We encourage students to face Standardized Tests head on. Entrance to top schools and merit money begins with GPA and standardized test scores. It is worth the time and effort to prepare.
There is no magic, quick-fix to mastering standardized testing. It requires time and dedication, just like anything else in life. Luck is when preparation meets opportunity. Prepare.
Test anxiety often comes from lack of:
- familiarity with the test (sections and question types)
- confidence in abilities
- comfort with the academic material being tested
- endurance and speed (working under pressure for an extended period of time)
- self-knowledge of personal strengths and weaknesses
Our test prep strategy works to overcome all of these hurdles. It requires time, dedication and homework on the part of the student. The more the student puts into it, the more he or she gets out of it.
This is how we prepare students for standardized testing.
- Diagnostic Testing – Each student is required to take a practice test before customized tutoring begins. (EDNavigators offers true retired SAT and ACT exams.) For college admissions test-prep, one SAT and one ACT are required before prep begins.
- Customized Tutoring Plan: Once Diagnostic Test scores are analyzed, a customized tutoring plan is established.
- Tutoring: All tutoring is one-on-one. It includes a complete overview of the format of each test and the types of questions it. Customized tutoring sessions include going over past tests, learning testing strategies and working through weak areas. These sessions can be in person or in a virtual classroom. Student will have homework between sessions.
- More Practice Tests: Additional practice tests are also offered and recommended.
Time is Precious – Use it wisely – Feel confident that the time and money that is put into test-prep is truly engaging and worthwhile for the student… group test-prep sessions can waste a student’s time by covering material he or she already knows. EDNavigators offersONLY Custom One-on-One Standardized Test Prep to ensure that time spent is quality time.
ACT Specific Information and Test Prep
Big Picture Overview of the ACT
The ACT can be given either with or without writing
With Writing: The ACT is a three-hour, 35 minute test
The ACT with writing consists of five sections:
English: 75 questions, 45 minutes (Includes: Usage/Mechanics – Punctuation, Grammar and Usage, Sentence Structure Rhetorical Skills – Strategy, Organization, Style)
Math: 60 questions, 60 minutes (Covers: Pre-Algebra, Elementary Algebra, Intermediate Algebra, Coordinate Geometry, Plane Geometry, Trigonometry)
Reading: 40 questions, 45 minutes (Covers: Prose Fiction, Humanities, Social Studies, Natural Sciences)
Science: 40 questions, 35 minutes (Covers: Biology, Chemistry, Earth/Space Science, Physics)
Writing: 1 essay, 40 minutes
Without Writing: The ACT is a 2 hour, 55 minute test
The ACT without writing consists of all of the sections above except writing.
All ACT Prep is customized. A practice test is required before test prep begins. EDNavigators only gives true retired practice tests and provides a thorough overview of each section of the test when giving practice tests. After the practice test, EDNavigators provides and analyzes the diagnostic results and makes a recommendation on how many one-on-one sessions to schedule. A typical student meets for five sessions, but many students/families choose to meet more.