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by Amy A '11

Choosing An SAT Prep Class

The summer before Junior year is the time when most students start to prep for the SATs. The SAT is a standardized test for college admissions. The SAT is composed of three sections-critical reading, math and writing. Even though some colleges do not take the writing section into consideration, all three sections are very important to do well on. The test consists of ten parts ranging from 10-25 minutes each, the first part being an essay on a given topic. There are breaks dispersed throughout the exam as well.
The SAT is different from most exams taken in high school because it plays a large

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by Amy A '11

I Survived! Advice From a Senior

Welcome to IB! There is an intense transition regarding the amount of work from sophomore year to junior year here at BSGE. Not only is the workload more intense, but the teachers’ expectations of their students are a lot higher as well. In eleventh grade, the teachers want to see a lot of dedication put into their students’ homework, extended assignments, portfolios and class participation.  On top of all of the school work, junior year also marks the beginning of the long college process and the Extended Essay. SAT prep, ACT prep and IB exams are also on the minds of students in the junior class. Procrastination was a big problem for the eleventh grade last year. Assignments that count a significant amount toward

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by Jolijt T '11

A Breakdown of Junior Year

  Juniors are always warned that Junior year, especially at BSGE, is the hardest and most important year of high school. In an only partially scientifically valid manner, based solely on my personal evaluation of each assignment’s difficulty, I kept track of the work during my Junior Year from September 21st on.

Method: Each homework assignment was given a point value, from 1-3, based on difficulty. Difficulty was assessed by time spent doing it and mental effort exerted. Quizzes were worth 3 points and tests and essays were worth 5 points. The points were added to come up with weekly totals for each class. For each day off, 1 point was subtracted. The Extended Essay was treated as a class.

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by BACC Rag staff

Summer is For College Apps.

With summer approaching work is probably the last thing on the minds of juniors. However, it is crucial that this summer, the one between junior and senior year, juniors take the time to work on different aspects of their college applications. Work that juniors get done over the summer is work they don’t need to do in September, when school work, Extended Essay work and more college application work kicks in. If you dedicate just one hour

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by Simran V '11

SAT vs ACT. Which Test is for you?

Good grades on college entrance exams such as the SATs and the ACTs are imperative to getting into selective colleges. Hence, one question that constantly plagues high school students is whether to take the SAT or the ACT. All colleges accept either of these tests for admission and both test a student’s capabilities. However, the way students are tested and what students are tested on are completely different. That is why many students may score better on one of the two tests and some do about the same on both. Choosing which test (or both) to take involves considering the structure of both tests and what type of college you want to go to.
The SAT, however, seems to be by far, the more popular test in New York. But that doesn’t mean that the ACT is taboo. In fact multiple students take both of these exams and the ACT is

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by Jolijt T '11

Avoid The BSGE Junior Weight Gain

Though sometimes it seems like an inevitable consequence, you should never need to sacrifice your physical or mental health. At BSGE, some students report gaining up to 20 pounds in their one year as a junior. Junior year can be very stressful and stress turns into headaches, sick days, overeating, panic attacks, sleepless nights and weight gain. Juniors experience a sudden jump from relatively challenging work to pull your hair IB diploma program work. The work tends to turn into all night munch sessions behind a computer. Below are some ways you can get the work done, stay healthy, manage stress (you can’t really get rid of it) and type on a full stomach.

1. Stay active; hardest rule first. When it comes down to basketball practice or the 7 on