Right Vs. Wrong: Which Strategy Is Better For The SAT/ACT?

The SAT/ACT is different from any other test you’ll take in high school.

Myth: the SAT/ACT is a measurement of your math and reading/grammar skills.

False. Understanding how the test is made is more important than knowing the subject matter.

For most multiple choice tests it’s smarter to look for the correct answer, but with the SAT/ACT it’s just the opposite: identify the wrong answers and eliminate them immediately.

Our tutors will teach you how to identify the types of questions on the test so you can get rid of 2 wrong answers which doubles your probability of getting the right answer.

Imagine your odds on each question improving from 25% to 50%!

The elimination strategy is key to finishing each section with enough time to both skip difficult sections then go back plus re-check your work.

In fact the practicality of this strategy can also be applied to other subjects. Instead of choosing the right answer, narrow down your selections by taking out wrong ones first.

Rarely does any student know every answer on the test, but there’s no reason why you can’t learn how to eliminate half of the wrong answers from each question in seconds.

The SAT/ACT is really a numbers game (not only the math parts). Every student can improve their score with the elimination strategy.

Contact us and we’ll teach you how!

If A Test Prep Company Guarantees A Point Increase, Run!

Benjamin Franklin said there are only two thingsĀ certain in life: death and taxes.

So if a test prep company guarantees a certain amount of points increase on the SAT or ACT: run fast!

There are too many factors in point increases including: new material learned, how much studying between sessions is done, comprehension, test anxiety, enough sleep the night before, the higher your initial score; the harder it is to increase next time accordingly, etc.

Guarantees are more of a desperation sales tactic. It’s getting the sale and offering a money back guarantee if it doesn’t happen. Bold, but at the same time crazy.

Tutors don’t take the test. Students do.

If anything a tutor can provide it’s accountability. It’s challenging for a student to be motivated to take the SAT or ACT, yet much more challenging without some additional help.

Parents, we welcome your involvement in the tutoring process. It’s why we invite you to the complimentary 30 minute video meet and greet with your child and tutor. You can request recordings of any tutoring session to review. Our hope is with our transparency we can earn your trust.

Students don’t want “helicopter” parents, but we also understand parents are paying for this service. They deserve to know what’s going on.

Focus on constant communication in the form of update emails, phone calls, student-tutor, tutor-parent and parent-company conversations. Similar to an annual review, there should be no surprises about an outcome if the feedback is regular.

We’d love to offer a score increase guarantee, but the problem is it’d be a lie. Doing business ethically is more important to us than just another sale. When it comes to serving families we try our best to put our money where our mouth is.

The Optimal Time To Take The SAT/ACT

Conventional wisdom says Spring of your Junior year, then Fall of your Senior year if you haven’t achieved the score you desire yet.

But the problem with that generic reply is it doesn’t take into consideration your overall schedule.

The more competitive academically a student is Spring may overlap with Finals and AP Exams.

If you’re a student athlete games and playoffs factor into your busyness.

You could go on and on with scheduling challenges, but for future college students it comes down to identifying the optimal time to focus on SAT/ACT prep.

Most high school students are procrastinators, so parents you may have to help them strategize on long-term planning.

We recommend starting to prepare 1 – 3 months before the test date so pick the time then work backwards.

Studying during winter or summer break isn’t favorable, but if it allows for the most prep to be done then this might be your smartest choice.

In the big picture you want to take your best shot so making a sacrifice once for an opportunity that only comes along once in a lifetime is worth it.

The best way for students to stay motivated is focus on what score it takes to be accepted to your dream school and provide accountability for doing the work.

We can help you with the latter either through group courses or individual tutoring.

Here’s the best place to start.