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 SAT, News

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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Featured Test Prep Student: Eli Minkoff

Eli Minkoff, whose pronouns are they/them/theirs, took a good thing and made it better.

Many students would be content with an ACT score of 29, but Eli wasn’t satisfied. They wanted to soar to new heights, and got there when they earned a 34!

A+ spoke with Eli about this impressive accomplishment.

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Featured Test Prep Student: Cole Moros

Cole Moros believes the sky is the limit.

Like many of our students, Cole was introduced to A+ through a family member. His brother worked with us extensively on school subjects and test prep. He did well and recommended us to Cole.

When Cole came to A+, his SAT score was already an impressive 1370, but he believed he could still do better. By working hard and staying focused, he was able to raise it to 1560—almost a perfect score!

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College Fit: What It Means and How to Find It

Contributed by: Stacey Cunitz, Director of Blue Moon Educational Consulting

Last month we examined the US News rankings and why they are not a good way to conduct your college search. This month, we will take a look at the notion of “fit” and how to find it.

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Posted in News, College Admissions

How to Study for Tests: A Step-by-Step Guide

When it comes to studying for tests, preparation is key. In our newest video, we discuss a few tips to help you prepare, starting with your work in the classroom.

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Posted in Study Techniques, Test Prep

8 Ways to Use Your Gap Year Wisely

Submitted by ContinueLearning_AC

Maximizing your gap year to the fullest requires careful planning and scheduling. You can still use it as a period to recharge, though there’s always a concern that students can easily get sidetracked. Get the most out of your gap year by formulating a plan that establishes clear and detailed goals.

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Posted in Educational Trends, News

Mindprint is Coming to A+!

(Part one of a two-part series.)

Mindprint is now available from A+ Test Prep and Tutoring!

What is Mindprint?

Do you ever wonder why Evan’s tests don’t reflect what he knows? Why is Autumn so motivated in math but so reluctant to do her nightly reading? You can find out why. Mindprint will provide insight into how your child navigates his or her academic environment, which will ultimately help develop her abilities to their full potential.

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Why US News and World Report Rankings Don’t Mean What You Think They Mean

Contributed by: Stacey Cunitz, Director of Blue Moon Educational Consulting

Each year, US News and World Report (USNWR) releases its rankings of colleges, and everyone scrambles to figure out what they mean. On the face of it, they are purporting to tell us which colleges are the “best” colleges. However, when we take the time to unpack the methodology, what we find out is that, at best, the rankings simply reinforce the status quo. At worst, the rankings make us overlook some schools that are doing great work and might be the right fit for a particular student.

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Posted in News, College Admissions

Procrastination: What It Is and How to Handle It

In our latest video, we discuss procrastination and how best to handle it. Procrastinating is something that nearly all of us do. But for some students putting off tasks can lead to the feeling that even starting them is impossible, leading to unnecessary stress and anxiety.

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Posted in Study Techniques, News, Executive Function

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