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The New “New”

Every year we track admission scores, acceptance rates, and testing requirements of many schools. The data is used to provide a ball park figure. In our nearly decade of existence PVP Test Prep and Tutoring has tracked these scores and noticed a year-to-year trend of...

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Why You Should Choose PVP Test Prep

Why You Should Choose PVP Test Prep At PVP Test Prep we strive in providing test preparation options for all clients from a freshman in high school to seniors. We understand the importance test preparation and have developed different programs to meet the needs of...

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Roots to the Past, Present, and Future

The word engineering comes from the Latin root ingenuity. Venus, the long held “sister” of the Earth, implores us to tend to our home with studious tenacity. We must avoid the fate of Venus and its surface temperature hot enough to melt lead. We must persevere and...

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Test Preparation Can Get You Into Your Dream College

Test Preparation Can Get You Into Your Dream College There are several benefits that a test preparation can do for you. First and foremost, undergoing a test prep will mold you into a competitive candidate for your dream college. Yes, some top universities and...

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Free ACT Diagnostic Until the End of June

Gain traction on your path to college this summer.  Free diagnostic in actual conditions format.  Free test and consult to review the diagnostic report.  Come see your individualized test prep plan.  Call today to schedule your test.  310-544-6000

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Four Intelligent Benefits of Online Tutoring

Four Intelligent Benefits of Online Tutoring As a student, do you want to ensure you remain at the top of your game, or perhaps, you find yourself struggling with a particular subject? Having someone who has expert knowledge in a particular subject, regularly work...

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Client Testimonial

Last year about this time, my daughter, then a junior, had studied for several weeks with one of the big test prep companies, but she was making no progress.  We called PVP Test Prep and talked to Jim, who invited us to come right in.  In a single hour-long interview,...

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Smashed Records

In the time it took this years graduating class to go from freshperson to senior, UCLA’s application figures rose in excess of 25%. Some can attribute this to the common app as UC berkley tops 89,000 this year. Some may think it due to a social-economic trend away...

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Test Preparation & Tutoring: Why is it Important?

Test Preparation & Tutoring: Why is it Important? Why do you really need some test preparation and why do these really matter? Every student is different and unique. Since every student has different strengths and weaknesses, you can’t expect that all...

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Dawn of the Internet: Advantages of Online Learning

Dawn of the Internet: Advantages of Online Learning Welcome to the advent of the internet and technological breakthroughs! Almost everything can now be accomplished with just a single click. Thanks to the internet, there are people who are able to work at home without...

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AP Season Settles onto Students

Rusty on the Krebs Cycle? Confused about the Second Law of Thermodynamics? Wondering what the heck is a Dangling Modifier? When exactly was the Boston Tea Party? Whats the big deal with Covalent bonds? Perhaps it is time to brush up in preparation for the upcoming AP...

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The Importance of the Quality Time You Put In

The Importance of the Quality Time You Put In The preparation you carry out before taking a big test such as the ACT, SAT or PSAT involves a lot more than simply putting in the time. A lot of students believe that their results will depend solely on how many hours...

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Getting Over Exam Nerves

Getting Over Exam Nerves Words like “ACT” and “SAT” often strike fear into the hearts of many high school students. Many people feel that such examinations are more or less a single huge, deciding factor in their future careers. In addition to the pressure that school...

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Test Preparation

Test Preparation Moving on from high school to college or even from college to grad school is a big step. Some students start getting prepared for the upcoming tests really early, taking the time to plan out how much time they will need to get themselves into the...

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Tips and Strategies To Ace Your Qualifying Exams

Tips and Strategies To Ace Your Qualifying Exams To ace your qualifying exams, you have to be prepared. Preparedness means being both physically and mentally ready as the situation can be stressful. One way to dealing with the situation is being relaxed during the...

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How to Prepare for A Test

How to Prepare for A Test Studying for a test can prove to be very stressful if you have no idea where to start from. Of course, the test is not the only thing on your daily schedule as you need to do some chores, work part time or even spend quality time with your...

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Distractions When Studying For Tests

Distractions When Studying For Tests As a widely known test preparation facility in Palos Verdes Peninsula and the Bay Area in California, PVP Test Prep has proven its abilities in ACT and SAT test preparation for the past seven years! Here you can get a high-quality...

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A Mom’s Testimonial

Anna went through several ACT prep courses but her scores kept dropping. She was feeling very disappointed and frustrated. After she joined PVP Test prep and tutoring her scores improved dramatically. They give individual attention to each student and helped them...

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The Real Power of an Education

Education is not easy.  To some, it may be frustrating for a professor to say, “forget most of what you learned last class about leases, as tax laws have rendered that information obsolete.” Discoveries that can improve and even save lives, however, are more important...

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Force Multiplier

What if I told you the reading section of the ACT is the hardest to tutor, train, and study for? What if I told you The Old Man and the Sea is not about fishing? Perhaps you would respond that these devices of rhetoric are merely a banal platitude. It begs the larger...

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Writer’s Workshop and Education

Writers find inspiration in numerous places. We will be introducing a Writer’s Workshop in the near future.  The late David Foster Wallace was a professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as well as Claremont McKenna College.  His posthumous novel,...

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Golf, Normalizing, and the ACT

Although a test taking student will not need a three foot lateral burst of speed like a tennis player, there remain significant comparisons to tackling the ACT and sports. A student athlete and a prospective collegian taking the ACT or SAT should prepare for the big...

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College Class of 2021 Early Report

Boston College (BC) increased its early action applications acceptance by 5%. BC brings with it an average score of 33 on the ACT and 1425 on the SAT. Brown University admitted 22% of early applicants, and Dartmouth College let in 28%. Experts predict the Northwestern...

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California Dreaming

There are 10 UC Universities. There are 23 California State Universities. The CSU system serves 460,200 students under the wing of 24,405 faculty- the largest system in the nation. Between these 33 universities the needs of California’s students should be met…but, is...

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Get Into the College of Your Choice with Test Prep

Many students are juggling schoolwork, a job, extracurricular activities and other commitments. As such, some put off the ACT or SAT and just hope to get a good score. However, as it is with college applications, there is usually lots of preparations and planning that...

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Apatheia or How Philosophy Leads to Meta-Cognition

Reading comprehension, critical thinking, and meta-cognition remain seemingly lofty goals(see 2016 ACT.org National report) . One UK study promotes that even a modest course in philosophy can correlate to improved math and literacy skills. While cognitive based...

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Ways to Build Exceptional Writing Skills

Perhaps more than ever, good writing skills are a highly valued commodity when it comes to college admissions and—down the road—a successful professional life. In an era where students’ scores on the SAT’s writing section are steadily declining, it can make a world of...

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Prepping for Important Tests

When you are a student, it is important to prepare for important tests such as the ACT or the SAT. While students work hard to do well on such tests, it is up the parents to ensure they are ready. Parents can schedule prep classes for their children to provide...

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Be Prepared for Your Next Test!

Pop quiz: What causes more anxiety than almost anything else in America for students? If you guessed testing, then you were right. Other than paying for college, testing probably is the source of the most anxiety in American students today. From the PSAT to the SAT...

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Which Test is Best?

With the old 2400 format and the ACT, we found that 40% of students showed an advantage between the ACT and SAT ranging from a slight to a significant advantage over one test or the other. Even for those students planning on the community college route some colleges,...

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The Aspiration Gap

A previous blog spoke of the transfer gap between community college students who desire to transfer and to graduate with a four year degree. The most recent report by the ACT, The Condition of College & Career Readiness highlights the aspirational gap between...

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The PSAT is Almost Here

The PSAT and the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test or NMSQT are right around the corner. In a few weeks, Juniors will have the opportunity to showcase their test taking techniques. We have had a few students become semi-finalists with the inception of the new...

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How the new FAFSA Deadline Impacts You

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA has moved its start time. This changes the process in several ways. Instead of January, the new date of October 1st is meant to get you the results before you commit to a college. This is intended to give you a...

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Math and Science Simplified

PVP Test Prep has been providing test preparation and curriculum tutoring services for over 12 years now. Our primary objective is to assist students in overcoming some of the common challenges associated with ACT and SAT test preparation. Our team of dedicated tutors...

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Returns by Majors

Return By Major The Economist has compiled data as to the return of graduates by major. STEM has been a major buzz word lately. It has long been known that Engineers yield high rates of returns. Life may not be about mathematically proving that using a refrigerator to...

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Get Ready for College Easily with PVP

There is nothing more exciting and anxious than preparing for college. Whether you are taking the ACT’s, SAT’s, or PSAT’s, the professionals at PVP Test Preparation and Tutoring will be there to help you get ready. They offer many options to help you find a method of...

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Prepping for Tests: What to Do

In elementary school, tests are relatively easy. Children do not stress about tests as they are usually multiple choice or even open book. Going into high school, children become teens and realize that testing is much harder, especially when it comes to SATs and ACT...

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Summer 2016 ACT Class Schedule

Our forty hour ACT class starts Saturday July 16th.  Space is limited and filling fast.  Schedule a free for June Actual Conditions ACT Diagnostic exam to find out if our class is right for you! Saturday 16th 1-5PM Saturday 23rd 1-5PM Sunday July 24th Actual...

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A Little Extra Push for Your Child

As your child grows up, you might start to notice that the stress they are subject to in regards of schooling increases. From a tiny age, kids are pressured with the idea of having to get good grades in order to get into a good college. And then they are told that if...

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Special! Special! Read All About It…

Free for the month of June is one free diagnostic test and consultation.  Want to know how you will perform?  Are you interested in developing a study plan?  Come in to gain experience for college admissions tests.  Call our center today to schedule a free diagnostic...

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Why is Test Prep So Important?

  ACT. SAT. ugh. These tests are never fun for students during their high school years. Testing takes place in order for students to determine their positioning for college and these tests can be quite stressful. Many parents want their children to do well during...

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ACT Explodes in Popularity

ACT Explodes in Popularity:   Palos Verdes Peninsula Tutoring and Test Prep Center Continue to Ensure High School Students Are Prepared for College Entrance Exams While the SAT exam has long been the most popular of college admissions tests, the ACT continues to grow...

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Preparing for a Standardized Test Can Help Increase Scores

Posted by on 11:22 pm in ACT, News, SAT | Comments Off on Preparing for a Standardized Test Can Help Increase Scores

Test taking is different for everyone. Some people can work through a standardized test with simplicity and ease without the need for a plan or a strategy. There are others who have found that preparing for a standardized test with preparation, studying, and training helps them to be more successful than if they were to go through the test-taking process alone. PVP Test Preparation has given those who would like to practice for the most common standardized test, a place to go. SAT and ACT The SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) and the ACT (once...

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How PVP Test Prep Counseling can Assist Freshmen and Sophomores to Make the Best Career Choices

Posted by on 7:58 am in College Counseling | Comments Off on How PVP Test Prep Counseling can Assist Freshmen and Sophomores to Make the Best Career Choices

The American Counseling Association defines counseling as a relationship established for individuals, families, and groups, to enhance mental wellness, education and career goals. Indeed, our education and career goals are important for our mental and physical wellness. When we feel confident that we are on track with our goals, we are more likely to be motivated, which in turn boosts performance and our overall sense of well being. Career and vocational counselors, therefore, play an important role throughout college in helping students...

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The New “New”

Posted by on 8:44 am in ACT, News, SAT | Comments Off on The New “New”

Every year we track admission scores, acceptance rates, and testing requirements of many schools. The data is used to provide a ball park figure. In our nearly decade of existence PVP Test Prep and Tutoring has tracked these scores and noticed a year-to-year trend of higher and higher scores. Some big name schools are becoming the 99 percentile in testing: Notre Dame 33-36 ACT; 1500-1600 SAT Wesleyan 34 ACT; English/Writing 740; Math 770 U. of Georgia 29-33 ACT; SAT 1320-1490; Avg. GPA 4.08 Amherst 33ACT; SAT 1492 The list grows of top...

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Why You Should Choose PVP Test Prep

Posted by on 9:34 am in News | Comments Off on Why You Should Choose PVP Test Prep

Why You Should Choose PVP Test Prep At PVP Test Prep we strive in providing test preparation options for all clients from a freshman in high school to seniors. We understand the importance test preparation and have developed different programs to meet the needs of different types of learners. PVP Test Prep has a test prep option for all students. We offer private test preparation which is a beneficial service to those who prefer a more one-on-one approach and a more customized instruction to suit your individual goals. In this type of...

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Roots to the Past, Present, and Future

Posted by on 6:05 am in News | Comments Off on Roots to the Past, Present, and Future

The word engineering comes from the Latin root ingenuity. Venus, the long held “sister” of the Earth, implores us to tend to our home with studious tenacity. We must avoid the fate of Venus and its surface temperature hot enough to melt lead. We must persevere and protect the only known habitable home to our and all species here. And to do this, we need critical thinking. Baseball deploys a term that the next generation should learn—utility player. Essentially, this is a player capable of proficiently covering multiple positions in the game....

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Test Preparation Can Get You Into Your Dream College

Posted by on 7:07 am in News | Comments Off on Test Preparation Can Get You Into Your Dream College

Test Preparation Can Get You Into Your Dream College There are several benefits that a test preparation can do for you. First and foremost, undergoing a test prep will mold you into a competitive candidate for your dream college. Yes, some top universities and colleges may not guarantee an automatic admission just because of the high ACT and SAT scores, but these universities and colleges do consider looking at the test scores for potential admission. Proper test preparation will enable you to “feel ready”. If your mind is not...

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Free ACT Diagnostic Until the End of June

Posted by on 6:28 pm in News | Comments Off on Free ACT Diagnostic Until the End of June

Gain traction on your path to college this summer.  Free diagnostic in actual conditions format.  Free test and consult to review the diagnostic report.  Come see your individualized test prep plan.  Call today to schedule your test.  310-544-6000

read more

Four Intelligent Benefits of Online Tutoring

Posted by on 8:50 am in News | Comments Off on Four Intelligent Benefits of Online Tutoring

Four Intelligent Benefits of Online Tutoring As a student, do you want to ensure you remain at the top of your game, or perhaps, you find yourself struggling with a particular subject? Having someone who has expert knowledge in a particular subject, regularly work with you one-on-one can make an enormous difference in how you understand a topic. Unfortunately, there are numerous reasons why finding a personal tutor can be complex. This is why online tutoring is the ideal choice for those who need a personal tutor. The benefits that come with...

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Client Testimonial

Posted by on 5:19 am in ACT | Comments Off on Client Testimonial

Last year about this time, my daughter, then a junior, had studied for several weeks with one of the big test prep companies, but she was making no progress.  We called PVP Test Prep and talked to Jim, who invited us to come right in.  In a single hour-long interview, my daughter learned more from Jim about test taking than she had from previous tutors.  Chris, her PVP  tutor, quickly evaluated Rachel’s strengths and weaknesses, taught her only the subject matter she did not already know, and helped her master test-taking strategies....

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Smashed Records

Posted by on 7:40 am in ACT, College Counseling, SAT | Comments Off on Smashed Records

In the time it took this years graduating class to go from freshperson to senior, UCLA’s application figures rose in excess of 25%. Some can attribute this to the common app as UC berkley tops 89,000 this year. Some may think it due to a social-economic trend away from trade schools and lifelong employment commitments of a generation or two ago. More people are attending universities. More jobs require both educational and work experience. Another school has smashed its own record. Cornell decreased its early admission rate down to 24.3...

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