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College Admissions: The Pressures of College Entrance Exams

In an increasingly competitive college admissions environment, college applicants are feeling the pressure. With more students than ever applying to college and competing for a limited number of spots at universities, it’s not surprising that college entrance exams like the SAT and ACT cause a good amount of stress. But it’s important to keep in mind that YOU’RE MORE THAN A TEST SCORE!

While there’s no use denying that SAT and ACT scores are an important piece of your application and student profile–they’re not everything.  Four years of hard work and good grades (hopefully) in high school  are not erased with one standardized test score.

That being said, the SAT and ACT are tests that can be mastered through hard work and time commitment. (more…)

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Vocab Videos & Competitive Edge Tutors

Bonnie Snyder, of Competitive Edge Tutors, with a few of her students.

Vocabulary prep is a crucial part of a student’s SAT and ACT preparation. Vocab Videos provides a unique and innovative online platform that helps students learn SAT vocabulary words. The vocabulary system leverages verbal, auditory, and visual cues in hilarious, professionally crafted short videos to demonstrate the meanings of over 500 rigorously-researched, high value SAT words. In addition to the videos, the online platform also includes extensive downloadable test and review material.  Vocab Videos’ humorous plot lines and engaging characters make it an effective and entertaining vocabulary system, and one learning system that your kids will truly enjoy!

An increased vocabulary will not only benefit young students in the future in terms of test preparation, but will help them to become better readers, writers, and interpreters of information as they progress toward higher education. To encourage students to get a headstart on their vocabulary, A-List is offering Competitive Edge Tutors’ students 25% off a Vocab Videos subscription! While Vocab Videos is intended for high school students, many middle teachers and students throughout the country are making use of the vocabulary system; however, we would advise that parents review Vocab Videos content at www.vocabvideos.com/our-vocab-videos.html before getting their young scholars started.

Take a look around and enjoy Vocab Videos!

*Bonnie Snyder and her company, Competitive Edge Tutors,  provide test prep for all pre-school through 6th grade tests (i.e. ERB, Stanford Binet, NY State ELA and Math exams, ISEE/SSAT).  To go back to the Competitive Edge website and to find details of this discount, please click here.

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A New Breed of SAT Program: Business Wire Features Vocab Videos!

A-List Education Incorporates Teacher Training into New Breed of SAT Program at Two New Jersey High Schools

A-List Collaborates with Paramus High School and North Bergen High School on Unique SAT Programs Offered at No Cost to Students

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–A-List Education (A-List), leading experts in standardized test preparation, announced today the launch of SAT consulting and teacher training initiatives at Paramus High School (Paramus) and North Bergen High School (North Bergen) of New Jersey. The training programs equip the schools with the resources necessary to manage their own, in-house SAT preparation courses that can be offered free of charge to their students. This arrangement allows Paramus and North Bergen teachers, who have first-hand knowledge of students’ proficiencies, to build on their relationships with students and provide them with an SAT program that is fundamentally tailored to their needs.

In the past, A-List has run successful SAT courses using its own instructors at tri-state area high schools including Dumont High School in New Jersey. Here, A-List developed a strong, working relationship with the Dumont School District’s then superintendent, Dr. James Montesano. Looking to build on the success of the Dumont program, where many students’ SAT scores increased in excess of 150 points, Dr. Montesano welcomed A-List into Paramus, where he is currently superintendent of schools. This time Dr. Montesano asked A-List to work directly with teachers to create a customized SAT program implementing A-List’s materials and methodologies, enabling teachers to utilize them with each new junior class.

“Most students can’t afford to spend thousands of dollars on test preparation,” Scott Farber, president and co-founder of A-List said. “Schools can play a vital role and by training their teachers can offer outstanding SAT instruction at no cost to their students. It’s our hope to bring this program to high schools across the nation and to level the playing field.”

The program begins with senior A-List instructors conducting extensive seminars for the schools’ English and math teachers, equipping them with the content and strategies necessary for students to master the SAT. Teachers receive The A-List Book of Knowledge and companion teaching aids that offer explanations of answers and give detailed pedagogical reasoning about what types of mistakes students make and how to correct them. Students use A-List’s Vocab Videos, an innovative online vocabulary system, to learn more than 500 of the most frequently tested SAT words. Throughout the program, A-List provides the schools with detailed score reports that assess each student’s progress, indicate to teachers where a student is struggling, and suggest techniques to help improve scores. In addition, A-List consults with Paramus and North Bergen administrators to develop a customized curriculum and course structure, ensuring the program fits seamlessly into the school day.

“I’ve seen firsthand what A-List can do,” said Dr. Montesano, superintendent of schools, Paramus, NJ. “A-List’s SAT teacher training program allows the district to leverage its own assets and to institutionalize A-List’s proven approach to test prep. Their comprehensive materials and Vocab Videos are extraordinarily effective resources. Students, teachers, and the Paramus School District will all benefit from this program.”

Both Paramus and North Bergen high schools now have the capabilities to develop sustainable, high-quality programming that they can offer at no cost to their students through the A-List approach to in-school SAT programs.

About A-List Education

A-List Education (www.alisteducation.com) is an innovative provider of educational services for students, schools, and non-profit organizations. The company is dedicated to helping students achieve their academic goals and successfully prepare for undergraduate and graduate studies. A-List’s services include standardized test preparation, academic tutoring and college admissions advising. Through private tutoring, classroom based programs and online services, such as Vocab Videos (www.vocabvideos.com) and College Essay Organizer (www.collegeessayorganizer.com); A-List has helped thousands of students through its unique and highly effective programs and services. Using customized curricula and proprietary materials, A-List prepares students for standardized tests such as the SAT, ISEE, ACT and GRE. A-List is also committed to helping underprivileged youth and works with several nationally recognized original non-profit organizations, including Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Harlem Children’s Zone and Year Up.

About Vocab Videos

Vocab Videos (www.vocabvideos.com) is an entertaining and effective learning system that brings vocabulary to life. Leveraging humor, pop culture and engaging characters, Vocab Videos helps increase student understanding and retention of vocabulary words through verbal, auditory and visual cues. Vocab Videos employs proven educational methodologies to help students learn more than 500 frequently tested words found in high school level English classes and on college admissions tests like the SAT and ACT.

For more information about Paramus High School, please visit http://www.paramusschools.org/ppsd/

For more information about North Bergen High School, please visit http://www.northbergen.k12.nj.us/northbergen/site/default.asp

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EducationNews.org Features Vocab Videos!

Check out the article below, or find us on http://educationnews.org/.

An Interview with Scott Farber: Word Learning.

Written By: Michael F. Shaughnessy Senior Columnist EducationNews.org

1)      I understand that A-List Education has introduced a new product, Vocab Videos. What is this all about?

Vocab Videos (www.vocabvideos.com) is an entertaining and effective learning system that brings vocabulary to life. Leveraging humor, pop culture and engaging characters, Vocab Videos help increase student understanding and retention of vocabulary words through verbal, auditory and visual cues. Vocab Videos employ proven educational methodologies to help students learn more than 500 frequently tested words found in high school level English classes and on college admissions tests like the SAT and ACT.

2)      How long are these videos and how many are there?

The videos tend to run 20 seconds to no more than a minute and currently there are over 500 words available on the website, with plans to develop many more over the coming year.  We wanted to make them short enough to keep the focus on illustrating the word itself, but the individual videos also come together to form “episodes” with extended plot lines and featured characters.

3)      I hear that Vocab Videos engages students by using popular television shows.  What are some of these shows?  Are you using the A- TEAM?

Getting students to engage with vocabulary content isn’t always easy.  We realized that an innovative method had to connect the Web 2.0 world and pop culture elements high school students see every day.  The VV episodes parody popular shows including Gossip Girl, Lost, 24 and the Office, as well as horror movies and Will Ferrell’s off beat sports movies.  As yet we have no videos using the A-Team, but the possibilities are endless.

4)      Are they in DVD or VHS format?

Vocab Videos are available through a Web-based service with monthly subscriptions of $9.99 or a twelve-month subscription for $49.99. Subscribers have unlimited access to content on the Vocab Videos website, including quizzes, review materials and video clips.

DVDs of Vocab Videos will soon be available on Amazon.com and in retail stores. There are no VHS versions.

5)       You are using a basic premise that I believe the Dolch lists espoused to help them learn  the most frequently found vocabulary words- was this your intention?

We found that many of our students struggled to learn words using traditional flashcards or by simply looking up new words in a dictionary.  We decided to develop a system that would make it easier and more enjoyable for students to expand their vocabulary by engaging them with verbal, auditory and visual cues.

Similar to the Dolch methodology, we recognized that many students are visual learners but we wanted to go a step further and introduce the video component. Vocab Videos provides students with a real-world illustration of the meaning of the word and a visual memory that they connect to that word. Furthermore, we found that incorporating humor into the videos is a highly effective technique for connecting students to the content and promoting retention.

6)   These words seem to be found in advanced high school English classes and on college admissions tests.  How did you come about choosing them?

Recognizing the difficulty many students have learning new words through conventional means, A-List created Vocab Videos after intense analysis and research. We reviewed dozens of standardized exams and ran word frequency queries through a database.  In addition our experience working with thousands of students (as well as individual teachers and school districts) gives us a unique insight.  This teaching system employs proven educational methodologies and helps connect high school students with the content and expand their vocabulary, while entertaining them along the way.

7)      How has this “A-List Education” made studying easier and more enjoyable?

A-List is dedicated to helping students achieve their academic goals and successfully prepare for undergraduate and graduate studies. A-List’s services include standardized test preparation, academic tutoring and college admissions advising. Through private tutoring, classroom based programs and online services, such as Vocab Videos (www.vocabvideos.com) and College Essay Organizer (www.collegeessayorganizer.com), A-List has helped thousands of students through its unique and highly effective programs and services. Our goal has always been to really make learning more fun while leveraging technology and creativity to empower students and teachers.

8)      Do you have a web site where I can learn more? Or an 800 number?

You can reach A-List education at www.alisteducation.com and Vocab Videos at www.vocabvideos.com. The number is: 646.216.9187

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Vocab Videos Classroom SAT Program Featured on TV!

The Vocab Videos program in Paramus High School was featured on a special segment on News 12 NJ. Check it out!

See how educators are helping with SAT preparation and incorporating technology into the classroom. Students are learning essential SAT vocabulary, and having fun in the process!

  • Students, Vocab Videos is a fun and effective way to learn SAT and ACT vocabulary that can increase your SAT score up to 150 points!
  • Parents, your kids will enjoy Vocab Videos and it will help them get into their top-choice colleges!
  • Teachers, Vocab Videos can enhance vocabulary lessons and it gets results!

Check it out in action at Paramus High School, and consider giving Vocab Videos a try!

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Vocab Videos Brings Humor and Entertainment to Standardized Test Preparation and Education through Technology

Vocab Videos Introduces Entertaining Videos to Improve Comprehension and Retention of Difficult SAT Vocabulary Words

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–A-List Education, experts in standardized test preparation, academic tutoring and college admissions advising, announced today the launch of Vocab Videos, an entertaining and effective learning system that brings vocabulary to life. Leveraging humor, pop culture and engaging characters, Vocab Videos helps increase student understanding and retention of vocabulary words through verbal, auditory and visual cues. Vocab Videos teaches students more than 500 of the most frequently tested vocabulary words found in advanced high school English classes and on college admissions tests such as the SAT and ACT.

Recognizing the difficulty many students have learning new words through conventional means, A-List created Vocab Videos after intense analysis and research. This unique teaching system employs proven educational methodologies and helps connect high school students with the content and expand their vocabulary, while entertaining them along the way.

Parodies of popular television shows such as Lost, The Office, 24 and Gossip Girl appeal to students by making the content relevant, memorable and compelling. Students develop a more sophisticated understanding of vocabulary words and usage through Vocab Videos as compared to traditional methods, such as flashcards, that only promote short-term memorization.

Scott Farber, President of A-List explains, “I’ve worked with thousands of students and have seen firsthand how beneficial it can be to infuse educational materials with elements of entertainment and multimedia. Vocab Videos gets students excited about learning and parents and teachers see the positive results. We provide the necessary tools for students to excel in the vocabulary sections of standardized tests, including the SAT, ISEE, ACT and GRE.”

Vocab Videos offers a Web-based service with subscriptions available for $9.99 per month or $49.99 for a twelve-month subscription. Subscribers have unlimited access to content on the Vocab Videos website, including quizzes, review materials and video clips. (DVDs of Vocab Videos will soon be available on Amazon.com.)

A-List also offers Web portal customization and licensing agreements for teachers, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations enabling them to incorporate Vocab Videos into existing curricula. Vocab Videos can be used to enhance daily curricula, assist with standardized test preparation and generally prepare students for college. Schools and non-profit educational organizations throughout the United States are successfully instituting the Vocab Videos system.

About Vocab Videos

Vocab Videos (www.vocabvideos.com) is an entertaining and effective learning system that brings vocabulary to life. Leveraging humor, pop culture and engaging characters, Vocab Videos helps increase student understanding and retention of vocabulary words through verbal, auditory and visual cues. Vocab Videos employs proven educational methodologies to help students learn more than 500 frequently tested words found in high school level English classes and on college admissions tests such as the SAT and ACT.

About A-List Education

A-List Education (www.alisteducation.com) is an innovative provider of educational services for students, schools, and non-profit organizations. The company is dedicated to helping students achieve their academic goals and successfully prepare for undergraduate and graduate studies. A-List’s services include standardized test preparation, academic tutoring and college admissions advising. Through private tutoring, classroom based programs and online services, such as Vocab Videos (www.vocabvideos.com) and College Essay Organizer (www.collegeessayorganizer.com), A-List has helped thousands of students through its unique and highly effective programs and services. Using customized curricula and proprietary materials, A-List prepares students for standardized tests such as the SAT, ISEE, ACT and GRE. A-List is also committed to helping underprivileged youth and works with several nationally recognized non-profit organizations, including Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Graham Windham and Year Up.

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Vocab Videos: The Groundbreaking New Tool for Learning Vocabulary

A-List Launches YouTube Contest with $1,000 Grand Prize

NEW YORK–(Business Wire)–

A-List Services LLC, a leading test preparation and educational services company, launched a nationwide contest today on YouTube to promote Vocab Videos, a revolutionary new vocabulary product for high school students. The competition invites students and teachers to produce and submit short videos that illustrate the meanings of words frequently found on the SAT and other standardized tests. The contest runs until April 30 including a monthly prizes and a $1,000 Grand Prize. In addition, all entrants who submit 5 or more eligible videos will get a 1-month free subscription to Vocab Videos. More information on the contest is available on the Vocab Videos YouTube Channel.

Vocab Videos was developed over the last two years by the experienced tutors at A-List who, having prepared thousands of students for tests like the SAT and ACT, witnessed firsthand the difficulty many students have learning new words. Vocab Videos represents a new breed of vocabulary tool that leverages the huge appeal of online video content to thoroughly engage students. The videos use both audio and visual cues enabling students to learn and remember the meanings of words much more effectively than with traditional flashcards. Each video provides a real-world representation of the meaning of a word in a way that students can relate to and understand.

A-List hired Portal A Interactive to produce and direct the videos with professional actors. The videos are organized into episodes with absorbing plot lines and recurring characters, offering parodies of popular TV shows like Lost and The Office. The service comes with quizzes and review materials to help reinforce what students watch.

Vocab Videos has already attracted considerable interest from schools. Dr. James Montesano, Paramus School Superintendent, explains: “Vocab Videos presents a unique and innovative way to help students strengthen their vocabulary skills and improve their SAT performance. The videos will attract the interest of young adults and is a creative and entertaining way to impact student learning.”

Vocab Videos is available through a web-based platform where users can subscribe for 1 month ($9.99) or 12 months ($49.99). A DVD will soon be available on Amazon.com. Licensing agreements are available for schools and nonprofits.

A-Listis a dynamic test preparation and educational services company founded by a group of Ivy League graduates. Using customized curricula and proprietary materials, A-List prepares students for tests like the SAT, ACT, GMAT, GRE and LSAT as well as providing advising services for college admissions. A-List is committed to working with youth who may not otherwise have access to quality instruction and has partnered with several nationally recognized nonprofit organizations.

Portal A Interactive is a new media company specializing in online video production and distribution. By maintaining a keen sense of successful web content, Portal A has enabled clients in areas as diverse as entertainment and education to refine their message and deliver it to a targeted online audience.

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