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Many students are better suited to the ACT than to the SAT. I can help determine which test is the better choice, and prepare the student appropriately. ACT English is passage-based, and requires skills in grammar, punctuation, usage and editing. The ACT essay does not count toward the English score or the composite score, but is included in a combined English/Writing score. The skills learned while reviewing for ACT English will serve every student well, as future writing will incorporate improved grammar and usage.
The ACT Math section includes 60 questions to be answered in 60 minutes and test skills in arithmetic, number theory, algebra, geometry and basic trigonometry. Only the strongest math students can expect to finish this section in the time allotted, so I teach my students how to identify which questions to work on, and which questions to skip. For those students needing extensive math review, I can re-teach all of the necessary math skills. For others, I concentrate on timing and math shortcuts to optimize their score.
The ACT Reading section includes four passages, each followed by ten questions, to be completed in 35 minutes. The passages are presented in a specific order: Prose Fiction, Social Science, Humanities, Natural Science. I can help students improve their reading and comprehension skills. I help students understand and anticipate the most frequently asked types of questions so that their reading becomes more efficient.
The ACT Science section is the only part of the ACT that differs significantly from the SAT. Many students worry about this part because they think that they don't know enough science to do well. The ACT Science section does not test scientific knowledge; it only tests the student's ability to extract scientific information from tables, graphs and text. I teach my students to read the charts and the graphs in order to answer the questions, even if the area of science is one that is unknown to them. With practice, most students can do very well on this section.
I have experience with the GMAT, both personally and professionally. I hold an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University where my GMAT score (780) helped me receive the coveted F.C. Austin Scholarship - the only merit-based scholarship offered.
I am extremely adept at helping students learn or re-learn the content necessary for success on the GMAT. Together we will develop an individual plan, concentrating on those areas that we identify as weaknesses. Further, I will help you understand key test-taking strategies to use on this test.
SAT Math is tested in 3 sections of the SAT. Most of the questions are multiple choice, and a few are free-response grid-in questions. The SAT tests skills in arithmetic, number theory, algebra and geometry. Unlike the ACT, many of the most-used formulas are printed right on the test booklet, so students need to do less memorization. I can help students re-learn those math skills that are weak, or have been forgotten, and I can teach them test-taking strategies and shortcuts to optimize their math scores.
The SAT Reading sections include sentence completion and reading comprehension. There are short and long passages, all followed by a number of questions that test understanding of the structure and tone of the reading, as well as vocabulary. The subject matter is often quite dense and boring, so it is essential that students not lose focus. I teach my students to read actively and to anticipate the most frequently asked types of questions.
SAT Writing includes two sections that test grammar, usage and punctuation. In addition, students are asked to write an essay, and the essay score is factored into the student's Writing score. I explain the essay scoring rubric to my students, and help them prepare historical and literary examples that can be used for many typical essay prompts. In addition, I teach my students to identify grammatical and usage errors for the multiple choice questions, and that knowledge helps them to become better writers.