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Episode 107, How to Get an 800 on the SAT Subject Test in Chemistry

On this tutoring tips episode of The Prepped and Polished Podcast, SAT Instructor Anooj shows you how to ace your SAT Subject Test in Chemistry. Anooj scored an 800 on the SAT Chemistry Subject test, so pay close attention to his tips! In this video you will learn the following:
1. How to study, take practice tests, and use flashcards
2. Memorize key chemistry formulas

Memorize important chemistry facts

Episode 107, How to Get an 800 on the SAT Subject Test in Chemistry

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January 19th, 2016
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24 Hours Until Your SAT or ACT Test? Ten Tips to get you Ready!

It’s 24 hours until your SAT or ACT test. Here’s what to do.

Standardized testing can be stressful & worrisome, but worry no more! Alexis Avila, Founder of Prepped & Polished, Tutoring and Test Preparation goes live on Mass Appeal Channel 22 NBC Springfield to tell us what to do the day before and day of your SAT or ACT Test.

Friday:

Pack all your stuff that you’ll need for tomorrow including:
5-6 Sharpened number two pencils
admission ticket
photo ID
calculator with fresh batteries
snacks and water
sweatshirt
Know how to get to the testing site.
In other words, don’t get lost or may start the test late. If necessary, plug the address into your GPS and drive from your house to the test site.
Eat an enjoyable meal and relax.
Feel free to catch an EARLY movie or watch a movie at home. Don’t go to a late movie or a party.
Don’t cram.
Don’t cram the night before the test and do a bunch of SAT or ACT practice test sections. Cramming will fry your brain and stress you out. Instead, do some leisure reading or memorize some math formulas to keep your mind sharp.
Rest and Get to Sleep early.
Get to bed a little earlier than you usually do so you can relax your mind and body and give yourself plenty of energy going into tomorrow morning’s test.
Saturday:

Wake up early.
By waking up early you give yourself ample time to get into your morning routine. Plus you’ll wake up in a good mood and stress-free knowing you not you already packed your backpack the night before!
Eat a good breakfast full of protein and carbs.
Don’t eat fried or high sugar foods! Instead, a protein and carb enriched breakfast will give you sustained energy over the course of a four hour test. Pre test breakfast suggestions include:
Two scrambled eggs with whole grain toast, and glass of OJ
Steel cut oats with skim milk topped with berries
Whole grain toast with a thin layer of peanut butter and sliced bananas
Do a couple of easy math problems while eating breakfast.
Doing some math in the morning will wake up the brain and keep you sharp.
Leave for the test site early.
If you get to the test site late you may wind up in the worst seat, or even worse, may miss a section of the test.
For a test break snack, eat dark chocolate.
A dark chocolate bar is a really good thing to have if you feel like you’re in a slump. It gives you a burst of energy without the crash.

24 Hours Until Your SAT or ACT Test - Ten Tips to get you Ready

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January 18th, 2016
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4 Things the SAT and ACT Test Creators Will Never Tell You

Check out the Four Things the SAT and ACT Test Creators Will Never Tell You. Alexis Avila, Founder of Prepped & Polished, Tutoring and Test Preparation told us more.

1. You can learn to beat the test. By practicing and learning test-taking strategies (such as back solving questions on the math section or answering reading questions as you read the passage), you won’t only improve your test score, but can ace the test.
I had a student who practiced SAT problems each day, got tutored, and took the test 5 times, and then after super scoring his results (combining his best sections from multiple sittings), he improved close to 500 points and got into Brown University.

2. The essay graders spend no more than several minutes reading and grading your essay. The SAT graders are trained to do a masterful job of glancing through hundreds of essays in a sitting. Therefore, it’s critical that you make a great first impression on the judges by taking care of the basics.
Qualities of a cosmetically appealing essay include:

Neatness:
Legible handwriting (not cramped, enough spacing between words)

No cross-outs (erase all mistakes)

Structure:
3 to 5 indented paragraphs (introduction, 1 to 3 supporting paragraphs, conclusion)

Length:
The longer the better (minimum 1.5 pages. In general, scores decrease as the length decreases)

3.The SAT is probably a harder test than the ACT test.

For years, students have come to my office to take my Test Prep Selector Practice Test which is an ACT SAT Hybrid Test comparing your ACT score to your SAT, and find that the majority of students do better on their ACT sections than on SAT sections. Why is that? The ACT is a more straightforward, less trickily worded exam; with fewer answer choices, no guessing penalty, and best overlaps with the school curriculum.
The SAT, which is getting redesigned starting March 2016 is trying desperately to look more like the ACT. The SAT got rid of the guessing penalty, there are fewer answer choices, and made the essay optional, but still the SAT exam questions look harder than ACT questions! So when applying for colleges, consider taking the ACT.
4.The SAT and ACT tests will help you get into college but not predict how successful you will be in college and post-college.

A good SAT or ACT score may get you into a better college on paper. But it’s proven that an accurate predictor of success is not the college you go to but how you utilize your time while in college.
A recent Gallup poll surveyed nearly 30,000 college graduates last year and found the percentages of students, who were thriving in all aspects of their lives, did not vary whether the grads went to a public or private four-year college.
I have students who got descent test scores, didn’t get into a top college but are doing amazingly well. What is their secret? These students maximize their time while at college. They find great programs and professors to partner with, they take advantage of the many internships available to them, and make great social and professional connections.
Overall I know students who didn’t ace the SAT and they are now young adults running their own businesses, working in careers that suit their passions, and best of all these students are happy. Just don’t tell the SAT that!

4 Things the SAT and ACT Test Creators Will Never Tell You

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January 18th, 2016
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Episode 99, Don’t Confuse Comparative vs. Superlative Adjectives on the SAT and ACT

Alexis Avila Founder/President of Prepped & Polished teaches you how to avoid a common SAT, ACT Grammar mistake:

  1. Use the comparative form of the adjective/adverb when there are two objects
  2. Use the superlative form of the adjective/adverb when there are three or more objects.
  3. Never use the comparative/superlative forms for Absolute Adjectives

Episode 99, Don’t Confuse Comparative vs. Superlative Adjectives on the SAT and ACT

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October 20th, 2015
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How to Get an 800 on the SAT Subject Test in Chemistry

Prepped & Polished SAT Instructor Anooj shows you how to ace your SAT Subject Test in Chemistry. Anooj scored an 800 on the SAT Chemistry Subject test, so pay close attention to his tips! In this video you will learn the following:

  1. How to study, take practice tests, and use flashcards
  2. Memorize key chemistry formulas
  3. Memorize important chemistry facts

 
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October 7th, 2015
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Episode 97, Avoid These Four Common SAT and ACT Math Exponent Rule Mistakes

You will need to learn the exponent rules in preparation for the SAT and ACT tests. http://www.preppedandpolished.com Alexis Avila Founder of Prepped & Polished, LLC in South Natick, Massachusetts, teaches you the exponent rules and shows you the four common mistakes many people make with exponent rules.

Episode 97, Avoid These Four Common SAT and ACT Math Exponent Rule Mistakes

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October 6th, 2015
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How to Get an 800 on the SAT Math 2 Subject Test

Prepped & Polished SAT Instructor Anooj shows you how to ace your SAT Math 2 Subject Test. Anooj scored an 800 on the Math 2 test, so pay close attention to his tips! In this video you will learn the following:

  1. Study and Practice
  2. Diagnose your weaknesses
  3. Calculator Tips

 

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September 28th, 2015
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Episode 94: Elizabeth Dankoski, How a Perfect SAT Score Can Backfire on You

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Alexis Avila talks host of The Prepped & Polished podcast talks to Elizabeth Dankoski

For the past 15 years, Elizabeth has worked as a private college consultant, helping students get into incredible schools: Harvard, MIT, Columbia, Yale, Caltech, Dartmouth, and many, many others. Elizabeth has a Bachelors from Wellesley College Magna Cum Laude. Elizabeth is founder of the Dream School Project, a powerful mentoring program created for high-achieving high school students who want to get into the school of their dreams. Elizabeth created The Dream School Project as an antidote to all of the anxiety and stress around the admissions process.

On today’s episode, Elizabeth gives her take on college admissions mania and based on her experience, what it REALLY takes to get into elite colleges.

Takeaways:

Get the book “How to be a High School Superstar” by Cal Newport. If you want to get into top schools, you need to be INTERESTING

Elizabeth’s next enrollment into her mastermind group is early 2016. Spaces fill up quickly! Her mastermind helps kids find mentors and find opportunities to find interests and flourish.

Two college admissions myths:

  1. Your grades don’t have to be perfect. If you spend too much time on perfection you don’t have time to distinguish yourself.
  2. Just because an elite college is a top 20 in the US News Rankings, it doesn’t mean it’s necessarily the right FIT school for you.

Elizabeth’s Three Take home tips:

  1. Ask yourself what do you love to do and how can I make an impact
  2. Find a mentor (seek an older person who can help you think BIGGER)
  3. Go out there and DO what interests you

Episode 94: Elizabeth Dankoski, How a Perfect SAT Score Can Backfire on You

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September 10th, 2015
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Podcast Episode 39: My Ten Favorite Free SAT Websites

The Prepped and Polished Podcast is an educational and inspirational show that offers tutoring and test prep tips as well as interviews with celebrities and leaders in education. It is hosted by Alexis Avila, founder of Prepped and Polished LLC, a tutoring and test prep firm for K-college.

On today’s show, Alexis continues the tutoring tips series. Today he talks SAT’s as he helps you prepare for your college entrance exams by listing his recommendations for The Ten Best Free SAT Websites:

1. Khan Academy: www.khanacademy.com
2. PWN The SAT: blog.pwnthesat.com
3. The Critical Reader: www.thecriticalreader.com
4. Perfect Score Project: www.perfectscoreproject.com
5. Official College Board Site: sat.collegeboard.org
6. Quizlet: www.quizlet.com
7. Free Rice: www.freerice.com
8. Higher Scores Test Prep: www.higherscorestestprep.com
9. SAT Dude: www.satdude.wordpress.com
10. Prepped & Polished blog: www.preppedandpolished.com/blog

Enjoy, Thanks for Listening and remember at The Prepped and Polished Podcast, We Empower You to Take Control of Your Education!

 

Podcast Ep 39 Ten Best Free SAT Websites

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January 11th, 2015
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New SAT 2016: What Will It Look Like?

The New SAT Test 2016

SAT Instructor Terri of Prepped & Polished, LLC in South Natick, Massachusetts teaches you six changes to the New SAT 2016.
1. There will be significant changes to the SAT test format
2. The redesigned SAT essay will be optional
3. The new SAT test will feature evidence based reading, and evidence based writing & language sections
4. There will be key changes to the SAT math section
5. The scoring differs greatly between the old SAT and the new SAT
6. The length of the test and the way in which the SAT test is given will change

Are you taking the SAT in 2016? Any follow up qs about the New SAT changes?

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