I will help the student review the math material and guide them through translating the problems, time management and test taking techniques. This includes math for: SSAT, ISEE, EXPLORE, PSAT, SAT, ACT, SAT subject math I & II, GMAT, GRE, HESI, NCLEX, PCAT and ASVAB. I can also help with the math for the COMPASS and the ACCUPLACER tests or any other standardized test.
What are PSAT/SAT/ACT:
PSAT: a shorter version of the SAT with no essay. It qualifies the student for the National Merit Scholarship (NMSQT), given in October of 11th grade.
SAT: the most widely accepted test scored out of 1600. Has an optional essay, but it is recommended to always sign up for it.
ACT: accepted by all colleges, scored out of 36. Also, comes with highly recommended optional essay.
SAT subject test: a 1-hr test required by some colleges to show mastery of high school subjects, scored out of 800. Recommended after the AP exam.
-College Board-Khan Academy:
Link your College Board and Khan Academy accounts so that future test will be sent and used to customize practice:
1. Log in to your Khan Academy account at satpractice
2. Agree to link your Khan Academy and College Board accounts.
3. Sign in to your College Board account and hit SEND to send your scores.
4. After clicking send you will be redirected to SAT practice one the Khan Academy site.
5. You can remove the link at any time by clicking on REVOKE.
-QAS ( Question-and-Answer Service) and SAS (Student Answer Service):
Request the QAS if you are taking the October, January and May test using this form or through online registration, as those are the only dates when this service is available. QAS is a service that will send you a copy of the test, table of correct answers and scoring information. It will also include a list of type and level of difficulty of each question along with your answer. SAS will send only the type and level of each question along with your answer.
The college board has officially released 6 practice tests. All can be found at the Khan Academy website . Tests 1 through 4 are in the official College Board Book.
Which one to take:
Take practice tests for both the SAT and ACT during the sophomore year to see which one you do better in. There are several free tests offered at the local libraries or online for practice purposes. Prepare during the summer between your sophomore year and your junior year.
When to take the tests:
At the start of 11th grade. create a test-taking schedule to ensure that there will be no conflict with activities, holidays, SAT subject tests and AP tests. Use these test dates to plan your tests for the year. Note that the test will be now be administered August of 2017 and every August after that!
I recommend you take each test 2 times but no more than 4 times spread out over your junior year. Make sure you have done about 8-10 practice tests for any test you are planning to take. Practice is Key!
For SAT subject tests, start as early as your freshman year. Take a subject test for any AP class you are taking, and schedule the subject test right after the AP exams as you should be fully prepared by then. Do remember to get an SAT subject study book to prepare instead of just using your AP study guides. The SAT subject is only one hour and has a very different format than the AP test, but generally easier. Some subject tests can be taken anytime during the year that is convenient for you, especially the ones you decide to self-study for.
Standardized Tests and College Admission:
Remember that the tests are only one part of your college application. Instead of taking the tests several times, invest any extra time and resources in extracurriculars or summer experiences to make a well-rounded application and show varied interests.