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Getting Ready for the Test: It's Test Day!

(Part Two in a two-part series.)

In Part One of this series, we looked at how to plan a restful and productive evening before the big day. Now, that day is here. What can you do to stay focused, alert, and calm?

The following suggestions should go a long way towards promoting and maintaining a positive outlook on test day. They are taken from our A+ Test Prep and Tutoring Handbook.

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Posted in Test Prep, News

Getting Ready for the Test: An A+ Pop Quiz

(Part 1 in a two-part series.)

It’s time! You’ve practiced. You’ve learned which test strategies work best for you. You’re ready to show what you can do.

Tomorrow is Test Day.

Maybe you’re taking the SAT, the ACT, or an SAT subject test. However, there’s one thing you have to do before acing any test: get through the night before. A+ has put together this short quiz to help you plan a restful and productive evening before the big day.

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Posted in News, Test Prep

How to Study for Tests: A Step-by-Step Guide

When it comes to studying for tests, preparation is key. In our newest video, we discuss a few tips to help you prepare, starting with your work in the classroom.

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Posted in Study Techniques, Test Prep

SAT or ACT? Find Out Which Test is Right for You

You’re in high school, or you may be the parent of a student in high school. You’re looking towards future possibilities: college, graduate school, graduations, internships, careers.

Not so fast! First, there’s a test.

Actually, there are two tests. College-bound students usually take either the SAT or the ACT as part of their admissions path. The need to choose between the two can trigger several questions.

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Posted in Test Prep, ACT, SAT, Test Preparation, College Admissions

Practice Matters: The Importance of Proctored Practice Exams

What does it take to excel?

In “Why Practice Tests Matter So Much,”an article written for the website Chariot Learning, author Mike Bergin asks us to consider some examples that illustrate the value of practice.

“Have you ever met someone who planned to take her road test without first logging as much time as possible behind the wheel? Do you know any athletes that expect to play if they miss practice? How about actors who perform without ever rehearsing?”

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Posted in Test Prep, Free Proctored SAT and ACT Exams, Test Preparation

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 Test Prep, SAT Prep, ACT Prep

Should I Write the Optional SAT or ACT Essay?—Part 2

In Part 1 of this two-part series, we discussed the value of opting to write the optional SAT or ACT essay. Part 2 delves into the essay itself. Once you make the decision to write, how can you do your best?

The good news is that anything your English teachers have taught you along the way is likely to work here. So let’s take a lightning tour of what features go into a well-written essay.

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Should I Write the Optional SAT or ACT Essay?

(Part 1 of this two-part series addresses whether it benefits a student to complete the essay portion of his or her standardized test.)

To write or not to write? That is the question that plagues college applicants in between band practices, soccer games, algebra quizzes, and proctored practice SAT tests. Should I elect to write the optional SAT or ACT essay? Should I spend even more time taking an already tiring test? Is it worth it?

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SAT and ACT Vocabulary, Revisited

What do the words anachronistic, demagogue, and lobbyist have in common?

According to Quizlet, they are three of the “Top 100 Common SAT/ACT Vocabulary Words.”

Building a strong vocabulary is an integral part of effective preparation for any standardized test. The best way to absorb vocabulary, of course, is slowly throughout all of a student’s school years. It’s done by reading, defining, and using new words. But if you have a couple of months until your first ACT test and you’d like to give your word power a boost, what can you do?

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Featured Test Prep Student: Kiran

In describing Kiran—our A+ Test Prep and Tutoring student currently featured—two words come to mind. Those words are “determined” and “focused.”

Kiran first learned about A+ when he participated in a free proctored practice exam run by our organization at his school, Germantown Friends. Later, when Kiran and his family were investigating options to help him maximize his SAT scores, they remembered us—and decided to give our program a try!

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Posted in Test Prep, Featured Student

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