Whether used out of convenience or necessity, online remote tutoring is an effective way to receive personalized instruction, from anywhere at any time, on a range of subjects. However, the current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, which has made tutoring at our offices or at home a challenge, presents a unique opportunity to become familiar with and take advantage of A+ Test Prep and Tutoring’s one-to-one remote tutoring.
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Information Updated as of June 18, 2020
Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, many aspects of our daily lives have changed, including scheduled administrations of important college admissions tests. The SAT, ACT, and AP exams have all been affected. In order to stay on track, keep updated on the latest information, continue to actively prepare for your tests, and take advantage of free resources offered by A+ Test Prep and Tutoring.
With all of the cancellations of SAT and ACT college admissions exam administrations this spring, both College Board and ACT, Inc. announced that they'd be working to provide online versions of their exams. Their thinking was that given the health concerns surrounding offering an in-person exam, and the fact that schools might not be eager to host in-person exams this fall, providing students with an at-home option could allow students who otherwise might not be able to take one of these exams the chance to sit for an exam.
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to dramatic changes in our lives. Students, in particular, have had to make major adjustments, including attending virtual school and missing milestone events. College admissions policies are changing as well. As a result of exam cancelations and the possibility of further disruptions to future test administrations, many colleges are temporarily waiving SAT/ACT requirements. In order to plan for the future, find out what experts are saying about new testing policies and get the latest information on which colleges and universities are either temporarily test-optional or are adopting test-optional requirements for a longer trial basis.
Few students or parents will extol the virtues of the SAT and ACT. These college admissions test sare just another requirement students have to meet in order to get into their preferred schools. Recently, however, Tests and the Rest, a college admissions podcast, interviewed David Blobaum, a consultant to schools on SAT/ACT best practices and co-founder of Summit Prep, to explain why the SAT and ACT are, in his words, “awesome.”
Sebastian Skenderi is truly remarkable. A junior at Abington Senior High School, Sebastian spent recent months working with A+ tutors to boost his ACT score, and he did! Impressively, his English score rose by more than 10 points and his Math by 7 points—both are among the highest improvements A+ has ever witnessed. With an overall 5-point increase in his score, Sebastian “definitely rose to the occasion,” as his verbal tutor Pat Graber puts it. To get a better sense of what made this outstanding achievement possible, we spoke with Sebastian and Pat about their tutoring experience.
There is no substitute for human-to-human interaction. And one-to-one in-person tutoring in particular, which enables a high degree of communication and personal attention, provides the opportunity for serious learning to take place.
There is a junior at Germantown Friends School (GFS) who can now add a 7-point score improvement on the ACT to their list of accomplishments, which includes participating in a range of school and community activities. We spoke to this busy junior and their tutor about earning a 33 on the February ACT and the tutoring that helped them become successful.
Before opening night of a play, actors conduct dress rehearsals to ensure a successful performance. It is similarly worthwhile to complete proctored SAT/ACT exams that simulate typical testing conditions.
Current and prospective A+ Test Prep students preparing to take the SAT or ACT can take advantage of the free proctored exams that A+ offers two Saturdays a month. Yet, if a student can’t make it in person to take a proctored exam, or if a student simply wants to practice at home, self-proctoring is a sensible substitute. The current concerns and cancellations related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) make self-proctoring an especially suitable and timely alternative.