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Top 10 Tips and Tricks for Anxious Test Takers

by Jeremy D. Rothstein, PhD Candidate, Psychology Stress and anxiety on test day can sap your working memory, and lower your performance. Below are some tips and tricks to help anxious test takers to perform at their peak! 1. Become as familiar with the test as possible. Complete practice sections. Complete MANY practice sections. If […]

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Summer Reading and Score Gains

I used to read all the time.  Or so I’m told.  As my mother tells me, I was always found with a book during the early years of my life.  I can’t say exactly why my reading habits changed—maybe it was sports, the release of the Nintendo 64, or learning to play the guitar—but by […]

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Thirty-Six Education Students’ Webinar

Thank you to everyone who attended our student webinar on how to improve your ACT score in a limited amount of time! We hope that you found the section by section analysis and various tips helpful. If you were unable to make the call or if you want to review the  material discussed, please click […]

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Thirty-Six Education Parents’ Webinar

Thank you to those who were able to attend the Thirty-Six Education Parents’ Webinar! We hope we were able to answer your questions on the upcoming SAT changes and the appropriate timeline of approach for students of all grade levels! If you would like to listen to a recording of the webinar and view the […]

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Choosing Between the ACT and the SAT

Choosing Between the ACT and the SAT American colleges and universities now accept either the SAT or ACT with no preference or prejudice, regardless of geographical region or school selectivity.  Students should take advantage of this fact and make sure they prepare for the test that better suits their academic history, processing speed, and problem-solving […]

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SAT changes and Test Preparation Timelines

By now, everyone has heard— the SAT is changing, and members of the class of 2017 get to be the first to take the new version.  We’ve gotten more and earlier tutoring inquiries from sophomore families than ever before— Should we prepare for the old SAT now?  Should we wait until next spring, when there are more materials and information available?  Should we skip the SAT altogether and focus on ACT? Should we take the old and new SAT? I thought it would be useful to offer some thoughts on how the pending changes to the SAT affect students’ test-prep timelines.

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April ACT Group Course

April ACT Group Course  Preparing for the April ACT exam? Thirty-Six Education is offering an intensive prep course beginning March 8th that will help students better understand the ACT and improve their scores. This course, designed for students of all levels, will include: a total of 15 hours of expert instruction. There will be 6 […]

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Three Important Tricks for the ACT English

While the ACT as a whole challenges test takers on time management and content, each individual section has a unique set of challenges that can trip up even the savviest of test takers. For example, even an avid reader and grammarian can end up with a lower score on the English section than what he or she may have expected. After reviewing the test it can often seem like many of the incorrect answers were the result of “silly mistakes.” What gives? The dirty little secret is this: the ACT loves these “silly mistakes,” and intentionally tries to trick you into getting you to make as many of them as possible. While the best way to power past these potential pitfalls is through much practice and solid guidance, there are a few rules of thumb that can be useful to anyone.

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Understanding Your PSAT Score

There is definitely value in the PSAT, but it’s not where you’ve been taught to look. The things that the College Board and high schools, especially elite ones, emphasize—National Merit recognition, the well-formatted analysis of which content areas a student needs to improve on, and the advance preparation for the real SAT—are not actually the most valuable elements of the PSAT/NMSQT. Sure, the PSAT provides some insight on how a student is likely to perform on the SAT, and it does offer students “test-taking experience” for what that’s worth. In this regard, the PSAT is like the preseason scrimmage of standardized — a shorter, practice version of the real thing that lets you measure up against “the competition” (in this case, other students).

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Then and Now, Changes in Standardized Tests

As Bob Dylan said so many years ago, “The times, they are a-changin”—and this rings true for standardized testing as much as for any other aspect of a high school student’s life. Even as record percentages of high school students matriculate to colleges, top schools in the US have never been harder to get in to. For better or worse, this trend places even more importance on testing—one of the most important aspects of college admissions success.

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