How Competition Makes The SAT/ACT More Important

Did you know that your SAT/ACT score accounts for 25% of college admission?

GPA is 50% while the remaining 25% is made up of extra curricular activities (volunteering, clubs, sports, etc.).

BUT since weighted GPA’s are rising maintaining a 4.0 or higher isn’t that exclusive anymore…

Therefore SAT/ACT scores are the difference maker when it comes to deciding whether you or someone else gets into the college of their dreams.

The reason why is: it’s much harder to get a perfect score on the SAT/ACT.

Which is why SAT/ACT prep becomes more important!

Also, the SAT/ACT is NOT a measurement of how smart you are as a student. Many “A” students score low while “C” or below students score high. It’s because the test makers write the test in order for you to do poorly on it.

When else in your high school career are you going to sit through a 4 hour test? (let alone be away from your mobile phone for that long)

Our tutors focus on helping students demystify the test. For example, we teach you how to identify the types of questions on the test and eliminate wrong answers before you even read the entire question!

If you can take out 2 wrong answers prior to examining the problem your chances double (25% to 50% choosing the correct answer)!

We’re not saying take your grades lightly. Instead take your SAT/ACT prep more seriously!

Your score closes the gap between making your dream school a reality.

Don’t delay. Get started here!

The Dreaded Trigger For SAT/ACT Prep


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.

Which Test Prep Company Should I Choose?


I used to think online dating was a fad…but it’s not.

When I first think of tutoring I imagine face-to-face in my home, but that’s changed too.

With today’s technology the argument for online tutoring is just better. Tutors don’t have to commute (cuts down on price), real-time screen sharing is more effective than looking at two laptops simultaneously in person (tutor-student), plus it’s more convenient for both parties (all your location needs is wi-fi).

When it comes down to choosing which tutoring company to work with, ask what the USP (unique selling proposition) is. What makes you stand out from the competition?

If the answer is: we have/hire the best tutors, that’s as generic as you can get. I mean who’s going to say otherwise?

I can’t speak for the rest, but at Growing Forward Academy we’re about the match.

Go back to the online dating analogy. I’ve hired and/or worked with all the tutors on our team. Each tutor has a profile and when a parent contacts us about their kid, we build a student profile on the phone. We offer a free 30 minute meet and greet with a suggested tutor before you commit to paying.

Is it more time consuming for us? Yes, but in my experience what goes wrong in tutoring has more to do with chemistry than competence.

Adding this extra step at the beginning helps the student and parent try out the fit before buying. In the end, this ensures a better success rate because a student who actually likes his/her tutor will be more motivated, engaged and ultimately perform optimally.

Our focus here is quality, not quantity. Bigger tutoring companies have tons of tutors working for them, but there’s no science to matching tutor to student besides scheduling availability. Private in-home tutors provide no choice. You either like them or you don’t. Driving distance can also be a demise.

Test prep (SAT/ACT) has more to do with demystifying the test than the actual content. What a great tutor will do is equip your son/daughter with the tools to identify what problems can be decoded and give them the confidence to be clear and decisive while taking the test (lessen anxiety).

Let me go a step further into research. Tutors are a dime a dozen. What also makes a tutor great is the environment they are working in. At Growing Forward Academy we are committed to taking care of our tutors. Our motto is simple: we take care of our tutors and they take care of our students.

Tutors are rarely in it for the money. Their motivation is to help students. Our aim is to remove all the distractions so our tutors can do their best work. Culture matters.