Summer Spotlight: Parker

Our teachers spent their summers around the world doing exciting internships, co-ops, and studying.

Parker shares with us his experiences in London on a Chemical Engineering program:

“This summer I was fortunate enough to study abroad in London at the Imperial College. The college has equipment on site used for capturing CO2 from the air directly and I had the chance to run the plant with others. From exploring Stonehenge to the Roman Baths to the streets along the Thames River, this summer was one I will never forget!”

Below is a picture of Parker at Stonehenge enjoying some classic rock.

We are so proud of our teachers!

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Sid's Advice for Students Preparing for the SAT and ACT

We asked one of our top teachers the 3 questions US News and World Report suggests asking former test takers. Here are his responses!

  1. What most surprised you about the ACT or SAT?

    “What always surprised me most about the SAT was how much slower I went through questions on test day. The fear of making mistakes on the real test forced me to go through the questions meticulously. To account for this, I practiced by giving myself less time for each section.”

  2. If you were to retake the ACT or SAT now, what would you change about your test prep plan?

    “If I were to retake the SAT, I would focus more attention on the Reading section. I would spend more time working on a strategy for highlight the main ideas of each paragraph in a passage.”

  3. What one study technique was most effective for you?

    “The most effective technique for me was taking full length tests and then reviewing my mistakes. After I found areas I struggled with, I would do individual practice problems”

Sid is a rising 4th year in Aerospace Engineering at Georgia Tech. He spent this summer studying abroad in Galway, Ireland. Thank you so much for your answers, Sid!

There is still time to sign up for our SAT and ACT prep classes this fall!

How Important are SAT and ACT for college admissions?

One of the most frequent questions we get at is how important academics are for college admissions. Specifically, many students ask us about standardized tests and GPA. In this article, we will break down the frequently asked questions about standardized tests, the academic index, and way to think about how academics as a whole...

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By Ishan Puri

Welcome to the Alexander Academy Test Prep and Tutoring Blog!


Our Test Prep and Tutoring Blog is a great place for students and parents to find class announcements, upcoming class dates, and test taking-taking tips and strategies as well as general information about the SAT and ACT. Posts will include articles written by our staff as well as recent news items involving the SAT and ACT. We hope you find it helpful!

-Matthew Schuck, Co-Founder, Alexander Academy


A New York City SAT tutor shares his best advice for students freaking out: 'Make it boring'

The SAT and ACT are some of the most high-stakes tests a high-school student can take. So it's understandable why many students experience anxiety surrounding the exams.

Still, freaking out while taking a test isn't ideal, since it normally means you lose some focus and risk hurting your score...

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By Abby Jackson, Mar. 15, 2017


ACT announces July test date for 2018

Starting in 2018, ACT will begin offering students the opportunity to take the ACT test in July, increasing the number of national ACT test dates from six to seven.

“Students, educators and colleges have told us they would like to see an extra test date prior to early admission and application deadlines, and we have listened,” said ACT Chief Commercial Officer Suzana Delanghe. “This additional test date will allow students to focus on their coursework while they are in school and prepare for the ACT test during the summer.”...

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By Nancy Griesmer, Feb. 22, 2017