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Self-Proctoring: Simulate the Real SAT/ACT and Get Real Results

Why Self-Proctor? Before opening night of a play, actors conduct dress rehearsals to ensure a successful performance. It is similarly worthwhile to complete proctored SAT/ACT exams that simulate typical testing conditions. Current and prospective A+ Test Prep students...

Your Ideal Test Prep Timeline

Your schedule is packed with classes, sports, clubs, and other responsibilities, so it’s tricky to work out the ideal timeline for test prep. Don’t worry! We have it covered. Find out when to take a diagnostic practice test, complete a test prep course or tutoring,...

A+ Featured Student: Fore Abinusawa

Fore Abinusawa is an achiever. Whether it’s running a race for her school’s track and field team or preparing for the SAT with A+ Test Prep and Tutoring, this Germantown Academy rising senior is meticulous and industrious, perfecting her skills and persevering through...

A+ Featured Student: Geena Sarnoski

Curious and driven, Upper Dublin High School junior Geena Sarnoski took the SAT this past May and was able to improve her score by 110 points overall with an 80-point math increase and 30-point verbal increase. Geena was inspired by her brother’s similar success using...

A+ Webinar: Fact or Fiction: Common SAT and ACT Myths

The first thing I’m going to do is talk about the origin of the testing that we do and talk about some of the changes that have happened. The SAT started almost a hundred years ago. It’s been a long time. The ACT came online quite a bit later, but still quite a while ago. They started in different places. The SAT started on the East Coast with the Ivy League, and the ACT started in Iowa City, Iowa, so that was really focused on people in the middle of the country. Eventually the SAT became really big on both the West Coast and East Coast, and the ACT continued to have most prominence in the Midwest and parts of the South. Over time the tests had changed quite a bit, especially the SAT. Over the time that I’ve been doing this (about thirty years) it’s changed about four times.

Test Optional Tips and Trends

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, there were 1,070 colleges that allowed applicants to choose whether or not to submit SAT or ACT scores. Over the past year, about 700 more colleges temporarily suspended their test score requirements, and at least half of those schools are currently considering extending their test optional policies. Despite the fact that life is slowly returning to normal, test optional policies seem poised to continue for the foreseeable future. How have test optional policies impacted students? Who should still take the SAT or ACT? What are other ways, besides test scores, to stand out?

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