Here’s Why We Invest In Making Mock Testing Available For All Students

SAT tipsThis just happened: while our proctor was waiting for the last student to arrive to take a mock ACT test, the panicked father called to say they were running late. All streets were closed because of a half-marathon. They had abandoned their cab and were running pell-mell to the subway. “Would we please wait for her?” I told him it’s no problem and don’t get his daughter any more upset than she already was. I imagined she had spiraled down to: “I’m going to miss this test. Then I’ll do terribly on the actual test. I’ll never get into college. I’ll be a failure all my life…” Take a deep breath.

Taking a mock test at our test center has multiple benefits. Obviously it is a practice test. Like the old joke, how does a musician get to Carnegie Hall, improving your test scores is all about practice. That’s why our tutors encourage clients to do as many practice problems and tests as possible at home and at our test center. The latter simulates the actual test experience– as students stress to locate the place and arrive promptly, and then take a timed test with a proctor and other students, with only scheduled breaks.

Home testing is great for learning the material and implementing test strategies and tactics. But home gets distracting. Texts, Snapchat, the phone rings; the dog barks, the bee stings; an unscheduled bathroom break, the sibling’s challenge to a video game, the parent’s request to clean up a mess.

That’s why Ivy Tutors makes it a priority to offer mock SAT, ACT, and other standardized tests to our clients at our test center. Our proctors adhere to the official test timings, then correct and score the tests within 72 hours so the student can work on it with her tutor.

Plus, if the student is undecided whether to take the SAT or the ACT, she can take both at our test center and compare the process and results to determine which one she prefers.

So please call Ivy Tutors to schedule free practice tests for the test-taker in your home. Richard Kaplan, Executive Director  800-476-0596  www.ivyleaguetutors.net  richard@ivytutorsnetwork.com  

Tell Me More About the New SAT & ACT

 

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Tell Me More About the New SAT & ACT

THE NEW SAT

Divided into 4 Sections, plus an essay response:
  • Reading: 52 questions, 65 minutes
  • Writing and Language: 44 questions, 35 minutes
  • Math Test, No Calculator: 20 questions, 25 minutes
  • Math Test, Calculator: 38 questions, 55 minutes
  • Optional Essay: 50 minutes
Scoring:
Scoring has changed! In its attempt to emulate the ACT as closely as possible, the College Board has eliminated the penalty for guessing in the SAT. The overall score is now two scores of 800 for a total of 1600.

Reading and Writing Section:
  • Scores between 200-800 points
  • The number of questions you answer correctly correlates to a raw score chart unique to each test
  • The separate Reading and Writing scaled scores are added together and multiplied by 10. This is your total Reading and Writing Score
Math Section
  • Scores between 200-800 points
  • The number of questions you answer correctly (raw score) correlates to a scaled score chart unique to each test
  • The Math scaled score is multiplied by 10. This is your Total Math Score
Optional Essay
  • Two different people will read and score your essay.
  • Each scorer awards 1–4 points for each dimension: reading, analysis, and writing.
  • The two scores for each dimension are added.
  • You’ll receive three scores for the SAT Essay — one for each dimension — ranging from 2–8 points.  There is no composite for this section (the three scores are provided for individual assessment and are not added together).

THE ACT
Divided into 4 sections, with an optional 5th:

  • English: 75 questions, 45 minutes
  • Mathematics: 60 questions, 60 minutes
  • Reading: 40 questions, 35 minutes
  • Science: 40 questions, 35 minutes
Scoring:
Each section is scored on a 36-point scale, where the raw score is matched against a scaled score out of 36.

Optional Essay:
  • Two different people will read and score your essay on a range of 1-6, which will be added together, on 4 different areas
  • Four domain scores from 2-12:
    • Ideas and Analysis
    • Development and Support
    • Organization
    • Language Use and Conventions
Your score will be the rounded average of the four domain scores for a single subject score between 2-12.
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Tutor Profile!

Justin Swibel is a data-driven tutor focused on setting goals, instilling confidence, and providing each pupil with problem-solving tools necessary for achieving his or her goals. He has four years of intensive experience tutoring SAT, ACT, College Admissions, and high school entrance exams. His students consistently demonstrate drastic score increases averaging between 30 and 60 percent, cumulatively. Justin grew up near Chicago and graduated with high honors from NYU in 2005, with a BFA in Film/TV Production and a minor in Classics. His debut feature film, MODERN MAN (2006), a loose adaptation of Thoreau’s WALDEN, was praised by The New York Times as “a droll parable of mankind at ease after having subdued nature, yet still not feeling in control of it.”

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The SAT is all about confidence. Whether you’re learning tricks, memorizing vocabulary, or taking weekly practice exams, SAT/ACT preparation is about getting to know the exam and gaining confidence in your skills. Over the next few months, we’ll be revealing some of our top tutor tips, so stay tuned!

Reading Comprehension 101 – Underlining

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Reading comprehension questions on the SAT follow the same order as the events in the passage. While reading the passage, try to underline important details, key points, main ideas, and significant descriptions. When you get stuck on a question, underline key words in the answer choices you are deciding between, then go back to the part of the passage that relates to the question and look at what you underlined. Do you see matching words in the underlined area of the passage and anything you underlined in the answer choices? Or do you see synonyms? If so, you have a high contender for the right answer! Underlining helps you stay focused on what’s important in the passage. Matching underlined text between the passage and the answer choices lets you eliminate distractors and work with answer choices that relate directly to the passage.

Now Offering SAT, ACT, AP, Regents Mock Testing

 

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Practice makes perfect. Just ask the guy who scored a 2400 on the SAT for his number one SAT study tip and he will tell you, “Practice under test-day conditions.” While it sounds obvious to you, your 11th grader might be surprised by the importance of this SAT prep strategy. A Saturday morning spent in a classroom in July sounds like cruel and unusual punishment to most 17-year-olds. When everyone else is bragging about the top-secret, killer SAT strategies handed down from “the guy who invented the SAT,” it may seem like learning tricks is way more important than wasting all that time on practice tests.

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SAT Returns to the Drawing Board…Again

The College Board recently announced to members of its board that it plans to redesign the SAT, but specifics on how and when the changes will occur remain unclear. The changes will be made in the 7-year wake of the last SAT overhaul, which took place in 2005 and featured the addition of a writing section and the removal of the much-derided analogy questions. While we have yet to see how these changes will impact the next generation of test takers, members of the education community have already begun speculating on how, why and when changes will be unveiled.

In his letter to College Board members, David Coleman, President of the College Board, wrote that the next changes would be made in the interest of “focusing on a core set of knowledge and skills that are essential to college and career success; reinforcing the practice of enriching and valuable schoolwork; fostering greater opportunities for students to make successful transitions into postsecondary education; and ensuring equity and fairness.”

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