Although the SAT tests are optional to get in to many colleges, high test scores can be an advantage when applying. Many college admissions specialists recommend high school students take the exams only if they expect to score well. Strong scores on the SAT and ACT exams will help you, but these colleges won’t hold it against you for not taking them.
More and more colleges each year realize the SAT is not an effective measure of student intelligence. The list of schools no longer requiring the SAT grows by the year. Several colleges including UMass Lowell and Salem State University have made the main SAT and ACT tests optional.
Y3K Tutor In Your Home’s Test Taking Strategies #11: Timed Test – First Do The Easy Ones
Some students go in sequential order of the test and get caught up on a question. They spend extra time on that one question and then run out of time. They end up not answering the last few questions due to lack of time. Not anymore!
The trick to defeating a timed test is to work out of order. Answer the easy questions you know. Skip the hard questions or questions that will take a long time to answer. Then after you have answered all the questions you can, go back and spend the rest of your time on the challenging ones. This way a student will earn a higher test score for answering more correct answers.
Y3K Tutor In Your Home’s Test Taking Strategies #2: Multiple Choice Questions – Read All
Read all the choices before deciding on the correct answer. Often there is a wrong answer that appears right or is 99% right but 1% wrong that is put in there to fool you. Students that are impulsive and do not read all the choices, tend to go for these wrong answers.
We are asked all the time the question, “Which standardized test will my student have more success, the SAT or ACT?” Today we will look at everything you need to know about the SAT.
3 academic areas: Critical Reading, Math and Writing
10 alternating sections
Required essay writing
170 total questions
Penalized ¼ point off for wrong answers
Total test time of 3 hours and 45 minutes
Offered 7 times a year
Tomorrow we will show you everything you need to know about the ACT so you can decide which test is best.
Dear Y3K Tutor In Your Home,
Which test is easier the SAT or ACT?
Your question is a great one and one we are asked all the time. The answer to your question will definitely be of interest to our 1,000’s of readers. Each of these standardized tests has their positives and negatives. The short answer is that these tests have slightly different requirements so you would want to choose the test that plays into your student’s strengths. For example one test requires science while the other test requires writing an essay. Check back here tomorrow as we will tell you exactly what you need to know about the SAT and ACT to help you decide which test would be best.
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On average 10.5% of incoming college freshman are rejected each year for Division 1 sports because their high school courses they graduated with do not meet academic standards set by the NCAA. To be eligible to play Division 1 or Division 2 sports, incoming freshman must complete 14 to 16 NCAA approved core courses in high school, score a certain level in the SAT or ACT, and have kept up their grade point average. The NCAA approves most high school classes but does deem some ineligible. Their decision for each town varies.
Data from some local Massachusetts Y3K Tutor In Your Home towns is absolutely shocking. For example Wellesley High School in offers 26 classes, Newton North High School offers 28, Concord-Carlisle High School offers 30, and Newton South High School offers 30 classes that do not meet the association’s requirements for a core course. Lexington High School in Lexington MA is in a category all to itself with a whopping 78 ineligible courses. This data is especially surprising as all of the schools on this list are traditionally top ranked schools year after year.
Y3K Tutor In Your Home would like to send out congratulations to another town and school that we are honored to serve. U.S. News and World Report released their annual list of best high schools across the country and Weston High School in Weston, MA is near the top of the list. Weston High School was ranked 5th best high school in Massachusetts and the 132nd best high school in the United States. They also received a gold metal rating.
According to the U.S. News and World Report website, Weston High School ranks in the 94% proficiency in English and the 94% proficiency in math. Students have the option to take Advanced Placement courses and exams. The AP participation rate at Weston High School is 79%.
Boston magazine recently named Weston High School the best public high school in the Metro West area. Schools were judged on graduation rates, student-teacher ratios, extracurricular opportunities, and academic performances on the MCAS, SATs, and AP exams, which were considered the most important factors, according to the magazine. They point out that Weston High School has a 95.6% graduation rate and 98% of its students go on to college. Over the past 10 years our Weston tutoring and test prep services have helped Weston High School students attain success. Y3K Tutor In Your Home is proud to say that we are a part of the Weston community.
The following dates are scheduled for the SAT to be administered at your local testing location.
January 26, 2013 – SAT & Subject Tests
March 9, 2013 – SAT only
May 4, 2013 – SAT & Subject Tests
June 1, 2013 – SAT & Subject Tests
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Y3K Tutor In Your Home would like to send out congratulations to a town and school that is near and dear to our heart. U.S. News and World Report released their annual list of best high schools across the country and Dover-Sherborn High School in Dover, MA is near the top of the list. Dover-Sherborn High School was ranked 6th best high school in Massachusetts and the 166th best high school in the United States. They also received a gold metal rating.
According to the U.S. News and World Report website, Dover-Sherborn High School ranks in the 99% percentile in proficiency in English and the 98% percentile in proficiency in math. Students have the opportunity to take Advanced Placement coursework and exams, allowing the AP participation rate at Dover-Sherborn High School to be 72%.
Boston magazine recently named Dover-Sherborn High School 3rd best public high school in the Metro-West area. Schools were judged on graduation rates, student-teacher ratios, extracurricular opportunities, and academic performances on the MCAS, SATs, and AP exams, which were considered the most important factors, according to the magazine. Their list mentions Dover-Sherborn High School’s graduation rate at 95.2% and it’s 99% college-bound rating is the list’s highest. Over the past 10 years our Dover tutoring and test prep services have helped Dover-Sherborn High School students achieve success. Y3K Tutor In Your Home is proud to say that we are a part of the Dover community.