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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:
Legible handwriting (not cramped, enough spacing between words)
No cross-outs (erase all mistakes)
3 to 5 indented paragraphs (introduction, 1 to 3 supporting paragraphs, conclusion)
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!
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Are you nervous about taking the ACT? Well have no fear; on today’s Tutoring Tips show, Terri Karol shows you how to excel on the ACT science, drawing parallels to New England Patriots Malcolm Butler’s preparation on the football field.
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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.
Are you nervous about taking the ACT? Well have no fear; on today’s Tutoring Tips show Tutor Terri Karol shares five strategies that will help you better prepare for the ACT. This is our ACT Crash Course!
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On today’s show, Alexis is joined by Kelly Queijo founder of Smart College Visit, a resource to help coordinate and plan the multiple college visits during the college bound journey.
Kelly talks about company, and gives us her best tips for what makes a smart college visit vs. a not so smart college visit. She also discusses Campus Chat, her weekly Twitter Chat that takes place every Wednesday at 9:00PM EST. Each week, there is a new topic related to all things college.
For more Information on the Twitter chat, simply search #CampusChat on Twitter at 9:00PM on Wednesday’s and you can engage in the helpful college bound information.
Also, more information on Kelly’s company, Smart College Visit can be found on the web: www.smartcollegevist.com.
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On today’s show, Alexis continues the tutoring tips series and helps those of you who are trying which college aptitude test to take, by comparing the New SAT Test to the ACT Test.
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On today’s show, Alexis talks with Dr. David Keevil a clinical psychologist in full time practice at the Hallowell Center in Sudbury, Massachusetts The Hallowell Center is internationally known as a leader in the diagnosis and treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD), as well as a broad array of mental health and learning issues.
Dr. Keevil discusses some of the challenges students with ADHD may face in and out of school and shares inspiring words of wisdom for anyone struggling with the disorder.
For More Information about the Hallowell Center Visit: www.drhallowell.com
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On today’s show, Alexis helps those of you who are applying for college, decide by sharing: Three Myths About Big Colleges.
Alexis Avila talks to Julie Leven, Violinist ,and Executive and Artistic Director of Shelter Music Boston. Julie is a 2012 has degrees from Boston University School of Management Institute for Nonprofit Management and Leadership as well as from Oberlin College and Conservatory with degrees in English and Violin Performance.
Shelter Music Boston presents classical chamber music concerts, of the highest artistic standards, in homeless shelters and other sheltering environments.
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Alexis Avila talks to Jodi Okun founder of College Financial Aid Advisors and host of the popular weekly twitter chat, #CollegeCash. Jodi worked as a Senior Assistant Director of Financial Aid at Occiental College and over the past ten years has helped thousands of families navigate the financial aid process. Jodi is a frequent columnist for the Huffington Post
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