Brian McElroy's Tutoring Blog

The QAS (Question and Answer Service) for the SAT, and the TIR (Test Information Release) for the ACT: What are they, and why do they matter?

Posted 2019-05-03

Breaking down the important details of the SAT's QAS (Question and Answer Service) and the ACT's TIR (Test Information Release). Keep Reading

Yield Rate vs. Acceptance Rate at America's Top 25 National Universities / Colleges

Posted 2018-09-26

Although you may have never heard of a college's "yield rate" (percent of admitted students who decide to enroll), it's actually the very best indicator of a college's greatness. Keep Reading

An Exhaustive List of all 96 (and counting!) Real, Official LSAT exams from LSAC, including paper tests on Amazon, free PDF downloads, LSAT India tests and even Kindle versions.

Posted 2018-12-20

An epic, comprehensive list of links to every version of every official LSAT that can be found for free or for purchase, anywhere online. Keep Reading

My Top 13 ACT Prep Resources, Ranked.

Posted 2019-01-25

I'm a Harvard grad, ACT perfect scorer and professional test-prep tutor since 2002. Below are my top 13 recommendations for ACT prep practice tests, strategy and learning books, online learning programs, videos, and the like : Keep Reading

My Top 11 SAT Prep Resources, Ranked.

Posted 2019-01-22

I'm a Harvard Grad, SAT/ACT perfect scorer, and professional SAT test-prep tutor since 2002. Below are my top 11 personal recommendations for SAT prep practice tests, strategy and learning books, online learning programs, videos, and the like : Keep Reading

I Scored a Perfect 36 on the ACT.

Posted 2018-10-23

In April of 2018 I scored a perfect 36/36/36/36 on the ACT exam, my 7th and final attempt. Keep Reading

Are the SAT and ACT "equated" beforehand, "curved" after the test, or both? The answer may surprise you.

Posted 2019-05-17

There is a common misconception that SATs and ACTs are "curved" before the test instead of after, when in reality there are two separate processes that determine the raw to scaled score conversion : "equating" pre-test, and "scaling/curving/smoothing" post-exam. Keep Reading

SAT and ACT Test Dates, 2018-2019

Posted 2019-04-12

A full list of SAT and ACT Test Dates for the 2018-19 academic year. Keep Reading

Expert Skype Tutoring: Online Test Prep for SAT, ACT, LSAT, GMAT & GRE with a Harvard Grad & Perfect Scorer.

Posted 2019-02-17

The geographical walls that once limited my reach as a tutor are continuing to fall. Keep Reading

SAT Action Plan: How to Study and Prepare for the SAT College Entrance Exam

Posted 2019-05-05

A 10-Step Study Plan to Prepare any Student for the New SAT. Keep Reading

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