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Peak performance under pressure doesn’t just happen. Success isn’t owned, as football powerhouse JJ Watt said. “It’s leased and rent is due every day.” We achieve the highest levels of achievement in any endeavor by taking advantage of the two drivers of personal performance: a plan and practice. Thus, anyone prepping for the SAT & ACT should work from a plan developed directly or indirectly by highly trained and experienced test prep professionals. Practice, on the other hand, depends on working with practice material that perfectly replicates official test questions, sections, and full tests. Many publishers offer practice exams designed to mimic what the College Board and ACT, Inc. deliver, but none of these resources can ever truly replicate the efforts of the test makers themselves. For this reason, we recommend that students always practice on official tests, ideally under proctored conditions. Each test maker publishes one official book of…

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No one who lived through the 80s could forget Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, Robin Leach’s encomium to American opulence. But wealth, at its best, offers much more than lavish mansions and gold-plated yachts. Once life’s necessities have been taken care of, parents and children alike are free to dream, to plan, and then to devote resources to achieving even the loftiest of aspirations. And what is more aspirational than college admissions? The SAT might have been created to democratize college admissions but the oft-reviled exam has, in recent decades, been condemned as a “wealth test” or, even worse, a Student Affluence Test. However, critics who point out the correlation between student success and parent income tend to unfairly minimize the contributions of the former in favor of the latter. Anyone with experience in standardized testing can assure you that scores cannot be purchased. Wealth may open access to…

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