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Roger Ochoa
Roger Ochoa is a lifelong educator. He is the owner/director of Chyten Tutors & Test Preparation in Upper Montclair, N.J. Before launching his business in January 2010, Roger worked as a Senior Editor for Pearson Prentice Hall and as a High School English Teacher in New Rochelle, N.Y. Roger’s interest in education began when he entered the Catholic seminary as a member of the Salesians of Don Bosco in 1990. For the next 8 years, Roger studied to become a Roman Catholic priest with the religious order whose mission is to educate the poor and the young. He is now very happily married. His wife, Jennifer, is a Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultant, who has twice been named Teacher of the Year in her school district. They are proud parents of 7-year-old twin boys.

Entries by Roger Ochoa

College Rankings: What's the Use?

(0) Comments | Posted October 10, 2014 | 1:21 PM

Which is better: Harvard or Yale?

To answer this question, one might be tempted to refer to the U.S. News & World Report "Best Colleges" ranking. The perennial list arguably is the most popular among the sundry publications ranking America's colleges and universities. It does make for seductive...

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Applying to College: No SAT or ACT Required?

(6) Comments | Posted August 5, 2013 | 11:06 AM

In a move not unlike many of its contemporaries, Brandeis University has opted to pilot "test-flexibility," in which applications submitted after July 1st, 2013, will not be required to show standardized test scores. The Massachusetts school is not the first to make this move, nor will...

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What Is a Good SAT Score?

(21) Comments | Posted June 23, 2013 | 5:31 PM

Last Friday's release of SAT scores marked the end of the 2012-13 test prep season. For thousands of students and families, however, it marks the advent of some worry.

Will the SAT or ACT score cut it? Will it translate into college acceptance letter or rejection? The answer...

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The Art of the Common App College Essay

(1) Comments | Posted June 4, 2013 | 5:30 PM

If brevity is the soul of wit, then recent changes to the Common Application essay could be the limbs and outward flourishes. Tedious? Yes. Impertinent? No.

Each year, tens of thousands of students turn to The Common Application (informally known as the Common App) to submit their college...

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Stay Safe With SAT Changes

(3) Comments | Posted May 20, 2013 | 7:48 PM

Just when you thought you had studied enough, read all the books, done all the prep work. Just when you thought you were safe, sources from College Board announced that it would be changing its infamous SAT yet again. This may not bode well for many prospective test-takers this fall....

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Early Childhood Education: Two Essential Questions

(23) Comments | Posted January 17, 2011 | 9:53 AM

Recently, one of my 4-year-old twin sons awoke one morning and flashed another spark of his learning desire.

"Mommy, it's Tuesday," he announced.

"Yes, it is. Very good," My wife Jennifer said in a voice tinged with praise and weariness at once. It was...

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