Early SAT Prep Tuition Savings Ends May 9!

Early tuition discount ends May 9The early-bird discount for the June SAT prep class ends May 9.   Use the code EARLYAPLUS and save on tuition for the course that has helped hundreds of NC students score higher on the SAT and earn college scholarships.

Remember: students who are serious about college should take the SAT before their senior year. Why?

  1. Getting a good score now makes senior year less stressful. (Students can focus on other, more fun aspects of senior year.)

2. Students will have more time to prepare if they retest. (There’s only one month between tests in the fall).

 3.  Getting a good score early maximizes a student’s  chance for scholarships. (Earlier in the school year is when more money is available.)  

4. Time is money.  (Many students who wait end up retesting numerous times during their senior year to achieve higher scores because of stress and a crammed schedule and often spend much more money to do so than they would have if they had begun the process much earlier. Also, scholarship money is running out.  See #3.)

5. Rising JUNIORS & SOPHOMORES, the SAT will be completely redesigned in 2016.  Avoid the unknown.

The next A+ SAT Prep course begins June 3; register by May 9 and get $25 off (use the code EARLYAPLUS).  

Register early; save time and money!

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Will The New SAT Be Easier? Not Likely…

by Cristiana Quinn, GoLocalProv College Admissions Expert

Wednesday, the Collegeboard released more details and sample questions for the new SAT that is currently in development. Scheduled to be released in 2016, the test creators have promised to make the test more relevant, eliminating rarely used vocabulary words and focusing more on questions that relate to the real world. Will they succeed? That remains to be seen, but from the sample questions released this week, the test certainly doesn’t seem to be getting any easier. Here is what we can glean from the sample questions:

• Thematic changes focus on asking students to analyze things more, whether it is reading passages to ascertain the meaning of a vocabulary, interpreting historical speeches or understanding a scattergram.

• The Math section will focus heavily on Algebra, linear functions, data analysis, reading charts and problem solving. What time the “train left the station and when it will arrive” has been replaced by translating rupees into dollars and analyzing the percentage of fees incurred for pre-paid charge cards. Note that parts of the Math section will not permit the use of calculators.

• The Critical Reading section will become the Evidence Based Reading and Writing (optional) section and will focus on the analyses of texts not just from literature, but also from scientific, historical and social science sources.

• Assuming that most competitive colleges will require the Writing section (based on precedent from the ACT), students will go from writing for 25 minutes and taking a personal stance on an issue, to writing for 50 minutes and analyzing text.

What’s the Good News?

• Students won’t lose points for wrong answers

• A computerized version of the test will be offered

• The Collegeboard is partnering with Khan Academy to provide free online prep courses

• Fee waivers for college applications will be more accessible for low income students

How to Prepare

• Put away the vocabulary flash cards and read, read, read. Exposure to a variety of texts, the ability to interpret passages, and the recognition of words in a variety of contexts will be key.

Read more via GoLocalWorcester | Lifestyle | College Admissions: Will The New SAT Be Easier? Not Likely….


This is How the New SAT Will Test Vocabulary

“This Is How the New SAT Will Test Vocabulary” by Katy SteinmetzThe Redesigned SAT 2016

A redesigned SAT due out in the spring of 2016 will no longer reward students for the rote memorization of semi-obscure word definitions, but instead emphasize “high utility” words they’re more likely to encounter in life.

Graduating seniors can throw their flash cards on the celebratory bonfire next year. When students sit down to try their pencils at the redesigned SAT in spring 2016, the questions about vocabulary are going to be different — remodeled and revised, and for champions of obscure words, perhaps transmogrified.

Students will no longer be rewarded for the rote memorization of semi-obscure definitions. Instead, the words that the SAT will highlight in vocabulary questions will be “high utility” words that students are likely to encounter in life and reading beyond those four hours in the testing location. Even the most studied students won’t be able to breeze through vocab sections, matching a word with definition B by reflex; they’ll have to read and gather from the passage exactly what a word means.  Read more via This Is How the New SAT Will Test Vocabulary | TIME.com.

Click HERE to see a sample vocabulary question (released by the College Board 3/2014)  for the redesigned SAT.


3 Tips for Building an SAT, ACT Spring Break Study Schedule

(The next ACT is April 12; the next SAT is May 3.  A few spots remain in our next class.  Register & get ready now!)

Vacation may seem like the worst time to study, but blocking out time for SAT or ACT prep can give students a leg up on test day.

If you, like many high school students, put off studying for the ACT or SAT because the prospect of college seems distant, you aren’t alone. When students take on schoolwork, extracurriculars, athletics and a whole host of activities, it can be challenging to find the time or energy to review for standardized tests.

Spring break may seem like the worst opportunity to increase your preparation time, but there are several advantages to using that week of vacation to study. You will be able to study during typical class times as well as have a reprieve from extracurriculars and a change of scenery, even if it’s simply escaping your high school.

You will likely have a full week of break plus the weekends before and after to study. But even this is not unlimited time, which means that you must devote yourself wholeheartedly to readying for a spring or summer test date. Follow these suggestions to maximize the days you do have.

1. Gauge your learning needs: Completing a full exam under realistic testing conditions is a task you will need to cross off your checklist on the first day of your break. Knowing from the outset where you stand on the various sections of the test will aid you in developing your spring break study plan.

If your first day off is a Saturday, purchase a study guide before that date and sit for a practice exam on Saturday morning. You will need several hours to do so.

Once you complete the test, grade yourself. Grading is just as important as taking the test. You only grow from mistakes if you know you committed them and take steps to learn what the right answer should have been.

Read more via 3 Tips for Building an SAT, ACT Spring Break Study Schedule – US News.


ACT, SAT scores also a factor in financial aid

A student’s score on either of the best-known exams — the ACT or the SAT — won’t exclude him or her from higher education, said two Omaha-area high school counselors. But it’s vital to approach the tests seriously, they added, the better to enter one’s preferred school, avoid remedial courses and land scholarships to reduce or avoid debt after graduation.

“People think the ACT’s (needed) just to get into college,” said Jeanne Simmons, guidance director at Bryan High School in Omaha. “It is, but it also can decide where you start.”

Read more via ACT, SAT scores also a factor in financial aid – Omaha.com.


4 SAT Prep Pointers You’ve Never Heard Before

In The Perfect Score Project: Uncovering the Secrets of the SAT, author Debbie Stier—a mom with a high school-age son about to take the test— investigates what it really takes to conquer the intimidating college entrance exam. She ended up taking the grueling test a whopping seven times and sampled as many prep methods as she could. The result? An insightful, clear-eyed guide to one of the most onerous experiences college-bound teens and their parents face.  We asked Stier to share some of her most surprising—and most ingenious—SAT prep pointers.

1. Endurance is as important as knowledge.  “It’s essential to endurance train,” Stier says. To really prepare for the nearly 4-hour long test, students should take timed, full-length practice tests rather than just reviewing individual questions. “The SAT is every bit as much about performance on test day as it is about the knowledge being tested,” she says.

2. Practice real-world reading.  “The SAT critical reading section is a vocabulary-based reasoning test. Most of the passages are college-level nonfiction, which is not what most high school students are used to reading,” Stier advises. “As early as ninth grade, have your child pick one article a day from a periodical such as the New York Times (or another publication with comparable reading level) and identify the main point as well as unfamiliar vocabulary. It’s a great exercise—and gives you quality time together!”

Read more via 4 SAT Prep Pointers You’ve Never Heard Before – Reporter-Times: Living.


Students say that A+ Prep Classes are MOTIVATING & RICH

A+ just finished a statewide tour helping students prepare for the upcoming ACT.  Here’s what students at one school (Randolph Early College HS)  had to say about our classes:

cropped-a-logo-2011.jpg”I feel MOTIVATED!!!!” I got to understand the true meanings of each subject not just for the ACT but for classroom reasons. I feel better about getting an overview of a big test I need to take.”~~”The instructor had a lot of energy and knew the material.”~~”This class made me less nervous about this big test.” ~~”We need more class time with her!”~~”The teacher has an exciting teaching style and knows a lot about the ACT.” ~~”Mrs. Brown answered all of our questions thoroughly.”~~”I would like to have had more time with the instructor.”~~”Mrs. Brown was very upbeat and enthusiastic.  She made the class very fun and was great at explaining any problems we had.” ~~”I enjoyed it and feel more confident.”~~”The answering system was awesome.”~~”The teacher efficiently explained tips for becoming a better test taker.”~~”Overall this class was very motivating.”~~”I like that Mrs. Brown made us students interact and she made sure it wasn’t boring.”~~ ~~”This class broadened my idea of what is needed for my future.” ~~ “Fast paced with info that I need.”~~”I learned so much because of all the techniques she showed us.”

Don’t miss your chance to get motivated and get prepared.  Our next SAT starts April 22.

 Registration is open, and only a few seats remain.