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Impostor Syndrome:  When Self Doubt Belittles Success

“Fake it till you make it” is a classic piece of advice, but what happens if you still feel like you’re faking it after you’ve made it? What if a new challenge or a new environment makes you question yourself and your ability? Doubts such as these are more common than you might think and could be a sign that you are experiencing what has come to be known as Impostor Syndrome.

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Posted in Test Preparation, success, Anxiety, Impostor Syndrome, Stress

Test Prep Priorities: SAT/ACT Essay and SAT Subject Tests

Applying to college can be stressful. Fortunately, recent changes to SAT/ACT Essay and SAT Subject Test requirements have simplified the process for most students. The SAT/ACT Essay and the SAT Subject tests are now required by only a small number of schools, giving many students the chance to focus on SAT or ACT test prep or to take only the tests guaranteed to highlight their strengths. Although it is always a good idea to verify what the schools on your list of preferred colleges want from applicants, there are some general guidelines to consider as you plan ahead.

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Posted in Test Preparation, ACT Prep, SAT, philadelphia tutor, SAT Prep, Test Prep, ACT, Tutoring

PSAT Results: When You'll Get Them and How to Use Them

The PSAT is administered in October, and not only can it give you a sense of your potential SAT score, but it also can help inform your preparation for an even better score. Plus, score high enough on the PSAT and you could qualify for the National Merit Scholarship. No wonder it can be an anxious wait for results!

When does the wait come to an end? How can you access and interpret your results? What should your next steps be? Fortunately, you don’t have to wait for those answers.

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A+ Professional Development

At A+ Test Prep and Tutoring, teamwork, professional development, and learning from one another are part of our company culture. Tutors at A+ attend professional development meetings in the fall and spring of each year. These meetings give tutors a unique opportunity to get support from their peers, receive vital updates on company policies, learn how to use new technological services, and receive training for cutting edge tutoring programs. It is the ideal combination of team building and professional growth. Our most recent professional development meeting was held on Saturday, October 19. 

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Posted in Educational Trends, Test Preparation, College, Test Prep, Tutoring, Executive Function

3 Changes Coming to the ACT Test in 2020

Beginning with the administration of the September 2020 ACT test, students will have more choices for demonstrating their college aptitude. ACT has introduced section retesting, superscoring, and faster results with online testing. ACT Chief Commercial Officer Suzana Delanghe says the new changes will provide students with “a better opportunity to showcase their readiness and reach their maximum potential.” 

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Posted in Test Preparation, Test Prep, Frequently Asked Questions, Tutoring

Get to Know the ISEE and SSAT: A Closer Look (Part 2 of 2)

Previously, we explored the key features of the ISEE and SSAT. Now that you know the basics, we will take a closer look at each test. Armed with this information, you will be able to choose the best test and best test prep plan for your child.

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Posted in Test Preparation, Test Prep, Frequently Asked Questions, Tutoring

Get to Know the SSAT and ISEE: The Basics

Applying for admission to private or independent schools can be daunting not only because schools may have their own individual admission requirements, but also because it may be the first time parents will navigate the complex standardized testing process. Don’t panic!

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A+ Featured Student: Regal Noye

We spoke with Regal Noye, a senior at Radnor High School, who recently completed the A+ SAT prep tutoring course. He was thrilled with his results and with his tutor. We asked Regal what made preparing for the SAT with A+ such a rewarding experience for him.

After his mother came across a post about A+ on Facebook, Regal began his A+ journey by taking proctored diagnostic SAT and ACT exams. He was intrigued by the insights he gained as a result of taking the diagnostic exams. Based on the analysis and feedback from those diagnostic exams, and on the advice of A+ directors, he decided to prep for the SAT rather than the ACT.

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Pros and Cons of Test-Optional and Test-Flexible Admissions

For many college-bound students, taking the SAT or ACT test is one of the most critical steps of the college-admissions process. However, recently many colleges and universities have decided to make these tests optional for applicants.

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Posted in Test Preparation, College, ACT Prep, SAT, SAT Prep, ACT, College Life

What’s New at Penn State: Highlighting Local Colleges

When you start considering where you want to spend the next four years of your academic life, it is sometimes easy to overlook all the choices we have locally.

Pennsylvania State University is a world-class institution right in our own backyard. Founded in 1855 and expanded throughout the next century-and-a-half, PSU today boasts 275 majors and 1200 student organizations on over 20 campuses, including not only University Park, but campuses closer to our area such as Abington and Berks.

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Posted in College, College Life

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