Sample SAT Essay #2

The essay below was written by SAT Varsity students in an interactive session with their verbal trainers. It can be used as a sample SAT essay: Prompt: What brings you more happiness or unhappiness? What happens to you or the way you respond to it?   Happiness or unhappiness come from the way we react […]

Battle of the Ps and Why You Need to Be in It

The world of young adults can be viewed in a typical dichotomy that is brain vs heart. And the fact of the matter is, this is not unlike the kind of people that inhabit this world – the passion-driven dreamers and the careful, calculating pragmatists. In terms of each of our hunts for our dream […]

4 Steps to Take for Having a Productive Gap Year

Taking a gap year is one of the most increasingly popular pastime for students freshly coming out high school. Basically, taking a gap year means delaying college education by a year to pursue an academic, extracurricular or career-oriented passion or goal. However, it is not advisable for anybody to take a gap year for any […]

A Sample SAT Essay: Can Success Be Disastrous?

The essay below was written by SAT Varsity students in an interactive session with their verbal trainers. It can be used as a sample SAT essay: By definition, success means the achievement of a goal set by a person in his or her mind. However, sometimes the same success can be disastrous as it may […]

School Spotlight #4: Yale University

Basics: Yale University, is a private Ivy League research university located in New haven, Connecticut. It is one of the world’s most coveted universities of the day. It was founded in 1701 with the motto “Light and Truth” and is the 3rd oldest institution of higher education in the US. Admission to Yale College is […]

Power of Review

There is constant debate raging over which of the two should be entitled to more time in a perfect study plan – the actual studying or the periodic reviewing of all the studying done.   And there is only one thing I keep thinking of constantly whenever I am asked for my take on it. […]

3 Reasons Why a Liberal Arts Degree Makes Sense

There is a lot of skepticism about a Liberal Arts degree that continues to circulate, especially in a predominantly orthodox nation like ours. But the more you think about it, the more it starts making sense to explore those areas of study as career paths and means to happiness. Personally, pursuing a Liberal Arts program […]

School Spotlight #3: New York University

Basics: New York University is the largest private, nonprofit American research university. A melting pot of the world’s cultures, it is located at Greenwich Village in Lower Manhattan. The university has also established NYU Abu Dhabi, NYU Shanghai and maintains 11 other Global Academic Centres. NYU is #27 in Academic Ranking of World Universities.   […]

College Crises: Where Teamwork Matters

What do you do when one mind isn’t enough to resolve a crisis? We have been told time and again since the days our cognitive functioning begins that if you can’t do it alone, work in a team and that will get the job done. Surprisingly enough, collaborative ventures are almost always more successful than […]

Time Management in a Nutshell

The biggest pitfall in any college-going student’s life is the perpetual deficit of time, be it for extracurriculars, due assignments and even social commitments. One of your biggest strengths, in impressing prospective employers or bolstering your graduate school CVs, will lie in your efficiency as a masterful manager of time. And if you ruminate on […]

Avoiding College Waitlist Mistakes

Did all your reach schools put you on a waitlist? Are you flustered by the thought of what you should do in that position, regardless of whether you are in it or in the unlikely scenario that you might be? Well, whatever the case may be, you have to remember that the biggest mistake you […]

School Spotlight #2: UC, Berkeley

Basics: The University of California, Berkeley is the flagship university of the University of California system. Their motto in English is, “Let there be light.” The U.S. News has ranked UCB 3rd on its 2015 Best Global Universities rankings. It is also ranked fourth in the world overall and first among public universities, by The […]

On Organizational Skills

There is a growing emphasis, alongside hard study skills, on the relevance and significance of developing soft skills in a time when the college application volume of most of the top prestigious schools is rising exponentially every year. Examiners aren’t just looking for students who have breezed through high school, but individuals who they can […]

4 Easy Life Hacks to Get Involved in College

As international students at schools in a foreign land, it is unsurprising to find ourselves in awkward and challenging social situations, from which the only extrication possible has to be self-driven. Making friends doesn’t come naturally to everybody, and that’s okay. It is an increasingly testy and time-consuming task to fit in with a more […]

How to Get Your Dream Internship(s)

Internships are an indispensable part of the resume of every competitive employee and mirror both the individual’s capability and proclivity to go the extra mile when it comes to achieving the goals he or she may have set out with. They are a living proof of your skills and resilience as tried and tested in […]

School Spotlight #1: Purdue University

Basics: Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana is the flagship university of the six-campus Purdue University system. Purdue is especially known for its competitive courses offered in engineering, technology and agriculture. A place known as The Cradle of Astronauts, Purdue is the home of highly advanced curricula in aviation and spaceflight, and of world-renowned astronauts […]

Test Day Checklist

With the SATs right around the corner,here’s a definitive list of 4 essentials you’re going to need going headfirst into the test:   1. Your Admission Ticket. Carrying your admission ticket is paramount as without it, you are faceless to the ETS. You can print your admission ticket right after you register for your exam. […]

3 Ways in Which Internships are Great for You

I think that a majority of us have had a teacher at some point in high school who could not simply help but overstate the importance of the role an internship can play in our lives. As painfully annoying as that may have seemed at the time to all of us – and it’s nothing […]

How to Be Calculator-Smart in 5 Easy Steps

Contrary to popular belief, every question on the SAT can be solved without the help of a calculator. Nonetheless, surveys show that the judicious usage of calculators may very well help students to reach a better score on the same test attempted calculator-less.   This necessitates the following things/steps for every student who wants to […]

Preparing for College: Things to Remember

Imagine this: you’re past the final hurdle of the college application process, with the end of which a big pile of your life’s worries have also come to a close. One casual evening, you’re watching YouTube videos and sipping on your coffee, and you see a pop-up in the corner of your laptop screen. It’s […]

College Checklist: Orientation

Going to college, we are all susceptible to feeling invincible and like we know everything there is to know. As a matter of fact, that’s one experience I went through less than a month ago. However, one thing I’ve realized in the last couple of days is just how important the college orientation programs are. […]

SAT Scores: 4 Ways to Make Them Count

SAT scores are an indistinguishable part of any competitive college application. Thus, it becomes crucial to put both thought and work into building up on this aspect of your college application, and here’s how: Shoot for the stars: The most important key is to aim high. The higher you set your target, the more incentivized […]

5 Tips on Registering for Classes & More

For me, one of the toughest and fascinating things about pursuing a higher education in the United States has by far been the painstaking (but also rewarding) process of selecting your own classes. Much like the other American collegiate trends, the online registration process was a little daunting for an international student like me at […]

Fix It Yourself – Common College Application Mistakes

The prequel of this article talked about 4 major college application mistakes that reflect negatively on you. Thus, as a follow-up, it is of utmost importance to read up and pay equal attention to how you can steer clear of the talked-about application mistakes with these quick fixes:   Attention to detail: While this is […]

Are You Also Making These Common College Application Mistakes?

The college application process is something almost all people go through at one point in time. So it is very natural to find the most amount of advice pieces circulating on the Internet that revolve exclusively around this subject. However, it is also commonsensical to observe that most of these articles address the issue of […]

3 Cheat Ways to Study for Your SAT

Reading books is a matter of personal taste. That being said, the amount of reading called for by the SAT might seem like an insurmountable task to some of the test-takers. Thus, it only makes sense to sometimes resort to these shortcut methods of preparing yourself for test day.   1. Sparknotes: This website is […]

Your Own SAT Reading List

We all know and understand how important reading is for the development of our vocabulary, reading and analytical skills, if not many more. However, little do we realize that recreational reading can be very effectively turned into an SAT vocabulary-boosting tool just by squeezing some time out of our joy reading times for a few […]

3 Things to Consider Before You Sign Your Housing Contract

Most universities in the United States and beyond require all incoming freshmen to live on campus for the bare minimum of one year as a university policy. This necessitates proper authorisation of the housing options that are available in your respective university and a great deal of understanding which one is the perfect fit for […]

3 Myths About the SAT Essay Debunked

Among the SAT myths, these are the most common: 1. The essay template is my bible: WRONG. While the SAT has proven its tendency to gravitate towards a rather formulaic way of arriving at solutions, a cookie-cutter approach to your essay doesn’t quite cut it. Different templates are created in the first place only to […]

Knowing Your Grammar

Grammar has always been something that we all take for granted, at one point of time in our lives. The likelihood of this quadruples especially when a subject like Math is also in the running for your attention, time and energy. And why shouldn’t it? Math is terrifying to more people rather than less. The […]

Compartmentalization and What It Can Do

If there was any way to explain time management and compartmentalization without sounding less than remotely preachy, we would have done that. But since we, at SAT Varsity, are committed to our students’ SAT goals, we’re still going to take one flying crack at it. While there may be no secret recipe to success on […]

Why Take the SAT?

Anybody who has slightly touched upon studying abroad is most likely to be familiar with the SAT. Initiation of a US-based organization, the CollegeBoard, this test is not only the most widely accepted standard for colleges within the United States, but is also hugely significant in the eyes of universities all around the globe. Twenty […]

5 Things to Remember When You’re Preparing for the SAT

The SAT can be very confusing at first sight, but the right thing to do is not to panic, get working and crack the code of this apparently impossible test. I was extremely flustered after my first few digs at several diagnostic tests for the SAT, but with the right kind of help, I overcame […]

SAT: Why Practice Tests?

All students at SAT Varsity have to take an SAT diagnostic test before or after enrolment, followed by a series of Practice Tests that become progressively harder until they reach a level that’s par to the level of difficulty of the actual test. Some of you may be thinking, Why should there be practice tests […]

3 Steps to Boosted Efficiency in Life

Let’s all face it. In one way or the other, all of us could be at least marginally more productive – whether it pertains to working out, studying, doing our homework, learning our SAT vocabulary, writing our college application essays and more; rarely do we find within ourselves the motivation or energy to break through […]

Acceptable Calculators at the SAT Exam

So what’s an acceptable calculator at the SAT Exam? Well, any graphing, scientific or four-function calculator is permitted on the SAT, though the latter is not recommended. For better clarity, you may read the Calculator Primer published by the CollegeBoard.   What is and isn’t allowed for the SAT® on test day Every mathematics question […]

Smell You Later, Procrastinator

Are you plagued by a constant battle between study goals and urges to procrastinate? If you are, then you may well join this club. Almost all of us have been through the phase when we are just too uninspired to hit the books, even when the deadline is lurking around the corner. Well, no more. […]

SATVarsity recommends Top 3 SAT Learning Apps

We should all be grateful to be born in this glorious epoch of time for a diverse variety of reasons. The top reason being that it is only in this age and time that we can be learning all the time – and that too on our phone! Do you know that new apps are […]

Winds Of Change – 5 Pointers On The New SAT

I am sure all of you must have read at least one from the multitude of articles about the brand new SAT that have swamped nearly every tabloid, blog and page there exists on the Internet and beyond. But before you wipe your slates clean, here’s a quick glance at what is and isn’t part […]

Guessing on Your SAT

Recent headlines have put forth myriad stories on the new SAT and how it will differ from the current SAT. Some of these stories stipulate that the wrong-answer penalty will no longer apply starting from the Spring 2016 exam. Even now, guessing on the SAT continues to be one of the highly underrated strategies that […]

University Connection in Dehradun

We at University Connection and SATVarsity are proud to announce the active participation of Charushilla Narula, Founder and Key Mentor, in the Welham Boys’ School Career Fair that took place on the 10th of April. The host school saw an incredible turnout including all major schools from the Dehradun valley. Mrs. Bindra, the Principal of […]

The Tree Climbing Fish

Note to reader: Do not be mislead by the title. The only tree that you need to climb is the one that takes you closer to a stellar SAT score. In the immortal words of the legendary Albert Einstein, “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a […]

When to Take the SAT

A lot of anxiety and uncertainty revolve around the question of when is the right time to take the SAT. There are two schools of thought that continue to prevail:   1. As a major trend within the United States, parents make their children take the SAT repeatedly starting at an early age. They do […]

Tips for Ivy League Admission

Ivy League admissions are dodgy, as one has no guarantees to be admitted, even when one meets the highest benchmarks for acceptance. One of the most highly reputed Ivy League universities in the US, Stanford, has a remarkably low acceptance rate of around 5.1 per cent, which can create a lot of anxiety in the […]

Are you a Working Parent?

I have been working all my life and logically so, when I become a parent, everyone around me said that now I am a ‘working – parent’. But very early into parenthood, I realized that the phrase was a lie! It was a put together in the reverse! As soon as I decided to bring […]


See-Saw Parenting

Imagine you are on a see-saw. Now imagine you are on a see-saw with your four-year old. Would you just put all your weight on one side and let the little fellow hang in the air on the other side? Hopefully not! Instead, you would perhaps drop your weight and release it so as to […]