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3 Key Ways to Maximize Your SAT or ACT Score

Parents in the Greater Philadelphia Area frequently ask us how their high school students can maximize their scores on the SAT and ACT. Since 1992, thousands of college-bound students have completed A+ Test Prep and Tutoring’s one-to-one test preparation program and have averaged score improvements of 150 points on the SAT and 4-points on the ACT.

To maximize your SAT or ACT test-score, we suggest that you focus on three main areas: Background Knowledge, Strategy, and Practice. Diligent SAT/ACT test-preparation students who embrace these three components will have the best chance of maximizing their scores, and higher standardized test-scores greatly increase those students’ chances of acceptance into their desired college or university.

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Test Prep Priorities: SAT/ACT Essay and SAT Subject Tests

Applying to college can be stressful. Fortunately, recent changes to SAT/ACT Essay and SAT Subject Test requirements have simplified the process for most students. The SAT/ACT Essay and the SAT Subject tests are now required by only a small number of schools, giving many students the chance to focus on SAT or ACT test prep or to take only the tests guaranteed to highlight their strengths. Although it is always a good idea to verify what the schools on your list of preferred colleges want from applicants, there are some general guidelines to consider as you plan ahead.

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PSAT Results: When You'll Get Them and How to Use Them

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The PSAT is administered in October, and not only can it give you a sense of your potential SAT score, but it also can help inform your preparation for an even better score. Plus, score high enough on the PSAT and you could qualify for the National Merit Scholarship. No wonder it can be an anxious wait for results!

When does the wait come to an end? How can you access and interpret your results? What should your next steps be? Fortunately, you don’t have to wait for those answers.

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Pros and Cons of Test-Optional and Test-Flexible Admissions

For many college-bound students, taking the SAT or ACT test is one of the most critical steps of the college-admissions process. However, recently many colleges and universities have decided to make these tests optional for applicants.

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Requesting Copies of Your Test Questions and Answers: A Short Guide

You’ve just taken your SAT or ACT test. From the moment you close your test booklet and hand in your answer sheet, you are anticipating what your score might be. Will it match your highest goal? Will it meet your ideal school’s requirements? Will you need to sign up for another tutoring session or another test?

Those two and four digit numbers are, of course, what we all focus on. But did you know that they are not the only valuable information distributed by testing agencies? Both The College Board and ACT.org offer (under certain circumstances) copies of a tester’s questions and answers and answer keys to help the tester evaluate his or her performance. 

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What Test Score Do I Need to Get In?

Every individual school is unique.

That sounds like a truism and not a very helpful one either. Shall we make that thought a little more specific?

Every school has its own unique set of admissions requirements. This is especially true when it comes to standardized testing. Although individual components may be similar—SATs, ACTs, essays, and SAT Subject Tests—the way colleges and universities pick and choose from these elements is far from standard. Rather than making an assumption about what a university wants to see from an applicant, your best bet is to familiarize yourself with testing requirements at each school you are interested in.

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The SAT & ACT Experimental Questions: What You Need to Know

Students, parents, and educators think a lot about standardized testing. Starting in sophomore year of high school, the SAT and ACT loom large. Which test promises more success? What will be on each section? How can a student best prepare?

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Summer: Taking a Proctored, Practice Test over the Summer

Ah, summer. Ice cream. Fireflies. Picnics. Testing.

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Summer: Making Every Moment Count

Summer is over all too fast. Barbecues, pool parties, vacation trips, fireworks—with so many fun activities, Memorial Day becomes Labor Day in a flash. However, in between weekend trips and rushing to your summer job, consider investing some of those hours in your future.

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The Summer After Your Graduation

You’re a graduate! Congratulations!

What now?

You’ve passed your finals, aced your SAT (or ACT), and received your acceptance letters. The countdown to your first semester has started. But—there’s a whole summer to get through first.

Google “Summer after high school graduation” and you will find lots of suggestions. Most of them are attached to numbers (30 things to do…50 Things to Do…5 Ways to Make the Most…15 Tips…). We at A+ decided to do a little research and compile some of the best ideas.

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