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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... read more

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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 it... read more

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Test Prep Lessons & Help Welcome to Wyzant’s test prep lessons! In this section, you’ll find information on standardized tests of all levels. We provide overviews of tests and their formats, as well as strategies and advice for tackling these important exams. Find your test below, and if you’re looking for one-on-one help, you can send a message to one of our test prep tutors. The... 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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 In the land of Zig-Zag, there are only two types of people: truth tellers who always tell the truth and zig zags who if questioned either tell the truth or lie. The zig zags never lie or tell the truth twice in a row when questioned.   We can infer which of the following:   A) In the land of Zig-Zag, if a person is asked if they are a truth teller and they answer... read more

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Aaah...the the most feared, loathed, avoided tests of the century: the PSAT, SAT, and ACT.   I am here to tell you that you should not let these tests overpower you. A bad first score is not enough to tell your potential. You are capable of improving leaps and bounds, perhaps hundreds of points.   Take my younger brother, for example. He took the PSAT his freshman year... read more

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I am a firm believer that one does not truly know something until she can put it into a new format. You can take notes from a book or from lectures all day, every day, but until you can put the information into a new shape, you haven't actually learned anything. Make a concept map, put facts and vocabulary into tables or categories, write flash cards, and/or rearrange the information in a new... read more

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You can find some really good resources for math test prep in the used bookstores in a college town. Some examples that I like are: (1) Humongous Book of ______________ Problems (fill in the blank with your math topic);  (2) the REA Problem Solvers series; and (3) the Schaum's Outlines. If you don't live near a college town it might be worth a Saturday trip just to buy books. Alternately,... read more

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For Freshlaws (first year law students) the flood of information and mind altering Socratic method classroom discussions often result in an overwhelming feeling of concern as Halloween passes and finals loom in a month or so. Law school finals are like nothing most students experience in undergrad because they are often all or nothing and the resulting grades have such a massive effect on career... read more

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How to avoid the "freeze" during a quiz, test, or exam: First, let's talk about what "the freeze" is. The freeze is usually a sort of momentary panic, that makes it very hard to concentrate and focus and solve problems. Does that sound at all familiar? Many students experience it at least once in their lives, and some students face it frequently. When we have... read more

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How to avoid the "freeze" during a quiz, test, or exam:   First, let's talk about what "the freeze" is. The freeze is usually a sort of momentary panic, that makes it very hard to concentrate and focus and solve problems. Does that sound at all familiar? Many students experience it at least once in their lives, and some students face it frequently. When we have... read more

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Here is an overview of my 5 BEST TIPS for realizing your highest potential on the SAT:   Read and Write Daily- Do not read just fluffy stuff from internet sites or think that your emails constitute all the daily writing you need (join a writer's group and keep a journal).  Most importantly, read thoughtful, intelligent articles from reputable sources (like the Wall Street... read more

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My suggestion for students to prepare to go back to school is lay out their books and other stuff needed the night before. Review the assignment or quiz for the few minutes while waiting for the bus to arrive or when the student arrives at school early. Another suggestion would be to get classmates together after school at the main library to study for the upcoming test. Or if that can't work,... read more

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WyzAnt wants to know: How should students prepare to go back to school if they only have a few minutes to spare each day? It's hard to get back into "school mode"! I'm finally coming back into education in a formal capacity after privately tutoring for years, and even I'm sometimes having trouble getting back into the groove. But it doesn't have to be scary, and you probably... read more

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Philosophy of Education for M.J. T. To me the purpose of education is threefold: (1) provide students with a basis of knowledge, (2) teach students how to reason so that they can continue their education throughout their lives, and (3) instill in them a life-long excitement about and love of learning. Students must acquire a basis of knowledge, a framework on which to sort... read more

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Well, it is the time of year when the frenzy and buzz of talk about classrooms, teachers, textbooks, pencils, folders, and schedules begin. Some of you might be thinking past this year and onto high school or even college, or perhaps you have already signed your child up for the SSAT, HSPT, SAT or ACT test. Now is definitely a good time to start preparing for those tests. In general, students... read more

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My cousin once asked, "Where do you get your confidence?” Before I had time to consider the idea, the response came out, "I've made mistakes, and I'm not afraid to make mistakes in the future.” In public speaking, writing, and publishing; the speaker or writer must be confident. Confidence builders for me always include preparation. Here are ways I prepare to write and to present. Brainstorming... read more

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Humans have a tremendous capacity to learn and adapt. However, we consistently build barriers that hinder our natural ability to change and grow. Many people, regardless of age, perceive themselves as not being talented enough to excel at math and science. They view math and science as the realms in which only scientists, engineers, mathematicians, and geniuses truly soar. Nothing could be... read more