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The Advantages of Synchronous Virtual Tutoring

Last Updated on Mar 12, 2020 4:12:37 PM

First, some definitions: Virtual tutoring differs from in-person tutoring because the tutor and student(s) will be communicating via the internet via Skype, Zoom, or some other, similar program; Synchronous means that the tutoring/teaching is happening in real time as opposed to, for example, the tutor responding to a student’s work at some later time with a grade and/or comments.

Topics: Test-Prep, Tutoring, Virtual

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Topics: Test-Prep, Tutoring, Virtual

The Critically Important Difference Between Tutoring and Academic Coaching

Last Updated on Feb 4, 2020 3:27:29 PM

We concede that there can be some overlap between tutoring and academic coaching: Tutors focus on helping students with specific academic-related tasks – such as helping students learn how to solve quadratic equations – but, in doing so, the very best tutors sometimes use techniques that deal with learning skills; Academic coaches focus on helping students with more general, learning-related skills but might do so in the context of specific academic-related tasks – again, such as helping students learn how to solve quadratic equations.

Topics: Test-Prep, Tutoring

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Topics: Test-Prep, Tutoring

Bright Futures Scholarship Update 2019

Last Updated on Aug 21, 2019 11:15:51 AM

Florida Senate Bill 190, dealing with higher education, became effective on July 1 of this year and makes several changes to the Bright Futures Scholarship program. Among the most important of them are:

Topics: ACT/SAT, Test-Prep, Bright Futures

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Topics: ACT/SAT, Test-Prep, Bright Futures

Is the SAT or ACT Essay Required or Recommended?

Last Updated on Aug 1, 2019 6:01:00 AM

These lists were compiled just before the 2019-2020 school year.
Because colleges can change their admission testing requirements during the school year,
it’s important that you double-check these requirements with each college to which you are applying.

Topics: ACT, Test-Prep, SAT

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Topics: ACT, Test-Prep, SAT

SAT or ACT: Choose Wisely - Part 2

Last Updated on Apr 29, 2019 1:35:10 PM

In the world of college admission testing, we’re moving steadily towards a future in which testing takes on a very different look. In Part 1 of this blog, we discussed the existing ACT and SAT. Our goal was to help students and their parents make informed decisions when it comes to selecting and preparing for an upcoming exam. Today, part 2, we’ll examine some current trends in testing and consider how they may shape the future. But, first, we’ll take a look at another test that is occasionally used in the admission’s process.

Topics: College Admission, Test-Prep

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Topics: College Admission, Test-Prep

SAT and ACT: What We Recommend for Sophomores

Last Updated on Mar 5, 2019 6:32:00 AM

Year after year, the same crucial question is posed: “When should I start taking the SAT and ACT?” Our answer: “Early.” If you’ll complete Algebra 2 by the end of your sophomore year, then consider the June* ACT and August SAT at the end of your sophomore year. That leads to the next question:

Topics: College Admission, ACT/SAT, Test-Prep

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Topics: College Admission, ACT/SAT, Test-Prep

Colleges That Superscore the ACT

Last Updated on Jul 15, 2018 9:00:00 AM

 

Updated July 2018

While there are many schools out there that super-score the SAT, the list of schools that super-score the ACT is much smaller. To aid you in search for information, we have compiled a list (with the help of fellow consultants at IECA) of many of the schools that super-score the ACT. While the list does not cover every single college in the US, it is fairly comprehensive.

Topics: ACT, Test-Prep, Concordance, superscore

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Topics: ACT, Test-Prep, Concordance, superscore

Changes to the ACT 2018

Last Updated on May 22, 2018 4:05:15 PM

Yesterday, ACT notified us about testing changes taking effect this coming September that will impact many of our students —perhaps making some consider taking the June or July test. There are two significant changes.

Topics: ACT, Test-Prep

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Topics: ACT, Test-Prep

Missed Oct PSAT? Know What To Do

Last Updated on Dec 20, 2017 1:46:00 PM

Are you a high school junior and possible candidate for the National Merit Scholarship, but unable to take the PSAT/NMSQT test on the October national test date? There’s now an alternative action to pursue.

Topics: Test-Prep, College Planning, SAT

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Topics: Test-Prep, College Planning, SAT

Benefits of Professional Test Prep

Last Updated on Oct 19, 2017 5:34:48 PM

In the very midst of focused preparation for college entrance testing (ACT and SAT), it’s rather easy for student (and anxious parent) to lose sight of a bigger picture.
 
We have in mind the benefits that accrue from guided, methodical practice for the big tests. What are these benefits? They’re wrapped up in our three-word title. First, effective test prep produces an effective, active reader. That’s a student who’s engaged in such a way as to maximize retention.
 
One natural outcome of active reading is stimulation of thought – of thoughtfulness and connection making, two essential components of learning. In the stressful environment of testing, there’s hardly anything more important than the ability to weigh, measure, and consider cause and effect of ideas. Think.

Topics: Test Scores, ACT/SAT, Test-Prep

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Topics: Test Scores, ACT/SAT, Test-Prep

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