For anyone that is preparing or thinking about preparing for one of the standardized 'high stakes' tests (you know which ones) -- the SAT, GRE, GMAT, ISEE, SSAT, and so on -- there's something you really should know about test development. But first
consider this. Wouldn't it be sensible for tests to discover what your strengths are and what you do well in? Of course! But who said...
Yes, test stress is definitely an issue, and I don't want to be accused of adding to it. However, in the spirit of cold, hard reality, this article from the
Wall Street Journal on use of SAT scores by employers deserves some attention. Whether you agree with this or not (and the HR department at Google has clearly decided to disagree, for example), there are still many big corporate employers...
I assume you already know these two exams, so how to pick which one to take?
The Best Option
(only apply to those who still have a lot of time to prep for the test ex. Freshmen, Sophomore, or Junior who has nothing else to do):
Take both test. Do the practice tests (only the ones that are very close to real one) and see which one you score higher. And then, choose the...
The ACT Writing Test
Written by tutor Kellie C.
The ACT Writing test is a thirty-minute essay exam that measures your writing skills - or, more specifically, those skills that your teachers emphasize in your high school English and entry-level college composition courses. Within those thirty minutes,
you will be required to read a brief prompt, and plan and write an organized, well-developed...
The ACT Reading Test
Being an Ace in the ACT for Reading
Written by tutor Hilary S.
The ACT Reading section consists of a test with forty questions divided into four passage types. These four are English, Mathematics, Social Studies and Natural Science. You will need to complete these questions in 35 minutes. If you divide this properly
you can conclude that you will have four-fifths...
The ACT Math Test
Written by tutor Nicole T.
Many of you have taken the ACT and possibly have taken it multiple times. For those of you who are preparing for the first time or who have taken it before and want to improve your score, we want to equip you to do your best.
The ACT math problems are very reflective of the classic high school math track of Prealgebra, Algebra I & II, Geometry,...
The ACT Science Test
Written by tutor Ashley M.
The ACT Science Test is probably the least understood portion of the exam. Despite what its name suggests, it is not a science knowledge test. The ACT is not going to ask you to identify the steps of
balance a chemical equation, or
determine the velocity of a moving object. You do not need to have taken any specific science...
Introduction to the ACT
Written by tutor Jana P.
Welcome to our introduction to the ACT Exam section! Here you will find valuable information on test format and content, test-taking tips, and time-saving strategies to help you excel on this important exam. Remember, preparation can make a difference in
your score, and your future!
But first, let's answer some of those burning questions...
The ACT English Test
Written by tutor Laura S.
The ACT test, like the SAT test, is used by universities to measure the ability of a student to succeed and to compare the student with his or her peers. It has many differences from the SAT test, however. The ACT test is comprised of 5 sections: English,
Reading, Math, Science, and an optional Writing section. Guessing is not penalized, so...
As a Language Arts tutor helping students prepare for and improve their scores on high-stakes tests such as the ACT and SAT, there are a strategies, study methods, tricks, and of course, loads of practice that I prescribe.
Oftentimes, a student who's perfectly capable of getting a good score on these tests may lose out on precious points because of seemingly trivial oversights.
The SAT website, found at http://sat.collegeboard.org, has a "Question of the Day" section. They will send these to your email if you sign up, and so with that, one question a day, you're one question more prepared to go back to school.
The specific URL or the "Question of the Day" is http://sat.collegeboard.org/practice/sat-question-of-the-day.
Explore the website for even more practice...
Very interesting article for parents of younger students about likely changes to the SAT in line with Common Core curriculum alterations. Please note that all of this is INFORMED SPECULATION at this stage, not an absolute plan, so if you are a junior/senior
or the parent of one, prepare for the SAT as expected. However, parents of younger students seeking enrichment should take note.
For juniors and others preparing for the spring 2014 SAT and ACT tests, tutoring at under $11/hr is available.
Don't miss out on this bargain coaching !!!
This course has the common techniques and tricks which all test prep courses provide.
However, there are ingenious strategies in this training which are
not in other courses.
We also do extensive review of...
Good afternoon students!
If you live in North Carolina, chances are that your classes have already started. As you pack your backpacks, decorate your lockers, and eagerly make plans to hang out with your friends, remember that you only get one shot at school - make it the best
But you might be asking, how?
Well, let CleverCat Tutoring help you out...
I'd like to rant, if I could, about the test prep industry, specifically as it relates to the SAT and the ACT.
THEY LIE. They give their students "practice tests" that aren't real practice tests! They make up their own "SAT" or "ACT" and train their kids on that and it makes me so mad, because they have no idea how to model such a test! It's like training someone
how to spike a volleyball...
The clock is ticking, and the pressure is on. You have 25 minute to answer 40 questions, and it seems like each one is an obstacle. How can you possibly deal with all this?
Prepare yourself well by getting expert help on test-taking strategies and practicing them over a period of two to four months. Private tutoring for the test you or your child need to get into a private high school, college,...
When interviewing a prospective tutor, parents should ask about the tutor's skills and experience, and find out if the tutor truly enjoys teaching. When the tutor feels enthusiastic about the subject, and communicates well, the student has an opportunity
to learn to enjoy the subject too.
I recommend for parents to observe the first lesson to see the tutor's skills in action, and watch/listen...
One way you can be very well prepared to tackle your exam is by taking practice tests. You probably already knew this. However, here is something you might not have known. The best way to do the practice tests is to replicate real testing conditions as much
as possible. In other words, wherever you take a practice test, try to make that space feel like the testing environment. This is very...