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Featured Test Prep Student: Rachel Reale

Rachel Reale is a person who likes to get straight to the point.

When she was looking for a test prep program to help her through the standardized testing experience, Rachel knew just what she wanted. She wanted information that would help her determine which test was right for her—the ACT or the SAT.

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Posted in Featured Student, News

Your A+ Roadmap to College: Part One

When should you start thinking about college?

We are tempted to say, “It’s never too early.” That might be misleading. Certainly, a third-grader has better things to do than compare “superscoring” policies! However, planning ahead allows you plenty of time to make important college decisions without feeling rushed or pressured.

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Posted in College Admissions, News

Making Every Minute of Your College Tour Count

Pop quiz! Taking your first college tour can be:

  1. Exciting
  2. Fun
  3. Overwhelming
  4. All three
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Changes in the ACT National Extended Time Policy - An A+ Update

Change is coming to the ACT test.

As of September of this year, the ACT changed its National Extended Time policy (Timing Code 6 – 50% extended time).

Previously, students who were granted extended time on the ACT under Timing Code 6 were allowed 5 hours to complete four test sections (English, Math, Reading, and Science). Students were traditionally permitted to move from section to section at their own speeds (known as self-pacing).

This has changed.

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What Does It Take to Make an A+ Tutor?

One could make the argument that great tutors (like great leaders) are made, not born. If they are A+ tutors, they are also tested, trained, evaluated, auditioned, and cleared. They have passed background checks and completed orientations. They are forged from a combination of experience, education, and compassion.

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Posted in Tutoring, News

A+ Tutors Bring Experience and Dedication

What does it take to make an A+ tutor?

A+ tutors come from many different backgrounds. Their skills are varied: they calculate surface area; they structure sentences and paragraphs; they proctor tests. Some tutors provide executive functioning support and help alleviate test anxiety. Others have the periodic table memorized. Yet all our tutors have one thing in common: a passion to help students succeed.

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Posted in Tutoring, News

Getting Ready for the Test: It's Test Day!

(Part Two in a two-part series.)

In Part One of this series, we looked at how to plan a restful and productive evening before the big day. Now, that day is here. What can you do to stay focused, alert, and calm?

The following suggestions should go a long way towards promoting and maintaining a positive outlook on test day. They are taken from our A+ Test Prep and Tutoring Handbook.

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Posted in Test Prep, News

Getting Ready for the Test: An A+ Pop Quiz

(Part 1 in a two-part series.)

It’s time! You’ve practiced. You’ve learned which test strategies work best for you. You’re ready to show what you can do.

Tomorrow is Test Day.

Maybe you’re taking the SAT, the ACT, or an SAT subject test. However, there’s one thing you have to do before acing any test: get through the night before. A+ has put together this short quiz to help you plan a restful and productive evening before the big day.

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Posted in News, Test Prep

Can an SAT Exam Be Too Easy?

What happened?

That’s what high school students and their parents were asking this summer after taking the June 2018 SAT. Shocked and angry are perhaps the two words that best describe these families.

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Posted in News, SAT

To Write or Not to Write: Re-evaluating the Standardized Test Essay

You will find yourself contemplating two writing challenges during the college application process: the college application essay and the SAT/ACT essay.

Occasionally lumped together, these two essays are assigned for different purposes. Furthermore, while the college application essay is not likely to go away any time soon, the SAT/ACT essay’s future is much less certain.

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