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Download the PDF: Compare the SAT to the ACT

One of the questions we hear most often at A+ Test Prep and Tutoring is, Which test should I take – the SAT or the ACT?

Both students and parents continually express confusion about whether to take one of the standardized tests over the other, or whether taking both the SAT and the ACT would be most beneficial.

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Posted in Frequently Asked Questions, Educational Reference

The ABCs of College Interviews

In this article I will provide you with information and tips about the college interview process.

There are three main types of college interviews: evaluative, informational, and financial aid. A college's admissions office uses an evaluative interview to gather information to supplement the information provided in the student's application.

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Posted in College Admissions, Financial Aid, Educational Reference

College Admissions Process: 5 Most Important Areas of the Application

The college admissions process can be confusing, even for parents who have been through it with an older child. What factors do colleges look for most on applications? Do they care more about a student’s GPA or her standardized test scores? Should a student strive to get straight As in basic-level courses, or is it better to take some college prep classes and risk getting Bs in them?

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Posted in College Admissions, Educational Reference, Tutoring

Top 12 Things Colleges Look For in the College Admissions Decision Process

The Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA), a professional organization made up of private educational and college admissions consultants, has published a document titled "Top 12 Strengths and Experiences Colleges Look for in High School Students."

A link to the 2014 list, based upon a recent survey of college admissions consultants, can be found at the bottom of this blog post.

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Posted in Educational Reference, College Admissions

3 Simple Tips to Prepare Your Student for an Organized School Year

The beginning of the school year can be a stressful time for both parents and students. Between back-to-school shopping and adapting to new schedules, it’s easy to feel like you are trying to catch up more than prepare for the new school year. Organization is key to starting the school year on the right foot.

Jessica Lahey of the New York Times posted an article earlier this month, “Simple Solutions for Back-to-School Organization (Sorry, No Trapper Keeper),” that details some quick and easy ways to help your student prepare for the start of the school year.

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Posted in Educational Trends, Educational Reference

Five Ways High School Students Can Make the Most of Summer Vacation

Article contributed by College Advisor Cheryl DiLanzo.

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Posted in College Admissions, Educational Reference

What Are Pennsylvania’s New “Common Core” Standards?

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Posted in Educational Trends, Educational Reference, News

Secrets of the Most Successful College Students

What the Best College Students Do

An article on Time.com, by , and based on the work of Ken Bain, provides a useful list of 8 traits that Mr. Bain's research found were common in highly successful college students

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Posted in College, Learning Styles, Educational Reference, College Admissions

Bucknell University Inflated SAT Exam Scores Over Seven Years

According to an article in the San Francisco Chronicle, Bucknell University has admitted to inflating reported SAT scores.

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Posted in SAT, News, Educational Reference

December 2012 Newsletter

Matt Field
The Crefeld School
5 Point ACT
Composite Score Increase

In This Issue:

Featured ACT Student: Matt Field

Matt chose A+ Test Prep and Tutoring, and was paired up with tutor Melissa Nash. According to Matt, "A tutor really helps you get ready for the ACT and become familiar with the format. Tutoring helps you learn the material and learn your weaknesses and strengths."

Motivating Students to Learn with "Mindsets"

One definition of motivation is "the process that initiates, guides and maintains goal-oriented behaviors." One of the challenges many tutors, parents and teachers face every day is figuring out what motivates their students.

Digital Devices: Distractions or Learning Tools?

As digital technology proliferates, devices such as laptop computers, cell phones, and tablets are becoming more and more a part of daily life. And as the technology becomes ubiquitous, the debate over its impact on student behavior and attention spans continues.

SAT and ACT Proctored Exam Schedule for January 2013

Free, no-obligation, proctored ACT and SAT practice exams are open to current A+ students and to members of the community.

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Posted in News, Free Proctored SAT and ACT Exams, Educational Reference

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