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The SAT Essay Written by tutor Ellen S. The SAT has undergone a significant number of changes over the years, generally involving adjustments in the scoring rubric, and often in response to steadily-declining or increasingly-perfect test scores. When the SAT was changed in 2005, however, they made some significant changes to the test that students see. One of these changes was the addition... read more

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How to Study for the SAT or ACT 8 Tips and Tricks Written by tutor Anne G. Taking the SAT or ACT is probably one of the most important milestones in high school. Yet, many students make the same mistakes and become victims of their own indecisiveness. Here are some tips from an expert tutor, to help you conquer the SAT or ACT while avoiding common mistakes. 1. Plan ahead Most students... read more

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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... read more

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Test prep companies have been teaching students how to beat standardized tests such as the SAT and ACT for years. The simple truth is that these exams measure how well you take exams, not your aptitude or your ability to do college work. In some cases there may be a direct correspondence: students who have excellent grades have correspondingly excellent scores. And yet, there is a not-insignificant... read more

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Making an SAT Study Plan Written by tutor Jeff S. When it comes to SAT preparation, the adage "failing to plan is planning to fail" best sums up the need for thorough SAT study planning. The plan should address a test taker's college goals and financial assistance needs, academic strengths and weaknesses, learning style, and psychological principles of learning. This article covers... read more

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The SAT Reading Test Written by tutor Jeff S. The reading portion of the SAT test, also known as the Reading Comprehension or Critical Reading section, is designed to test your ability to read a short passage and answer a set of questions about what you just read. There are both reading comprehension and interpretation questions. Reading Comprehension Questions The reading comprehension... read more

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The SAT Writing Test Written by tutor Ellen S. The writing section on the SAT is relatively new, and that can create problems since there are topics on it that are not generally taught in high school. The biggest problem area, by far, is the essay. So let's start with that. The Essay The essay on the SAT is a timed 25-minute writing assignment where you are given a single prompt and... read more

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Introduction to the SAT Written by tutor Jeff S. The SAT test is a standardized test designed to measure students' skill in math, reading, and writing. Many colleges and universities in the United States require applicants to take the SAT and submit their scores as part of their application process. The SAT test itself is composed of three sections: Critical Reading, Math, and Writing... read more

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So you just took a practice test and you’re devastated by your results. You thought you would net more points, but lo and behold, your score is painfully below your expectations. Your math score is especially poor, but you’ve never been good at math. What is a good plan of action? Let the math score linger at a subpar level while focusing all of your energy on the verbal portion, right? Wrong... read more

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*Tutors of students with Special Needs can best tutor their students by being aware of legal issues that can impact the education of children with Special Needs. Many of these children have documented disabilities, and/or are students entitled to services under Section 504 and various portions of the ADA (American with Disabilities Act). The students' rights... read more

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  With the wealth of SAT prep materials out there, it can be tough to find the best resources for SAT study. I've been tutoring for the SAT for over a decade, and these are the materials I've found to be the most helpful.     SAT General Study   For all-around SAT preparation, nothing beats The Official SAT Study Guide, published by the College Board... read more

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Lexile and You Does it seem like you are always hearing that word?  Your child is below his or her Lexile?  They need to be at a 540 or at a 1080?  What exactly is a Lexile and how can you make it work for you?   Lexile is a reading meta-matrix that actually takes reading material and assigns it "value".  The "value" is referred to as its Lexile... read more

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Hey Wyzants,   One of the the ways that I communicate breaking a tie on sentence completion, that is, when my students are down to two possibilities; I tell them "Don't be afraid of the dark!"  I explain that the test has a psychological component and that we should consider the way the average student reacts to unknown words.  Specifically, when a word has been... read more

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Did you take the SAT on Saturday?  Are you freaking out about how confusing it was, and feeling like you had no idea what you were doing?  Never fear; many people take the SAT's multiple times, and if you get a little tutoring help in between (from yours truly) you can radically improve your score on the second go-around.   Here's the remaining test dates for the 2013-2014... read more

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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... read more

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The SAT messes with your head. Don't feel embarrassed, it messes with everyone's head. It's designed to. The SAT is a test of your critical reasoning skills, meaning it's actually far more about logic and figuring out the correct course of action than it is about actually knowing the material. This is nowhere more evident than on the Math section. The SAT Math trips... read more

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Despite the title of this post, I’m not actually suggesting that parents hire an SAT tutor for their preschoolers or that they drill their preschool children on SAT practice questions. Rather, I’m suggesting there is one important skill essential to doing well on the SAT that is a lifelong skill and should be started early: vocabulary building. The average SAT test preparation book contains about... read more

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ACT www.actstudent.org/testprep/ www.princetonreview.com/college/free-act-practice-test.aspx ; www.mhpracticeplus.com/act.php ; www.kaptest.com/College/Getting-into-College/free-practice-tests-workshops.html phone apps: ACTStudent, ACT Test Prep TestBank,  SAT http://sat.collegeboard.org/practice/sat-practice-test http://sat.collegeboard.org/practice/sat-practice-questions www... read more

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Be Prepared! The night before, collect: plenty of sharpened #2 pencils an eraser a small pencil sharpener (in case your pencils break during the exam) a watch (you cannot rely on the proctor and there may not be a wall clock or it may be on the wall behind your seat) your calculator your admission ticket your identification  directions to the testing center tissues... read more

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