9 Reasons Why the SAT is a Better Exam for Most Students

9 Reasons Why the SAT is a Better Exam for Most Students

Since I have had over 700 students take our 60 Second ACT vs. SAT Assessment, I have noticed that the majority of students come out favoring the SAT. That said, I decided to drill down to find out why. FYI: The 60 Second ACT vs. SAT Assessment consists of 11 either/or questions based on skill set and learning preferences. Roughly 70% have favored the SAT. Even though about 60% of those favor it by one point, those who favor the SAT 7+ points exceed 60%. Here's what I know about the exams based upon the skill sets tested as well as the test formats:   The reading passage questions tend to be in order on the SAT whereas on the ACT, that's often not the case. Scanning through the passages to find answers to questions can eat up the clock.   The four reading passages on the ACT average 800-1000 words; on the SAT the 5 reading passages average 600-800 words. Each passage has...
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5 Types of Students ‘Who Don’t Test Well’ and Practical Solutions

5 Types of Students ‘Who Don’t Test Well’ and Practical Solutions

Why is it that so many strong students do not get ACT or SAT test scores that are commensurate with their performance at school?  Over the years. I have encountered this challenge with many students. Obviously, tutoring for the exams helps – in many cases, dramatically - but let’s understand what’s really going on when this is a frustrating reality for students: 1.Students approach studying for the exam the same way they approach studying for a school test. This can’t work, as the SAT math, for example, is not strictly a math test but an exam covering several areas and levels of APPLIED math concepts, in no particular order. SOLUTION: Students will come to understand the format of the exam by taking numerous practice tests. They then need to look at their mistakes and figure out where their thinking went ‘wrong’ that led to selecting the incorrect answer or ‘distractor’ and it’s officially labeled. Learning new strategies to read more critically and problem solve more methodically will...
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