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.
A+: Looking back on your SAT preparation, what do you feel was your biggest challenge?
Regal: Not asking questions and misusing the answer key in the course materials. The way that I misused the answer key was that I checked the answers and then when I discovered that they were wrong, I changed the answers immediately rather than waiting for the tutor to help me with the answers that were wrong.
A+: What were some of the things that helped you reach your goal or made the process a good one for you?
Regal: I practiced regularly and stayed focused.
A+: What was the best piece of advice you remember getting from your tutor?
Regal: To let my tutor know which questions I was having trouble with and to ask questions more often.
Regal’s tutor, Brian Gillin, was a major factor in Regal’s success on the test and reason for his satisfaction with the program. We spoke with Brian to learn more about what it was like working with Regal.
Brian: Regal generally had all of his homework completed, and, even after having completed the program, is still taking additional practice tests and doing added book work. He also exhibited a striking ability to paraphrase the information or test advice I was giving to him, essentially reading back to me what I just said, but phrasing in his own way. This is evidence of the higher-order thinking that helps students in testing, school, and life.
Looking ahead to the next stage in his life and reflecting on the testing process, Regal had this to say:
A+: What are your future goals?
Regal: I am applying to George Mason University, Drexel University, Mercyhurst, University of Tulsa, University of West Florida, UT Chattanooga, Texas Tech, Furman, and Marshall. Ultimately, I want to become an environmental engineer.
A+: What advice do you have for students just starting the standardized testing process?
Regal: Just be sure to ask for clarification when needed and don't misuse the answer keys provided.
Congratulations and good luck to Regal!
At A+ Test Prep and Tutoring, our practices are based on the latest developments in educational theory and research. We have an excellent team of tutors who can help you with standardized testing, executive functioning, or achievement in any other school subject. If you want to find out more about our services, our Client Service Directors Anne Stanley and Susan Ware can be reached at 215-886-9188.