Over the years, I have noticed that many students do not like to take their practice test scores at face value. When students get scores below their goal, the temptation to rationalize is strong.
"On Test Day, I will take it much more seriously, so I'm sure my result will be higher."
"I was distracted during XYZ sections, so my score on those isn't as accurate as it could be."
"I only really focused on the Math sections, that's why I didn't do as well on the others."
"I made a lot of careless mistakes."
I'm not saying these are excuses - it's possible they are accurate explanations - but even still, thinking this way will not serve you well.
For starters, if you're not taking your practice tests as seriously as you would the actual test, that's a problem. The whole point of practice tests is to prepare you for the real thing, so you should treat them as if they are the actual test.
I can't speak for every tutor, but I know that if you work with me I have certain expectations of you in order to ensure that you will see the greatest possible improvement in your score. Luckily, they are really quite simple, and adhering to them makes a huge difference. I've attached a PDF version to summarize my
Top 5 Test Prep Essentials that you can download, but I will review each of them below too.
For starters, I may be stating the obvious, but you absolutely must complete all homework assignments. All my assignments are tailored to your current performance and designed to help you achieve your goal score. Many students aspire to achieve dramatic improvements, and I fully believe such improvements are possible. BUT, in order to achieve such goals, it is imperative that you complete every homework assignment. If there is a notable gap between your current score and your goal score, that is perfectly ok, but it makes the homework that much more important...
The ACT stands for American College Testing. It is a national college admissions examination that consists of subject area tests in English, Mathematics, Reading, Science and an optional Writing Test.
The ACT is a curriculum-based achievement test, measuring what a student has learned in school.
There are several strategies you can use to help you better prepare for the ACT.
Practice Pacing Yourself
Become Familiar with the Test Directions for Each Test
Read Each Question Carefully
Answer the Easy Questions First
Answer Every Question
Review your Work
Bubble in Groups
If you know testing is one of your weaknesses, consider getting a tutor or joining a test preparation course.
If you're reading this then you probably just got the same nasty surprise as I did earlier this month. The ACT is changing the writing prompt starting in September, and students need to shift gears, A.S.A.P.!
Let's start with timing. Students now get 40 minutes for the Writing Test. They'll need the extra ten minutes, because the prompt, writing task, and planning stages have all been expanded.
remember the old prompt? Sure, you've been teaching it up until a few hours, days, or maybe weeks ago. It included 4-5 sentences on a subject having to do with education and schooling, subjects at the forefront of high school students' minds. The first sentence introduced a problem faced by students or schools. The second and third sentences introduced two sides of an argument, pro- and con-, and an argument supporting each side. Finally, the prompt ended with a...
There are many great texts, blog posts and other resources to help students prepare for the SAT, ACT and similar examinations. For my own part, when working with a student who is trying to prepare for a test of this nature, we approach the battle from two fronts; test-taking strategy and subject skill.
The first thing to do -- and this should be done at least a year in advance -- is to visit the website of whichever test one is taking and learn about the test, itself. The testing organization sites contain important information about the test content, sample questions, as well as general advice for successful testing. Many either contain or at least link to complete (and free) practice tests.
When preparing for a test of nearly any kind, the preparation should mimic -- and, if possible, exceed the difficulty of -- the anticipated test. Time yourself strictly, working through sample tests with realistic questions. That is, do the practice sessions as if...
In January of this year (2015) SAT won a contract with the Michigan Department of Education. What does this mean? It means that by spring 2016, high school juniors in Michigan will be taking the SAT instead of the ACT! What does this mean for you?
If you are a high school freshman or sophomore, you should start familiarizing yourself with the content on the redesigned PSAT and SAT. The PSAT is a gateway for the National Merit Scholarship. The SAT is a required tool for college acceptance. Over the next weeks and months, I will be familiarizing myself with these new tools to better serve you as you prepare for these tests.
If you are interested in preparing with me, set up an appointment soon!
It's the fall season, which means students are back in school! Don't let the rush of new classes and uniting with friends stop you from preparing for upcoming college entrance exams. Seniors, this is your last chance to improve your scores if you want to start college next fall, and, Juniors, get a jump start on some awesome scores with test prep tutoring and at-home practice tests.
Helpful Hint: Set aside 10 - 15 minutes a day for SAT and ACT words and definition quizzes -- it will pay off in a big way!
A student should fastidiously prepare the subject material for instruction, bring all subject grades, test scores and be fully
forthright meeting the tutor for the first time. The student must be prepared to take a 2/3 hour session doing a series of
battery of test drills for accuracy and pace scores, to be able to make a coherent and realistic test prep plan with a target
goal in a specific period. The Professional needs to know exactly what the student wants, expects and hopes to attain for
his/her expense of valuable time and capital investment. To form a early bond of mutual trust and respect is essential,
and favourable first impressions count. To be able to identify how he/she can best help the learner is paramount. A great
Education transcends cost and if knowledge is delivered effectively, the lesson in class is worth the sacrifice.
Ever wish you could take your side gig and turn it into a fulltime pursuit? That's just what I would do with tutoring because I simply love to tutor, and I am always trying to be better at what I do.
Test prep is my tutoring specialty. During our sessions, my students learn subject-specific concepts, incorporate test-taking strategies, and build self-confidence. I assure them that with consistent practice and an unwavering eye on the prize, they can maximize their test results and achieve their academic, business, or personal goals. In fact, students of mine have gone on to attend their choice colleges, earn their teaching licenses, enlist in the US Air Force and other service branches, and pass the bar exam.
I so appreciate the extra time my busy clients have taken to express their satisfaction with my services. In return, I want to thank all of my students since 1997 for allowing me to continue tutoring, learning, and enhancing my services to better meet...
As we go about the beginning of yet another school year, let us not forget about the al importnat tutoring. I have had students who want to try the beginning of the school year on their own. I woudl suggest to any parent to allow their student to be a bit independent but ensure tha tthey are staying focused on their school work and not being dsistracted by their technology (smartphones, tablets and ipods)! I would recommend tutoring at least once a week during the first few weeks to make sure that they are staying focused and 9 times out of 10 the student will be ready for you to come for tutoring. This way they can answer all of the questions that they will not ask in class and their grades will remain consistent. There is nothing more stressful for a child and parent than trying to find a GREAT tutor that can improve low scores in a weeks time. So get a tutor that is comfortable with the student and with the family.
I would like to share with you, potential and current students, success stories of just a few of my Wyzant test prep students. As you can see, whether you start below or above the average exam score, these stats prove that "where there is a will, there's a way!" Way to go, Students!!
"A1" - ACT prep (18 hrs tutoring)
ACT composite increased from 19 to 28 (47%), up 17 points (189%) in English!
"A2" - ACT prep (20 hrs tutoring)
ACT composite increased from 27 to 30 (47%), up 4 points (15%) in English and 4 points (15%) in Science!
"F" - ACT prep (8 hrs tutoring)
ACT composite increased from 28 to 35 (25%), up 12 points (52%) in English!
"H" - ACT prep (10 hrs tutoring)
ACT composite increased from 22 to 28 (27%), up 12 points (60%) in Science!
"M1" - ACT prep (10 hrs tutoring)
ACT composite increased from 18 to 25 (39%), up 9 points (56%) in Math!
"M2" - ACT prep (8 hrs tutoring)