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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Is this a Crazy Option? Part 1

For the first time since, 2005*, the class of  2017 has the option of taking 3 different college entrance exams: the current SAT, a redesigned SAT, and the ACT.  Is it crazy for a student to take ALL three? For most students, yes, it is not the best idea.  Let me explain as the answer is not that simple. What type of student should consider taking the current SAT (this fall)?  Generally speaking, a  student who is a reader and is an exceptional student with a strong vocabulary would probably do very well on the current SAT. But there's more to consider . . . To affirm this, it is recommended that such a student take the 60 Second ACT vs. ACT Assessment  found on the website homepage. Also, recommended is to find out what type of learner your student is. Students who score at least a 7+ SAT on the assessment and who have self-identified as a Maverick, Accelerated or Sound learner...
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