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SAT or ACT? Find Out Which Test is Right for You

You’re in high school, or you may be the parent of a student in high school. You’re looking towards future possibilities: college, graduate school, graduations, internships, careers.

Not so fast! First, there’s a test.

Actually, there are two tests. College-bound students usually take either the SAT or the ACT as part of their admissions path. The need to choose between the two can trigger several questions.

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Posted in Test Prep, ACT, SAT, Test Preparation, College Admissions

SAT/ACT Hybrid Tests: Don't Drink The Kool-Aid

Michael Dean, of Summit Educational Group in Massachusetts recently wrote a blog post describing why it's not a good idea for students to take SAT/ACT hybrid tests provided by some test preparation companies.

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Posted in SAT, Free Proctored SAT and ACT Exams, ACT

Five Things You Should Know About Taking the New ACT Writing Test

The ACT Writing section took on a new format in September 2015, which changes the way students should prepare for this optional segment of the test. Here are five things you should know about the New ACT Writing Test.

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Posted in ACT, Writing Skills, Test Preparation

Featured Test Prep Student: Nicholas Dahl

Nicholas Dahl of Philadelphia is all about efficiency. The 17-year-old junior at Germantown Friends School has to be—his busy schedule includes accelerated courses, mock trial, student government, and year-round competitive running (track, cross-country, and indoor track). So when it came time to focus on preparing for the ACT test, he wanted a solution that would maximize his time. After completing a one-on-one ACT prep program with A+ Test Prep and Tutoring, Nick achieved a nearly perfect ACT score of 35 (out of a possible 36 points). Here is how he did it. 

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Posted in ACT Prep, ACT, Featured Student

5 Myths About ACT Tutoring

Your college-bound son or daughter has decided to take the ACT test, and you want to help him or her score well on the exam. Your friends have advised you to look into an ACT tutoring program, but is that really necessary? Each family is different, so ultimately you should do what is best for yours. However, below is a list of facts that may help you decide. 

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Test Prep Tip: Underlining and Taking Notes on the SAT or ACT [Video]

Parents often wonder what their child can do to improve their understanding of questions on the SAT or ACT. A+ mathematics tutor, Tom Spencer, provides a great tip about using underlining and notetaking as a resource for test success.

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Posted in Test Prep, ACT, SAT

ACT Writing Enhancements for Fall 2015

The optional essay section (Writing test) of the ACT is changing beginning with the September 12, 2015 test date. The revised ACT essay format was designed to provide more insights to help students become college and career ready.

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Posted in ACT, Test Preparation, Writing Skills

Featured Test Prep Student: Monica O'Donnell

Monica O’Donnell has a myriad of extracurricular activities on her résumé. She plays marimba in the marching band, runs track, takes piano lessons, is a member of various honor societies, participates in the ski club, and finds time to mentor incoming freshman students. Even with all that on her plate, the 17-year-old rising senior from Council Rock High School North is a strong student. 

But when her PSAT scores didn’t reflect how well she does in school, her guidance counselor recommended she look into A+ Test Prep and Tutoring.

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Posted in ACT Prep, ACT, Featured Student

Test Prep Tip: Guessing on Multiple Choice Questions [Video]

Multiple choice questions can be extremely helpful, but they also cause many students to overthink their answer. What is the best way to approach an ACT or SAT question when you have narrowed the options down to 2 or 3 possible answers?

A+ tutor, Brian Gillin, has a helpful test prep tip for answering multiple choice questions on the SAT and ACT.

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Posted in Test Prep, SAT, ACT

Featured Test Prep Student: Sami

Sometimes a student has the knowledge and skills he needs to succeed on the ACT, but he lacks the confidence to help him perform well on test day.

Sami, a 17-year-old junior at William Penn Charter School, wanted a test prep program that would help him stay calm and confident throughout the process of studying for and taking the ACT. His family decided to sign Sami up to take a free diagnostic test that the company offers regularly.

His mother, Faith, said once they gained an understanding of the A+ program’s philosophy and services, it was an easy choice.

“Doing well on the exam is a key priority, and I knew he’d prefer the one-to-one style of test prep,” Faith said. “After talking with A+ president Dan Ascher and getting some background, it was clear it would be a personalized service.”

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Posted in ACT Prep, ACT, Featured Student

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