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What to Do When Your Test Score Improvement Stalls - The Pace of Progress

A Piece of Cake

The recipe for success on the SAT/ACT isn’t the same for everyone. Think of it as similar to baking a cake: one person can have all of the needed ingredients and baking experience; another person might have experience, too, but still need a few ingredients from the store; meanwhile, another participant without any experience could have even fewer of the necessary ingredients. All three, however, can successfully bake their cakes, but the process for each may vary. 

When students prepare for the SAT or ACT, their level and pace of score improvement can be affected by preexisting factors, such as basic knowledge and past experience, as well as new factors such as studying and tutoring. Knowing what to expect and how to handle obstacles, such as slow improvement or score plateaus, could help students rise to the occasion and taste success on test day.

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3 Changes Coming to the ACT Test in 2020

Beginning with the administration of the September 2020 ACT test, students will have more choices for demonstrating their college aptitude. ACT has introduced section retesting, superscoring, and faster results with online testing. ACT Chief Commercial Officer Suzana Delanghe says the new changes will provide students with “a better opportunity to showcase their readiness and reach their maximum potential.” 

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Get to Know the ISEE and SSAT: A Closer Look (Part 2 of 2)

Previously, we explored the key features of the ISEE and SSAT. Now that you know the basics, we will take a closer look at each test. Armed with this information, you will be able to choose the best test and best test prep plan for your child.

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Get to Know the SSAT and ISEE: The Basics

Applying for admission to private or independent schools can be daunting not only because schools may have their own individual admission requirements, but also because it may be the first time parents will navigate the complex standardized testing process. Don’t panic!

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How Do Colleges View SAT and SAT Subject Test Scores?

Answers to your college admissions questions about the SAT and SAT Subject Tests


Can a student pick and choose which sections of an SAT test the colleges can view, as opposed to just a certain test date's scores? For example, can a student send his Math score from October and his Critical Reading score from November?
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Q&A: Upcoming Changes to the PSAT and SAT Exams

Q: When will the new version of the PSAT be given for the first time? 
A: The new PSAT will be administered for the first time in October, 2015. So students in the Classes of 2017 and 2018 will be seeing the new PSAT this fall.
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Does A+ offer any help for my child’s college admissions essays?


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College Advice From A High School Counselor

Courtesy of Here and Now at WBUR in Boston, Massachussetts.

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What Materials Does A+ Use for SAT and ACT Prep?

A+ uses SAT and ACT materials created by Summit Educational Group, which is based in New England. Summit's course materials are constantly revised and improved to keep up with the latest changes to the SAT and ACT exams. In addition, based on our more than 20 years of experience in one-to-one SAT and ACT preparation tutoring with Philadelphia-area students, we have developed our own grammar curriculum to supplement the Summit course materials.

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Common College Application Terms

Navigating the college application process can be daunting. With so many different schools, majors, and course tracks, it’s important to research your options and plan ahead. While each school is unique, there are some common terms you might come across.

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