The New SAT: The Evidence-Based Reading and Writing Section

(This is the second of two articles about the new SAT. Part one, “The New SAT: The Optional Essay Isn’t Optional,” was featured in our September, 2016, blog.) In our last blog, “The New SAT: The Optional Essay Isn’t Optional,” we provided detailed information on the essay portion of the newly-designed SAT, as well as…

The New SAT: The Optional Essay Isn’t Optional

(This is the first of two articles about the new SAT. Part two, “The Evidence-Based Reading and Writing Section,” will follow next month, so be sure to check back.) In March, 2016, the College Board released a newly designed SAT. One major change that comes with the new SAT is an optional essay. Before this…

The Common Application Essay for 2016-2017: What’s New

  Good news for future college applicants: The Common Application now allows completed 2015-2016 application information to roll over to the 2016-2017 application, including the essay. Students can also familiarize themselves with the application from 9th grade forward, making the process more user-friendly and less intimidating and stressful by the time senior year “crunch time”…

Independent & Dependent Clauses vs. Phrases: Know the Parts of a Sentence

A clause must have a subject and a verb, whether it is independent or dependent. An independent clause expresses a complete idea that can stand alone (example: “Tony jumped the fence.”). A dependent clause does not express a complete idea; although it has a subject and a verb, it needs additional information to complete the…

Resume Content: Less Is More

Resumes Should Be Streamlined In today’s day of one-line Tweets, social media posts, and texts, brevity with words has become an art of its own. We have become accustomed to quickly surveying bits of information, skimming for only the essentials as the rest is sifted away for us. Although beyond the world of social media…

Commonly Used Words with Alternate Spellings: Take Your Pick!

There are many words that can be spelled multiple ways, adding to the confusion that surrounds the English language. Usually, one version is preferred over or used more commonly than the other, making alternate spellings appear wrong. Most of the preferred versions are simply shorter, which is not surprising with today’s language trends to write…

Is It Okay to End a Sentence with a Preposition?

Many of us learned that it is incorrect to end a sentence with a preposition. Prepositions generally establish a relationship between other words or clauses, such as a relationship in time or position, an explanation of how something is done, the reason behind something, or possession (above, after, beneath, beside, during, for, with, up, etc.)….

Resumes and Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS): How to Get Through with Success

Technological advancements have taken over the workplace, going so far as to replace the human workforce in some instances. By the same token, technology has also seized command of the job application process through applicant tracking systems (ATS). As many of you know, most resumes are initially scanned by an ATS before they are reviewed…

What Is Grammar Anyway?

National Grammar Day is a U.S. holiday that comes every March 4th. Most people do not know and probably do not care about this holiday that pales in comparison to other late winter/ early spring festive holidays such as Mardi Gras, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, and even Groundhog Day. However, when it comes to academic…

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