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Transform Academic Anxiety Into Confidence

Raising Reading Levels Makes Everything Easier

Teens’ big academic transitions often come with anxiety. But they don’t have to. Whether your child’s next step involves the SAT or ACT, entering high school, or a college launch, there’s one essential ingredient that can make everything easier: the confidence to read and comprehend complex texts at an advanced level. And Zinc can help them get there.

For the first time, we’re sharing Zinc’s innovative approach to raising reading levels in a new streamlined format. Zinc’s Summer Reading Launch gives students access to Zinc’s cutting-edge, online reading growth tools, which have been shown in a College Board study to have a significant impact on PSAT scores. Throughout the flexible, four-week program, they’ll also get guidance from a dedicated Zinc coach via chat and one-on-one calls.

We’re extremely excited about the power of this program to relieve anxiety and deliver excellence. From SAT/ACT prep to private school entrance exams to college admissions, raising reading levels makes everything easier.

Want to know more? Send us an email to find out how Zinc’s Summer Reading Launch can help your child. 

Price: $500; financial aid available to all qualified families.

The New Digital SAT Part 2

Notes on the Math Section Students in the US will take the new digital SAT starting in March 2024. There are a few structural changes to the new digital SAT math section. While they’re important to be aware of, in general they don’t make for a huge overhaul to SAT math.  The first change is […]

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The New Digital SAT part 1

Notes on the Reading/Writing Section The most striking difference in the new SAT Reading/Writing section is the length of passages. The new SAT uses what they call “discrete questions”; i.e. one short passage (25-150 words) followed by a single question. This is a departure from the paper version, which included fewer longer passages followed by […]

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For International Students, the Digital SAT Launches This Spring

Who will take the digital SAT? International students will take the digital SAT starting March 11, 2023. If you have a current senior planning to take the December SAT outside the US, they’ll still take the paper version. All other students should plan to familiarize themselves with the digital version. For US students, the SAT […]

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A Closer Look at the New Digital SAT

U.S Students Will See the New Test in 2024 We’ve got more information from College Board on what the new digital SAT will look like. While the new test covers the same skills and knowledge as the current version, students taking the digital test will see some significant updates: Timing: The new digital SAT will […]

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Put Down the Calculator for a Minute

Why We Teach Mental Math Can you multiply simple two-digit numbers, like 39 times 24, in your head? Hang on a minute, you may be asking. Why would I do that when I can just pick up my calculator? That’s true, and there are times when a calculator may be a better option. But we […]

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So… You Haven’t Started Test Prep Yet?

Here’s Where to Begin There’s no one right way to get ready for the SAT or ACT, and every student’s timeline looks different. If your New Year’s resolution involves getting started, we’ve got three things to keep in mind to make the process effective, sane, and yes—enjoyable! Diagnose and Study Strategically:Poring over endless practice tests […]

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What to Know about the PSAT

Most 11th graders will take the PSAT in October What is this test?A slightly easier version of the SAT, the PSAT provides a snapshot of where students are now, with minimal or no studying. It’s good practice, introducing them to what’s on the SAT and getting them used to taking standardized tests. Who takes it?In October, […]

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SAT/ACT Boot Camps

Check out our latest video! We asked Dan Lerman, Director of Intensive Studies at Zinc and founder of Zinc’s SAT/ACT Boot Camps, about the benefits of immersive test prep and what students gain from our two-week, half day programs. Watch Dan’s video introduction to Boot Camps here:

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Skipping + Coming Back

The Zinc Method for Success When taking the test–or doing anything else where you need to use your brain–your goal is to work smarter, not harder. Zinc tutors coach students in skipping and coming back, our test-taking method for harnessing your brain power. When you master the method, you maximize your time, get more questions […]

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