The ‘Secret Sauce’ to Boost ACT or SAT Success

The ‘Secret Sauce’ to Boost ACT or SAT Success

So what is the 'secret sauce' for test taking success that enables students to improve test scores (and even grades in school) without a formal test prep program? Students who get in the habit of leisure reading for 10-15 minutes a day can significantly raise test their SAT or ACT scores. First, let’s get some history about the drop in test scores, better understand the positive effects of pleasure reading, and most importantly, learn about three approaches to get YOUR teen to read. Did you know that in 1972, 11.4% of students had verbal scores over 600?  Presently it’s 2-3%. Why the big drop? In 1972 their were no smartphones, i Pads, or PCs. No Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Obviously, the answer is very simple: Today students don’t 'have the time' to read for pleasure.  (Math scores dropped as well, though not as much due to the influx of Asian-American students taking the exam.) It's a proven fact that students who read daily for pleasure performed...
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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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