The Answer You are Looking For

The Answer You are Looking For

As most of my readers know, I have been conducting test prep for almost four decades. Up until 2008, very few of my students ever thought about taking the ACT, nor would it occur to me to steer them toward that exam. So why was that? The SAT was the admissions exam of choice in the Northeast and West. Then somewhere around 2008, the more selective colleges and universities began to slowly accept both the ACT and the SAT.  Up until that point, students who lived in the Midwest and South took the ACT. The SAT was not even on their radar even though schools in those areas accepted both the ACT (or the SAT.) Why the new interest in the ACT? When the College Board changed the SAT in 2005 and ultimately made it longer than the ACT, students began looking at that test and realized that not only was it shorter, but it appeared much more straightforward and more relatable...
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The Secret of Test Preparation Success

The Secret of Test Preparation Success

So what is the ‘magic formula’ to significantly improve test scores? It’s not really magic; it’s based on motivation, commitment, and time invested. Is your teen motivated to bring his scores up? I believe that the foundation piece for test-taking success is being motivated to score well. In order for a student to improve, effort can’t be halfhearted – as I often say, “’Drop in test prep doesn’t cut it.” I have found that a path to firing up that motivation is to create an intention to get that desirable, yet realistic score: TIP #1: I recommend students write that desired score down and journal about what they intend to do on a daily basis to ensure that that score becomes a reality. Students will then come to believe that score is achievable and not just a mere ‘wish’. TIP #2: A daily visualizing of life at the college dream school also helps to light a fire under their motivation. Teens can even...
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