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When Should I Start ACT or SAT Test Prep? Downloadable PDF

Preparing for the SAT or ACT is a lengthy process that we recommend starting in the spring of your sophomore year of high school or the following summer.

Starting with a free proctored SAT or ACT Exam is a great way to gain some initial practice and assess your baseline score(s). Based on your test-taking experience and score, we can help you decide which exam you should prepare for – either the ACT or the SAT.

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The ACT Writing Test – An Overview, Part 2       

How is My Essay Scored?

(Second in a two-part series)

It’s test day, you’ve plowed through all the multiple-choice sections, and you’re now facing the essay… What happens next? Does it disappear into the great unknown where mysterious beings will evaluate it against an ancient, unknowable set of standards?

Not Quite.

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The ACT Writing Test – An Overview, Part 1

(First in a two-part series)

It takes a lot of focus and endurance to complete the ACT test. As the Writing test associated with it is optional, the temptation is often to quietly opt out. After all, many colleges do not require the Writing section, and opting out of it means having more time and energy to devote to preparing for the English, Math, Reading, and Science sections.

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Featured Test Prep Student: Stella Kelley

Stella Kelley is one of our latest A+ Featured Students. We recently had a conversation with her about her success and experiences in our program. She had a lot of worthwhile things to say!

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Featured ACT Test Prep Student: Holly Grosse

We recently sat down with Holly Grosse, student extraordinaire, to talk about her achievements and experience as a member of the A+ Test Prep and Tutoring community. Holly is a Junior at Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School. The following are a few highlights of our conversation.

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Featured Test Prep Student: Sam Moore

Sam Moore, a junior at Upper Dublin High School in Fort Washington, PA, sustained an injury last February while skiing, a mishap that prevented him from joining ski club or golf team this year. However, he hasn’t let that unfortunate injury slow down his extracurricular life! He’s currently involved in Spanish Club, Key Club (a community service club), Environment Education Club, and the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA). Sam also finds time to volunteer as a reading buddy to help elementary school students improve their reading proficiency—something he has enjoyed doing since the eighth grade.

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Featured Test Prep Student: Omar Altimany

Seventeen-year-old Omar Altimany has an active schedule. He currently works on the yearbook staff, participates in diversity clubs, and is involved in winter track and field at his high school, Germantown Academy, while also interning at a state senator’s office. Although this impressive extracurricular life would be plenty to keep most high school students on their toes, Omar has also dedicated significant time and effort to his academics in the past year.

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Back to Basics: ACT Essay Returns to 12-Point Scoring

Last year, ACT administrators announced some changes to the exam, effective September 2015. After a few administrations of the new test, it became clear that none of the alterations caused as much of a stir as the new scoring of the ACT essay, also known as the Writing section.

From September 2015 to June 2016, the ACT essay was graded on a scale of 1–36, rather than the 2–12 scale it had previously used.

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ACT Science Tip: Complete the easier sections first

On the ACT Science test, try reading the easier passages and answering the corresponding questions before the more tricky questions. This time-saving tip ensures you gain the easier points first. Listen as Sai Tikkani explains this technique. 

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ACT Science Tip: Read the Passages Carefully

On the ACT Science test, it's very important to read passages carefully, while still managing your time well. Listen as A+ tutor Tom Spencer explains the importance of this technique. 

 

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