For the ACT and the SAT, Pencils No Longer Required, but Sometimes Necessary

In today’s modern world, we are seeing more and more reliance on technology. The testing world is not impervious to this trend. Now, students all over the country are starting to take the SAT and ACT exams on the computer instead of the standard format of pencil and paper. This change is not without its pros and cons and this article explores the consequences of moving the tests online. However, what this article forgets to mention (and what we feel is a very important point) is that having the exams administered on the computer limits the students’ ability to use many of the strategies we teach through our program.

Click here to read this article written by Liz Moore.

Stop Asking About My Kid’s College Plans

Many times in our lives, it feels as though the world has be narrowed to focus on a seemingly insurmountable obstacle standing in our way. If you’re on this site, chances are this may be how you feel about the college entrance exams. This New York Times article gives a completely relatable mother’s point of view on guiding a child through this process and how learning to let go may be the hardest part.

Click here to read this article by Elisabeth Egan.


Tips to Rock the ACT!

Get ready to ace the April ACT with these 4 helpful tips:

English: The context (style and structure) questions usually require more thought than the grammar questions do. Focus first on just the grammar questions within each 15 question passage (there are 5 passages per English section). Once you’ve completed the grammar questions, you can tackle the context questions with much more success.

 Math: The math section is in order of increasing difficulty. Strong math students should make sure to allow themselves enough time to finish the more difficult questions. However, if in practice you see that you struggle with the harder questions, spend the needed time and be sure to ace the first 30 questions. Don’t stress if you run out of time and don’t get to the last few questions.

 Reading: You will always be presented with four long readings – Prose, Social Science, Humanities and Natural Science. There’s no rule about what you need to read first. Start with your strongest subject, and end with your weakest! You must practice taking a bunch of readings in order to evaluate what is your strongest and weakest. Helpful Tip: 75% of our students find the Prose reading most difficult.

 Science: Skip the reading blurbs and focus only on the charts and graphs in a passage. Use the questions to guide your eyes to the right answer.

College Admissions Tip:

Buy a whiteboard and sit down together (parent/student) and create a to-do list (for applications, schoolwork, etc) that you both will review and modify every three weeks. Put the whiteboard in a place where the student can see it as a daily reminder.

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