ACT and PSAT/SAT Test Preparation
Planning for the Test
Ideally, we would like to hear from you 3 to 4 months prior to the test date so that we can help you create a test preparation plan that includes not only reviewing the material but also selecting the test dates that best meet the needs of the student.
If your student's time allows, we would like for the student to complete an ACT or SAT diagnostic test. Brainiac Tutoring will score the test promptly and provide a detailed report - including the Composite Score and Sub-scores. Our analysis will indicate the specific skills that need to be strengthened and how we propose to help. The amount of recommended instruction time depends upon the students' needs and commitment to completing assigned homework.
Our Test Preparation Focuses
Content knowledge - We will seek out the gaps in the student's English, Math, Reading, and Science knowledge. Once these gaps have been identified, we will provide instruction and assign practice to be completed during and in between sessions.
Test taking strategies - Students are taught the best strategies for taking the test.
Practice! Practice! Practice! -Taking sample tests can be helpful - but only after content gaps have been filled and test taking strategies have been learned. Once the tutor determines that the student is ready , the student will be asked to work through as many sample tests as possible given the time available. The key to improvement lies in going over the missed questions carefully to discover the causes of the errors. We do not want a student to practice making the same mistakes over and over again. So our tutors examine the students' work and discuss why the mistakes were made and how to avoid them in the future.
These steps take time. If at all possible, give us a call several months prior to the planned test date so that we can help plan the most effective, individualized plan for your student.