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

Remote Tutoring with A+

A+ is based in the Philadelphia area, but we work with students worldwide. We have worked with students in Tennessee, Hawaii, and even Doha, Qatar!

Given how busy today’s teens are, meeting online may be the perfect option, eliminating travel time and making it possible to fit a session in between all of their other commitments. Students are less likely to miss tutoring sessions due to weather, travel delays, etc.

A+ remote tutoring sessions are convenient, productive, and user-friendly. All you need are a desk, a computer, and a quiet space.  All necessary course materials will be mailed to you.

In addition to being convenient, the no-travel aspect of remote tutoring can boost session productivity. Working in a familiar environment allows for maximum concentration and retention. The student is relaxed and receptive to new concepts and strategies.

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Posted in Test Preparation, ACT Prep, SAT, Test Prep, ACT, Featured Student, Remote Tutoring

A+ Featured Student: Alec Kane

 

We sat down with Alec Kane, a Friends Select School junior, who recently went through A+’s SAT prep course with stupendous results! Alec tested in March of 2019 and scored a 1500. That’s a 230-point leap from his original diagnostic score of 1270.

Like many of our students, Alec was drawn to A+ based on positive recommendations from friends. He also followed in the footsteps of an older brother who had done test prep with us.

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Posted in Test Preparation, SAT, Test Prep, Featured Student

SAT versus ACT: Which Test Should You Take?

Should I take the SAT or the ACT? We get that question a lot.  A+ Test Prep & Tutoring has the answer and if you still can't decide A+ offers free proctored practice exams!

Try both the SAT and ACT.  We offer our free proctored practice exams all year round for both the SAT and the ACT.  We can help you understand your results and make an informed decision. 

Watch as Rob Gelb of A+ Test Prep and Tutoring offers some perspective on the right test to take.

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

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

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

A+ Featured Student: Katie Benoliel

We sat down with Katie Benoliel from Germantown Friends School to discuss her A+ experience. Just last month, Katie was able to improve her SAT score by 140 points (over her PSAT score)! 

A+: What brought you and your family to A+?

Katie: It was my friends! I kept hearing how much they were learning and how successful they were with A+. I decided to come to you when it was time to prepare for my college entrance tests. I was a little worried about standardized testing. I go to Germantown Friends School right now. 

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Posted in Test Preparation, SAT, Test Prep, Featured Student

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 Preparation, SAT, Test Prep, College Admissions, ACT

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 Preparation, Free Proctored SAT and ACT Exams, Test Prep

Mind over Matter: Dealing with Test Anxiety

“I’m just not a good test taker.”

If you come in contact with school-age students, you may have heard this lament.

There are many factors that contribute to success on tests. Typically, one of the largest factors is a student’s consistency in completing everyday tasks like homework. If the student is not completing his homework, you can expect that he will struggle with tests. In contrast, some students have high test grades and poor homework grades. More commonly, though, students do well on classwork and homework but receive average or poor test scores. In some cases, this is due to what is known as “test anxiety.”

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Posted in Test Preparation, Study Techniques

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