Standardized tests are weird. They are neither intelligence tests nor knowledge tests.
- They are GAMES.
Mastery comes from coaching and PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE.
There is no magic to any of these tests, and they have changed little over the past 30 years. I focus my teaching on both strategies and tactics, many of which have been used successfully for decades (and will continue to be useful on the new "Revised SAT
" in 2016).
I teach subject matter as well, of course, but in most cases I find that students are far weaker on process than on knowledge. In other words, while many students know the reading
, etc, they don't know the test. And hence their knowledge doesn't pay off the way it should.
If you find you aren't particularly good at standardized tests, that means you don't get it. YET. It doesn't mean you're stupid; it just means that you need more practice.
If you find you are quite good at such tests, yet still fail to get perfect scores, that also means that you don't get it. YET. I have had many students who truly know ALL of the relevant material. However, through the course of a 3+ hour exam, most humans will make mistakes. If you are unfamiliar with techniques for error avoidance and recognition, then those mistakes will remain uncorrected and will keep you from a perfect score.
My students span the full range of skill levels, from below average to perfect scorers. I enjoy working with any and all students who are dedicated to their own self improvement.
Personally, I missed 5 questions on the SAT, 3 questions on the GMAT
, received a perfect score on the LSAT
and scored in the 99th percentile on every standardized test I can recall since early childhood. I took each test only once.
A note on admissions counseling: Admissions counseling is a more complicated subject than test prep, but a few key points to note:
- 1. Admissions decisions are not random
- 2. Like standardized testing, the application process is also a game, with its own rules
- 3. Fewer people understand this game than do the testing game. I was among the five youngest in my Wharton MBA class of 780 students. My grades weren't the best, nor was my work experience, but I did, and do know how to play the admissions game.
All sessions are two (2) hours. Most students need one or two lessons per week + 4-8 hours of weekly homework/self-study for a period of 10-16 weeks. Students striving for perfect or near perfect scores typically require more time.
Also, I do not travel to you! You must travel to me! I have many students and can no longer spare the time needed for commuting.
Approved subject areas include:ACT EnglishACT MathACT Reading
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