ: How Does the A+ Test Prep Program Work?

Featured Test Prep Student: Matt Graeff

Featured Test Prep Student: Ilya Rake

Five Things You Need to Know About Grants and Scholarships

Mind over Matter: Dealing with Test Anxiety

Five Things You Should Know About Taking the New ACT Writing Test

Four Ways ACT Private Tutoring Helps Improve Time Management

Step by Step: Why It’s Important to Use the Writing Process on Your ACT Essay Prompts

Featured Test Prep Student: Nicholas Dahl

Got Questions About the New SAT & PSAT? We’ve Got Answers!

Philadelphia-Area Tutors for Students with Learning Disabilities

January 2016 SAT -- Three SAT Verbal Challenges (And How to Overcome Them)*

5 Myths About ACT Tutoring

What is Dyslexia?

Saving for College: Tax Treatment of 529 Plans

Featured Test Prep Student: Nicole Tan

How Do Colleges View SAT and SAT Subject Test Scores?

Test Prep Tip for Parents: Helping Your Student Become a Better Test Taker [Video]

A Quick Overview of the Financial Aid Application Process

Tip for Parents: Encourage Your Child to Read [Video]

Test Prep Tip: Underlining and Taking Notes on the SAT or ACT [Video]

Test Prep Tip: Using Process of Elimination on Multiple Choice Questions [Video]

ACT Writing Enhancements for Fall 2015

Test Prep Tip for Parents: Helping Your Student Develop Positive Testing Habits [Video]

Rollout of New SAT Test Impacts Philadelphia Area

Featured Test Prep Student: Sam Hunt

What Does the SAT Redesign Mean for Philadelphia-Area A+ Tutoring Students?

When Should Students Begin to Prepare for College Entrance Exams?

The ABCs of College Interviews

Philadelphia Students' SAT Test Scores May Be Affected by Printing Error

Featured Test Prep Student: Monica O'Donnell

Test Prep Tip: Guessing on Multiple Choice Questions [Video]

Test Prep Tip: SAT Critical Reading (formerly SAT Verbal) Section [Video]

How Lack of Sleep Is Detrimental to Teens

How the Financial Aid Process is Impacted by Divorced Households

Brain Myths: Debunking Common Misconceptions Affecting Education

Featured Test Prep Student: Sami

A+ Test Prep is Hiring SAT and ACT Tutors for Fall 2015

Test Prep Tip for Parents: How to Build Your Child's ACT or SAT Vocabulary [Video]

Featured Test Prep Student: Joshua Divaker (Abington Senior HS)

Three Myths about Student Loans

For Learning Support Students Who Will Be Applying to College: Three Things Every Parent Needs to Know

ACT Writing Prompts: 5 Examples to Help Your Student Prepare

5 Ways to Boost Your Child’s SAT Verbal Score

What Is the ACT Verbal Section? Tips for Helping Your Student Prepare

7 Strategies to Tackle the ACT Essay Prompt

Why Students in the Class of 2017 Should Not Take the New SAT Exam

How Private ACT Tutoring Can Make For a Smooth College Application Season

Featured Test Prep Student: Alex Vitek (Abington Senior HS)

5 Benefits of Private ACT Tutoring

SAT Verbal Practice: 4 Great Websites for Test Prep

ACT Tutoring: Top 5 Reasons You Should Consider A+

5 Reasons ACT Private Tutoring Will Be Worth Your While

Is ACT Tutoring Right For Your Student?

Q&A: Upcoming Changes to the PSAT and SAT Exams

ACT Vocabulary Preparation: Resources to Build Verbal Skills

5 Ways to Improve Your ACT Vocabulary

FAFSA: Student Aid System Now Online

Practice ACT Writing Prompts – Guidelines and 3 Examples

College Admissions Process: 5 Most Important Areas of the Application

ACT Verbal: 8 Tips To Maximize Scores

College Finances: Why It's Not Too Late to Plan for College

Raise Your Confidence: Practice ACT Writing Prompts

Top 12 Things Colleges Look For in the College Admissions Decision Process

How Much Does Private College Cost? Perhaps Less Than You Think

Can My Student’s Facebook or Twitter Posts Affect College Admission?

Paying for College

Securing Learning Disabilities Support Accommodations in College

How Feedback from the SAT and ACT Can Help Your Student Succeed: QAS & SAS

3 Key Ways to Maximize Your SAT or ACT Score

3 Simple Tips to Prepare Your Student for an Organized School Year

3 Key Changes to the New PSAT/NMSQT Test

Benefits of Letting Your High School Student Sleep In

Summer Learning Opportunities at A+ Test Prep and Tutoring

Does A+ offer any help for my child’s college admissions essays?

Best Practices for Online Tutoring

The Science of Learning

Five Steps to Navigate College Savings and Financial Aid

College Advice From A High School Counselor

Self Knowledge Leads to College Success

A+ Student Overcomes Language Barrier, Increases SAT Score 150 Points

Five Ways High School Students Can Make the Most of Summer Vacation

What Materials Does A+ Use for SAT and ACT Prep?

How Will the Tutor Increase My Child's SAT or ACT Scores?

How to Learn, Understand, and Commit Information to Long-Term Memory

5 Simple Tips for Negotiating College Financial Aid Packages

Philadelphia-Area Tutor Shares How To Engage Students

Pennsylvania Students Slowly Adopt Popular College Entrance Exam Option

ACT Tutoring Student Success Story -- McLean Dyer

How to Improve Reading and Writing Skills: Tips for Dyslexic Students by Dyslexic Students

A+ Tutor Bob Wolpert Shares Why Teaching Is Magical

Top Four Tips: What to Do If Your Child Doesn't Like to Read?

Common College Application Terms

How to Choose Between the SAT and ACT

A+ Philadelphia Tutor Cathy Shares Why She Loves Tutoring

What Are the Differences between the SAT and ACT?

A+ Develops Virtual Classroom

What Is "Overlearning" and Why Is It So Important?

The Top Five Benefits of a Flipped Classroom

The Flipped Classroom Infographic

What Are the Most Effective Ways to Learn?

Needing Extra Time to Take Tests: A Firsthand Look at Dyslexia

SAT Updates: Hints, Speculation and Suggestions

Featured Test Prep Student: Jon Blust

The Real Cost of College: Are Elite Colleges More Affordable than Assumed?

When Is It Time to Seek a Tutor?: Philadelphia Family Magazine Feature

5 Steps To Improve Education in the U.S. From Harvard's Dr. Roland Fryer

Questions to Ask During College Tours

The Impact of Sport-Related Head Injuries on the Brain

What Are Pennsylvania’s New “Common Core” Standards?

SAT Redesign: The New College Admissions Exam

Popularity of ACT Test Continues to Grow (But There's More to the Story)

Differences Between SAT and ACT Revealed As More Students Take Tests

Teenage Brain Development Helps Explain Your Teen's Behavior

Free Testing Timers Watch with SAT or ACT Tutoring Registration

Abington Senior High School - Student Success Story

Getting Your College Application into the "YES" Pile

Executive Function Coaching Helps!

Preparing for the SAT: Overcoming Fears

How to Write a Compelling College Admissions Essay

Teens Who Text And Drive Often Take Other Risks

ACT Announces Plan to Introduce Computer-Based Test in Spring, 2015

Reserve Your Summer 2013 Tutor Now, Before Schedules Fill Up!

April 2013 Newsletter

A+ Test Prep and Tutoring featured on list of Best Sites & Apps for ACT/SAT Study Prep

Testing Timers for the SAT Exam Now Available at A+ Test Prep and Tutoring

Avoiding Overconfidence in Test Preparation

What Harvard Looks for in a Student

Secrets of the Most Successful College Students

March 2013 Newsletter

Number of Test Optional Colleges Continues to Increase

Note to Parents: Overprotective Parenting Can Be Harmful

It's All About How Your Praise Your Children

Sevens Steps to Putting Together a Great College List

February 2013 Newsletter

Stress -- the Good, the Bad, the Ugly, and the Pretty

Common App Adds 5 New College Admission Essay Prompts

Timing Tips for the SAT and ACT (NYTimes.com)

A+ Test Prep and Tutoring's iCollaborate Online Tutoring Platform Featured in Amazon Web Services Case Study

Bucknell University Inflated SAT Exam Scores Over Seven Years

Tips for Parents to Help Teens De-Stress

January 2013 Newsletter

December 2012 Newsletter

November 2012 Newsletter

October 2012 Newsletter

August 2012 Newsletter

July 2012 Newsletter

June 2012 Newsletter

May 2012 Newsletter

Number of Students Receiving Accomodations on SAT and ACT is on the Rise

SAT and ACT Score Requirements at Pennsylvania Area Colleges

April 2012 Newsletter

Dr. Tamar Chansky Answers Your Questions About Test Anxiety

March 2012 Newsletter

College Completion Rates

February 2012 Newsletter

January 2012 Newsletter

Podcast: Answers to Parents' Questions About the College Admissions Process (Part I)

Podcast: Answers to Parents' Questions About the College Admissions Process (Part 2)

Podcast: Answers to Parents' Questions About the College Admissions Process (Part 3)

Podcast: Answers to Parents' Questions About the College Admissions Process (Part 4)

December 2011 Newsletter

October 2011 Newsletter

Consider the ACT as an Alternative to the SAT

SAT and ACT Questions of the Day

September 2011 Newsletter

Should My Child Prepare for Both the SAT and ACT Exams?

What is the dollar value of earning a college degree?

July 2011 Newsletter

June 2011 Newsletter

The Sleep Needs of Children and Teenagers

May 2011 Newsletter

April 2011 Newsletter

March 2011 Newsletter

Help for Test Anxiety

Dyslexia Simulation at Center School in Abington, PA

Making College Affordable: Tips and Information for Families

Crazy U

February 2011 Newsletter

January 2011 Newsletter

A Blast from the Past: SAT Questions Through the Ages

December 2010 Newsletter

Change the Equation Science and Math Video Contest

Kids Master Mathematics When They're Challenged But Supported

November 2010 Newsletter

Applying for Extra Time and Other Accommodations on the SAT and ACT Exams

Financial Aid Keeps Up With Rising Tuition

October 2010 Newsletter

New A+ Facebook Page!

Hilarious Physics Lessons!

Preparing your Student for College Applications

Keystone Exams Are Coming!

September 2010 Newsletter

July/August 2010 Newsletter

Don't Forget To Write!

Preparation is Key to Success on SAT

Colleges Provide Additional Help Determining Cost of Attending

Should The SAT And ACT Be Untimed?

May 2010 A+ Newsletter

How to Estimate Almost Anything!

April 2010 A+ Newsletter

Mathematics Explained!

More Colleges Accepting the Common App

March 2010 Newsletter

Is it really a good idea to use Score Choice on the ACT or SAT?

February 2010 Newsletter

An Outsider's View of the American Educational System

A+ Newsletter Referenced on Secret Builders Blog

Colleges Market "No Fee" Applications to Woo Students

January 2010 Newsletter

Rethinking "Learning Styles"

December 2009 Newsletter

WSJ On Campus: Can What You Post on Facebook Affect College Admission?

Wall Street Journal on Campus

Special Education Advocacy Training

New York Times 'The Choice' Aims to Shed Light on College Admissions Process

The American Education System Needs Some Help

Confusion About the College Board's New Score Choice Policy

Vision Therapy Determined to be Ineffective in Treatment of Dyslexia and Other Learning Disabilities

A New Look at The College Admissions Process

Eco-Libris Celebrates Its 2 Year Birthday

Federal Government Provides Relief for Student Borrowers

Successful College Savings

'Common App' To Be Updated

Why Private Colleges Might Not Cost As Much As You Think

College Students Using Credit Cards to Pay for Education

Positive Association Between Attention-Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder Medication Use and Academic Achievement During Elementary School

IQ Not Set in Stone

Free College Counseling Blog Provides Advice to Students and Parents

Free SAT Prep Website Helps Students Prepare for the Big Test

Calculator Use on the SAT and ACT Exams

The I's Have It

Classic Literature Now Available in Manga Format

A+ Staff Development Meeting

Recess is Found to Improve Behavior in School

Study Sees an Obama Effect as Lifting Black Test-Takers

Socioeconomic Disparities Affect Prefrontal Function in Children.

SAT and SAT Subject Test Score Choice

How do we hire when we can’t tell who’s right for the job?

Perceptual Processing & Executive Functioning

The 7 Keys to Reading Comprehension

Are SAT Scores Really Predictive of College Success? Another Look at the SAT.

Help for Unmotivated Students

Finding the College That's the Right Fit for You

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