Test Anxiety

Test Anxiety, Test Prep

Why The SAT/ACT Is A Numbers Game (Not Just The Math Section Either)


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Scoring high on the SAT or ACT has more to do with demystifying the test than it does with actual math and English comprehension.

Did you know the test makers create the assessment for students to get problems wrong?

That’s important because there are “rules” to the SAT/ACT to follow that will help you score more points fast.

For example, there are 4 answers to choose from for each question, but did you know that if you’re able to instantly eliminate 2 of the wrong answers your chances of getting the right answer doubles?

1 out of 4 = 25% vs. 2 out of 4 = 50%!

The test taking tips that our tutors teach will help you identify each type of problem so you can knock out 2 wrong answers right away.

Practically the test taking strategies you’ll learn for the SAT/ACT are transferrable to academic subjects. Most of our clients who do test prep with us end up continuing with academic tutoring because they experienced great results and love the tutor they’re working with.

There’s a myth that only “smart” kids who already do well in class are exclusively high achievers on the test, but that’s false. Some students who normally get good grades struggle with test anxiety on the SAT/ACT where as students who have average grades can attain near perfect scores.

The moral of the story is this: once you understand how the test is made, you will score higher.

That’s why working with one of our tutors is so valuable.

The better prepared you are, the higher chance for success you have.

Don’t just study harder, study smarter with us.

Test Anxiety

The Dreaded Trigger For SAT/ACT Prep


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Test prep helps battle the fear of the unknown, or test anxiety.

If I asked you to do a word association for taking the SAT/ACT most descriptors center around stress.

When else in life are you going to take a 4 hour test? (Unless you want to become a doctor or lawyer)

Comprehension is key. If you don’t know the material, you probably won’t score well, BUT studies show the difference between good and great scores come down to limiting mental mistakes.

That can include: rushing, going too slow, not checking your answers, forgetting what you learned, etc.

The methods we use at Growing Forward Academy focus on strategy: how to take the test.

Did you know the makers of the test wrote it to trip students up?

Colleges accept students on a curve and since universities have gotten more competitive over time a higher score on the SAT/ACT is needed just to be considered. (If you want the exact score needed to get into your college of choice: find it here)

Therefore the value in hiring a tutor is being able to identify a problem, eliminate half the the wrong answers immediately and feeling confident in your solving process.

Being in the right mental state helps you perform at the highest level. That’s why the more reps (homework) you accomplish between sessions will produce the greatest results.

There’s a misconception that tutors give students the answers, but we believe that doesn’t really help. Your tutor is not going to take the test for you, so what’s most important is knowing the tips and tricks of the test ahead of time so when they appear on test day you’re prepared.

Most of the students who work with us on test prep transition to academic subjects once the test is over because the “chemistry” between the student-tutor is already there and a lot of the test taking strategies are transferrable to other classes.

The goal here is: to equip your son/daughter with the skills to beat the test. The added confidence of knowing what to expect on test day can heavily influence their future.