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Quick and Easy ACT Prep

WOW! Did the ACT test date sneak up on you? As in, today is Monday and the test is Saturday and you’re freaking out? Take a deep breath. Follow the pointers below. You’ll be great.

The Week Before

  • Get plenty of sleep each night from now until the exam. A full 8 hours the night before the test is good, but building up to that is even better. Your body and brain need to rest so they can be ready to focus the day of.
  • Read newspaper articles in their entirety. Do this every day. It’s easy to skim articles when you see them online, but getting in the habit of reading an entire article on paper in front of you will prepare you for the test. Really ambitious? Write a few summarizing sentences describing the article and your response to it.
  • Check the ACT Test Prep website for their Question of the Day!
  • Get together with friends who are taking or have taken the test to discuss it. They can offer you pointers and you can quiz each other on vocabulary.

The Day Before

  • Get everything you need ready to go in one pile the night before. Seriously do this! It will make your life so much easier to wake up early, grab your backpack and go. This includes your calculator, photo ID, admission ticket, and pencils.
  • Double and triple check your test center address, the route you’ll take to get there, and your reporting time.
  • Go to bed at a reasonable hour!

The Day Of

  • Eat some breakfast! Even if you are not normally a breakfast person, eat or drink something so you aren’t operating on a completely empty stomach.
  • Pack a snack to have during your break to keep your fuel levels up!
  • Bring water, but don’t chug it before you enter the test. You’re going to be in there for a while and you don’t want your brain focusing more on the bathroom than the test questions.
  • Bring a sweater – some test centers might be cold! Again, you don’t want to be uncomfortable or focus too hard on anything other than the test.

The Day After

  • Let it all go! You’ve done all you can and now the only thing you need to do is wait for the results.
  • If you get the results and you’re less than pleased, register to take the test again and spend more time on practice questions this time around.
  • If you get the results and you are satisfied, CONGRATS! You did it.

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Upcoming ACT and SAT Test Dates and Deadlines

With spring SAT and ACT test dates here, it’s important to remember your deadlines and test dates! While you’re sitting at home taking practice tests, going over a mountain of vocabulary cards, and trying to decide where the comma should be in a sentence, you do not want to forget the most important thing: actually signing up for the test before the registration deadline! The logic is simple here. If you don’t sign up, you can’t take the test!

Here is the breakdown for approaching test dates:

SAT

May 5th SAT
Registration for this date has passed; however, if you’re taking that test, good luck! Remember to eat a good breakfast, bring plenty of number two pencils and erasers, and show up early to the testing facility

June 2nd SAT 
Registration for this test date is quickly approaching. Registration for this test closes on May 8th. Late registration is May 22nd. Remember, all deadlines expire at midnight (Eastern Standard Time) on the day of the deadline.

ACT

June 9th ACT Registration for this date is fast approaching.  To register without a late fee for the June test, you must register by May 4th at the latest. Have you taken either test already and received your scores? With the Cappex What Are My Chances (TM) Calculator you can get a handle on what are realistic admissions options for you with those scores and help you narrow down where you should be applying. It is always important to have combinations of safety, realistic and reach schools. Utilizing Cappex along with your guidance counselor is a great way to figure out where you should be applying. Remember, the results of your SAT/ACT tests are not the end of the world. If you do not do as well as you hoped on your first or second try, you can always take the test again! So do your practice tests, study your vocabulary words, and walk in to the test with confidence and a calm demeanor! RELAX!

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GRE ScoreSelect: What the New Policy Means for Test Takers

If you’re not familiar with the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), the GRE is a standardized test often required for graduate school acceptance. Like the SAT, it has verbal, math, and written sections. According to The Chronicle of Higher Education, a new policy regarding the GRE has been introduced.

The new policy, ScoreSelect, allows for students to be able to choose what test scores they want sent to colleges. Previously, a student could take the GRE three times, and all three scores for all sections would automatically be sent to potential colleges. With the new policy, a student could take the GRE three times, and then choose the highest score for each of the sections to be sent to colleges. ScoreSelect will be available for test takers starting in July of 2012. According to ETS (Educational Testing Service), this will allow students to take the test more confidently.

There are mixed feelings regarding ScoreSelect. While some believe this will reduce stress for test-takers, others believe that if students can choose to submit only their highest scores after taking the test multiple times, colleges will just hike up the minimum GRE score for acceptance, making acceptance into graduate school even harder.

While ScoreSelect will be made available for those who wish to use it, students may also continue to use the old system that sends all test scores to all colleges, or just the most recent test scores to all colleges.

What does this new policy mean for test takers? The following is a list of pros and cons for ScoreSelect:

Pros:

  • Students will likely be less stressed on test day, which may allow them to perform better.
  • Taking the test multiple times will increase your familiarity with the test’s structure.
  • Students may feel more in control of their graduate application by having the ability to choose what scores are being sent.
  • Students may feel the higher scores are the more accurate readings of their abilities.

Cons: 

  • Students will likely be less stressed on test day, which for some students, may allow them to perform poorly.
  • Students may be less inclined to spend time studying for the GREs if they assume they can have do-overs.
  • With the ability to pick only the highest scores, students are more likely to take the test more often, which means more money is being spent on it.
  • College admissions boards will no longer have a gray area in which they could argue a lower-than-average score was due to a bad test day. Potential colleges will view GRE scores as your highest ability.

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