This 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.