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Frequently Asked SAT & ACT Questions: (2 of 2)

Got questions? A+ Test Prep has answers! If you haven't read part one of this two part post click here.

In Part One of this series, we focused on questions about how admissions exams, SAT and ACT, fit into the college application process. However, A+ also receives queries about our specific role in preparing students for their next academic step. The following are our most common FAQs.

1) Who are your tutors? A+ tutors’ skills are impressive and varied; however, they all have teaching experience. Some are retired teachers; some have taught at the college level. Most A+ tutors have worked with us for many years.

Tutors often have credentials in areas other than academia, as well. Members of our staff have degrees in subjects from English to science to counseling. Our numbers include engineers, linguists, world travelers, and Peace Corps volunteers.

Finally, before our tutors are entrusted with any student’s academic welfare, they must submit security clearances, provide transcripts, pass practice tests, conduct demo lessons, and participate in A+ training seminars.

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Frequently Asked SAT & ACT Questions: (1 of 2)

Got questions? A+ Test Prep has answers!

The college application process is always changing. Even if your family has already navigated the admissions waters, it’s good to make sure your information is up-to-date. By popular request, here are a few A+ SAT and ACT FAQs.

  1. Can A+ guarantee a good score? A guarantee that you will achieve a certain score on the SAT or ACT simply is not possible. Textbooks available in bookstores or on websites often advertise “PASSING SCORE GUARANTEED!” for marketing purposes. Look closer and you’ll find a qualifying phrase such as “….or buyer is entitled to a free book.”
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Reading Questions: SAT vs. ACT

Good reading comprehension is a cornerstone of success on the SAT and ACT. However (as you might expect), it is more crucial on the Reading sections of both tests.

Reading comprehension is actually a portmanteau term, as it combines several skills. You must not only decode information, but you must also understand what you have read and be able to answer questions that require you to analyze, infer, predict, and apply.

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Posted in Test Preparation, ACT Prep, SAT, Reading, SAT Prep, ACT

The SAT and ACT Math Sections: Which Works Better for You?

Math is math is math. The Pythagorean Theorem is always a²+b²=c². The square root of 144 is always 12 (unless it’s -12).

You might think it logically follows that one math test is like another. However, that is not always the case! Taking the SAT math test can be a very different experience than taking the ACT version.

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Posted in ACT Prep, SAT, SAT Prep, ACT

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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Posted in ACT Prep, SAT Prep, Test Prep

Featured Test Prep Student: Maddie Hunt

Recently we sat down with Maddie Hunt, one of our A+ Featured Students, to talk about her success and her experience in our SAT test prep program. Here’s what she had to say!

Q: What brought you to A+?

Maddie: My older brother referred me. He went through the program before me and had a great experience. So when it came time for me to take my SATs, it was natural to come to A+.

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Scan + Score Allows Instant Access to SAT Practice Test Scores

Last year, The College Board announced the launch of a new smartphone application: Daily Practice for the New SAT.

“The Daily Practice for the New SAT app is a remarkable tool. Students are empowered to own their learning; all they need is a pencil, paper and a cell phone,” said College Board President David Coleman.

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How Do I Prepare for the SAT Essay Prompt?

To succeed in something new, it’s important to understand it. This rule of thumb is no different for the new style and structure of the SAT, which has recently undergone a makeover. Between 2005 and 2016, the SAT was broken up into three sections: Math, Reading, and Writing, which included the essay and multiple-choice language questions. Since March of this year, the SAT has undergone a complete overhaul.

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SAT Essay Prompts: 3 Objectives for Success

In March 2016, the College Board redesigned the entire SAT, including the writing portion of the test. The new SAT Essay section asks students to read a provided source text of approximately two pages, analyze it, and write a response. This is in contrast to students presenting their own opinions and arguments in response to a short prompt, which was the focus of the old test.

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How Do New SAT Scores Compare to Old SAT Scores?

The College Board changed the structure and scoring of the SAT test beginning with the March 5, 2016, administration of the test. We shared our initial reaction to the new SAT a few months ago, but now that we have a few rounds of the new test’s scores to consider, let’s look at a question we frequently get here at A+: How does the new SAT compare to the old SAT?

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