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        Prep for December SAT

        • Premium SAT/PSAT ® Class  - Tues/Thurs,  4:00 - 6:00 pm,  October 19th - December 2nd.  No class 11/25

        Our students increase an average of 152 points on the SAT.  88% increase by at least 100 points.  Some students even increase by more than 300 points.  Our ACT students typically improve between 4 and 6 points.  Follow links below for more details.

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        SAT or ACT: Which is better for you

        Many parents come to a crossroads regarding which admissions test would be best for their child. Many stick with the test that is more prevalent among colleges in their area. For example, the ACT is more prevalent in Oklahoma and Arkansas, whereas the SAT is more popular in Texas. Surprisingly, this is not because colleges in these places exclusively require one test or the other. In fact, I do not know of a single school in any of these three states that exclusively requires either test. Therefore, students should choose according to what is best for them.

        The best approach for nearly every student is to take both tests. A student may elect not to send the scores to schools from any test until he or she is ready. For example, say a student plans to take both tests during the spring of their junior year but is not sure how they will do. They can decide not to send the scores to any colleges until they find out how they did. There is an additional fee but it might be worth it just to relieve some of the pressure. If they like their, scores they can go ahead and have them sent to the colleges to which they are applying or they can decide to take either test again and then send the scores.

        Another reason to take both is that some students may do better on one test than the other. This may depend on a student having skills that are better suited to one test more than the other. For example, students who know all the key math formulas have an edge on the ACT because these useful formulas are not included in the test instructions; students must know them. In contrast, these formulas are present as part of the SAT instructions so students do not have to know or memorize them.

        Sometimes a student may feel more comfortable with the nature and design of one test over the other. I had a student last year who did well on the ACT math section but poorly on the SAT math section. This difference appeared consistently on both real and practice tests. She was above the 60th percentile on the ACT math section and around the 40th percentile on the SAT math section. The only explanation I could come up with was that the layout of the ACT fit her better. Taking both tests will give the student feedback that he or she can use to decide if another test is a good idea and which test on which to focus their preparation. If the student does considerably better on one test, they should probably study for and take that test again.

        Excerpt from The Parent’s Guide to the SAT and ACT by James Pipkin, 2007

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        The cost of a college education is higher than ever. How will you afford this expense? What if your children attend elite or out-of-state schools? What if they don’t graduate in four years? The costs can be monumental. This workshop will teach you how to send your children to the college of their dreams without bankrupting your retirement nest egg. You’ll discover strategies that may enable you to qualify for financial aid, sources for scholarships, and strategies for maximizing your wealth and minimizing your tax exposure, giving you greater cash flow for funding a college education. Please join Knowledge Guides as they host The College Funding Coach® via ZOOM webinar on April 22nd @ 6:30 PM Central. This is information you can’t afford to miss!  To register for this event, click here.   Please take a look around our website www.thecollegefundingcoach.org for helpful resources and information. 

         

         

        Local Scholarship Deadlines Nearing

        Parent Webinar:   LEARN HOW TO SEND YOUR KIDS TO COLLEGE WITHOUT GOING BROKE!

         The cost of a college education is higher than ever. How will you afford this expense? What if your children attend elite or out-of-state schools? What if they don’t graduate in four years? The costs can be monumental. This workshop will teach you how to send your children to the college of their dreams without bankrupting your retirement nest egg. You’ll discover strategies that may enable you to qualify for financial aid, sources for scholarships, and strategies for maximizing your wealth and minimizing your tax exposure, giving you greater cash flow for funding a college education. Please join Knowledge Guides as they host The College Funding Coach® via ZOOM webinar on April 22nd @ 6:30 PM Central. This is information you can’t afford to miss!  To register for this event, click here.   Please take a look around our website www.thecollegefundingcoach.org for helpful resources and information. 

         

        There are quite a few local scholarships with approaching application deadlines.

        1. The Arlington Board of Realtors offers scholarships to “5 students graduating from an Arlington ISD, Mansfield ISD or Kennedale ISD high school, an area private school or an area home school.”  Amount:  $1000 each.  Deadline:  February 27, 2019.  Link to apply:  http://www.arlingtonrealtor.com/index.php/our-foundation/foundation-education
        2.  The Arlington Voice Investigative Journalism Scholarship is available to “students of public, private, and homeschooling environments.”  Amount:  $500.  Link:  https://arlingtonvoice.com/scholarship
        3. Scovell Scholars awards students in North Texas who are planning to attend a Texas college or university.  Deadline:  March 1.  Amount:  $4000.  Link:  http://scovellscholars.com/
        4. The FWHCC Scholarship is available to high school seniors who reside in Tarrant County.  Deadline:  April 19, 2019.  Amount:  $500 – $3000.    https://www.fwhcc.org/scholarships/

        Here’s a great link to some of these scholarships and more like them provided by the Arlington School District:  https://www.aisd.net/district/departments/academic-services/transformational-learning/social-and-emotional-learning/guidance-and-counseling/scholarships/

        Also, scholarship search engines such as https://fastweb.com and https://www.scholarships.com/ can help match you to specific scholarships for which you qualify.

        Prep In-Person or Virtually

        In response to the current pandemic, students have the option to take our SAT and ACT Courses in-person or virtually.  Our courses are capped at a max of 5 students in person, and we follow the standard social distancing and health guidelines.  In addition, students have the option to do our programs virtually as well.  This applies to group or individual courses.  Students who opt to do one of our group courses will view the course using Zoom according to the set class schedule.  Our next group class begins December 21st at 4 pm to prepare for the January PSAT.  Please give us a call if you are interested at 817-451-6200.  View Schedule

        5 Reasons Test Prep Can Help Your Child Succeed

        College admissions tests are difficult, but they don’t have to be.  Here are 5 Reasons that our SAT and ACT Classes are beneficial and how they can help your child succeed:

        1. Prep Builds Confidence.  By practicing on the SAT and ACT, students learn what to expect.  They learn the rules and get a feel for the content and difficulty level.
        2. Prep Lets Students Practice Pacing.  Students get to practice on each section and figure out what pace works best for them.
        3. It’s a Chance to Review.  By the time students are juniors, it may have been over several years since they learned algebra I and Geometry and at least a years since Algebra II, at least for some.  By spending some time preparing, students get a chance to review and practice on math or grammar concepts that they may be rusty on.
        4.  Kids learn Strategies.  Some strategies are subject specific and focus on math or Grammar.  Whereas some strategies apply throughout, such as elimination.  Anything kids can do to eliminate wrong answers will improve their odds.
        5. Practice and preparation helps kids do their best.  Kids start with a baseline and then learn strategies and techniques in our course that help them improve their scores.  They find out that a lot of the questions they miss are caused by simple errors they can correct.

        To find out where to start, check out our Summer Prep schedule by clicking on this link:  Summer Schedule

        College Prep for 10th Graders

        This post includes some test prep suggestions for students heading into their 10th grade year.  This will be followed by posts with suggestions for Honors 10th graders and posts for 11th graders.  Please feel free to contact us to respond to this post.  You are welcome to ask questions or make comments.

        First, I will provide some suggestions for students in regular classes and then give some suggestions for honors and AP Students in subsequent posts.

        10th Grade Year: Take the PSAT during the Fall - Non-Honors Students

        Most school counselors will urge their Advanced Placement (AP) and honors-track students to take the PSAT their 10th grade year. However, many schools do not encourage non-honors students to take the PSAT. This is unfortunate because many of these non-honors students will wind up going to college. Talk to your child’s counselor and school administrators and make sure you get your child signed up for this test. Taking this test will benefit non-honors students in several ways.

        First, it gives them a diagnostic test that shows strengths and areas needing improvement. Having this knowledge in the 10th grade year will help you determine if you need to sign your child up for remedial tutoring. You may then use this as a baseline to track improvement on the next PSAT and later SATs.

        Second, it will be valuable as a practice exercise in which your student will become more familiar with the PSAT and SAT. They will learn the standard test format including question types and content.

        Third, they will have an additional chance to practice their test-taking skills. My experience is that students become better test takers with practice, so take advantage of every opportunity. Finally, if they do well — for example, score better than the 70th percentile or so — on the composite score, you may want to prep them for the 11th grade PSAT to try to qualify for a National Merit Award.

        Excerpt from The Parent's Guide to the SAT and ACT, by James Pipkin

        College Prep Tips for 11th graders

        11th Grade Year: All College-Bound Students Should Take the PSAT in the Fall

        Honors students need to take the PSAT as juniors to try to qualify for National Merit Awards. In addition to the scholarships given to Award Finalists, students may qualify for other merit scholarships and special scholarships given out to National Merit Semifinalists and Commended Students.

        In my experience, students who are commended or become semifinalists receive a lot of interest from colleges who want them to attend. The colleges vigorously recruit these students because it brings prestige to the college that they choose to attend.

        Other awards given to students who score high on the PSAT the fall of their junior year include the National Achievement Award, given to African-American students, and the National Hispanic Achievement Award, given to Hispanic students.

        11th Grade Year: All college-bound juniors should consider taking the SAT and ACT in the Spring.

        Taking the SAT and ACT during the junior year is important because if the student can get a good score, he or she can focus on taking college visits and finishing applications during the summer and early part of the fall of the senior year. Having a good score by the spring of the junior year will open doors and give the student more choices and more time to find the right fit. 

        In addition, if the student does not get the score up to what they need, they have an opportunity to work on it in the late spring or summer before their senior year and then take the test during the fall of their senior year.

        I strongly advise against postponing the SAT and ACT to the senior year — in other words, not taking either test at all until the student is a senior. It may take a few months to address any weaknesses the student may have. It is best to work on these deficiencies prior to the student’s senior year, if possible.

        Next SAT Tests will be in the Fall

        The June 6th National SAT was cancelled today by the College Board.  The next opportunity to take the SAT will be the test on August 29th.  The College Board is planning to add a test in September to accommodate demand.  Our Summer SAT classes will begin on June 26th.  We also have an ACT Class beginning on June 15th.  Click here to see the Summer Class Schedule:  Summer Schedule  Also, here is a link with more information from the College Board:  Announcement

        New prep subscription service

        We have added a new monthly subscription service that students can use to in their SAT and ACT prep plan.  It is ideal for longer term learning and will include video examples, mini-lessons on strategy and concepts, as well as practice activities.  We will add new content every week.  The monthly fee is $34 but there is a 15% off discount available for a limited time.  Here is the link for the service:  https://knowledge-guides.teachable.com/p/weekly-sat-and-act-prep

        If you have questions about this service, please contact us at 817-451-6200