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SAT versus ACT: Which Test Should You Take?

Should I take the SAT or the ACT? We get that question a lot.  A+ Test Prep & Tutoring has the answer and if you still can't decide A+ offers free proctored practice exams!

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Posted in Test Preparation, ACT Prep, SAT, Free Proctored SAT and ACT Exams, Test Prep, ACT

Frequently Asked SAT & ACT Questions: (1 of 2)

Got questions? A+ Test Prep has answers!

The college application process is always changing. Even if your family has already navigated the admissions waters, it’s good to make sure your information is up-to-date. By popular request, here are a few A+ SAT and ACT FAQs.

  1. Can A+ guarantee a good score? A guarantee that you will achieve a certain score on the SAT or ACT simply is not possible. Textbooks available in bookstores or on websites often advertise “PASSING SCORE GUARANTEED!” for marketing purposes. Look closer and you’ll find a qualifying phrase such as “….or buyer is entitled to a free book.”
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Posted in Test Preparation, ACT Prep, SAT, SAT Prep, ACT

Reading Questions: SAT vs. ACT

Good reading comprehension is a cornerstone of success on the SAT and ACT. However (as you might expect), it is more crucial on the Reading sections of both tests.

Reading comprehension is actually a portmanteau term, as it combines several skills. You must not only decode information, but you must also understand what you have read and be able to answer questions that require you to analyze, infer, predict, and apply.

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Posted in Test Preparation, ACT Prep, SAT, Reading, SAT Prep, ACT

A+ Featured Student Katie Benoliel

We sat down with Katie Benoliel from Germantown Friends School to discuss her A+ experience. Just last month, Katie was able to improve her SAT score by 140 points (over her PSAT score)! 

A+: What brought you and your family to A+?

Katie: It was my friends! I kept hearing how much they were learning and how successful they were with A+. I decided to come to you when it was time to prepare for my college entrance tests. I was a little worried about standardized testing. I go to Germantown Friends School right now. 

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Posted in Test Preparation, SAT, Test Prep, Featured Student

An A+ Interview with Tina Gregor of College Pursuit

We sat down to chat with Tina Gregor, an experienced College Admission Consultant from College Pursuit. This company, according to Tina, “provides college-bound students and their families with personalized counseling and support throughout the college selection and admission process.” College Pursuit has been instrumental in assisting students throughout the process and celebrating their acceptances to various colleges, such as Drexel, UVA, Georgetown, University of Pennsylvania, and many others.

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Posted in College, College Admissions

Helping Teens Face Their Inner Critic

Contributed by Gail Slogoff

“It’s not what you say out of your mouth that determines your life. It’s what you whisper to yourself that has the most power.”

-Robert Kiyosaki

If you’ve ever caught yourself saying mean things to yourself, calling yourself lazy, stupid, or a failure, then you know what it’s like to have an inner critic. We can be incredibly judgmental of ourselves, and we often say things to ourselves that we would never say to a friend.

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Posted in Educational Trends, College, Learning Styles, College Admissions

How Mindfulness Can Help Manage College Application Anxiety

Contributed by Gail Slogoff

For most high school juniors, the year leading up to application deadlines is extremely stressful. On top of keeping up with classes, studying for entrance exams, and visiting colleges, students have the agonizing task of creating “the list” of schools to which they want to apply. For students, this time period can cause an enormous amount of fear, uncertainty, and self-doubt. As parents, we know it can be stressful, but we don’t always know how bad it can be.

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Posted in College, College Admissions

The SAT and ACT Math Sections: Which Works Better for You?

Math is math is math. The Pythagorean Theorem is always a²+b²=c². The square root of 144 is always 12 (unless it’s -12).

You might think it logically follows that one math test is like another. However, that is not always the case! Taking the SAT math test can be a very different experience than taking the ACT version.

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Posted in ACT Prep, SAT, SAT Prep, ACT

Teens and Service Trips

Contributed by Diana H. Rodgers, Fit Education Consulting LLC

Service or mission trips have become a rite of passage for many high school students. However, short-term voluntourism (a form of tourism in which travelers participate in voluntary work, typically for a charity) experiences have begun to raise red flags among many people, including many college admissions officers.

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Posted in News

Acing the ACT Science Section Part 2: Three Types of Questions

In Part One of this two-part series, we discussed the value of understanding the scientific method, a cornerstone of scientific reasoning. We looked at examples designed to illustrate this step-by-step process, which is used to test hypotheses and establish facts.

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Posted in Test Prep, ACT

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