Don’t Stress – it’s just the Night Before SATs

Parents of college-bound teens and SAT test prep counselors know all too well the challenges related to getting teens prepped for the SAT, especially when it's Friday night, the night before SATs! Author and humorist Nancy Berk shares her take on that timely (and often dreaded) event in the following video excerpt from her book–College Bound and Gagged: How to Help Your Kid Get Into A Great College Without Losing Your Savings, Your Relationship, or Your Mind.   Like this video? Feel free to share or repost this video on your site, on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube and be sure to check out our ACT/SAT test prep 3-part guide published in conjunction with Bellcurves.  Expert tips on how to prepare for the SAT, ACT, PSAT: ALL YOU EVER NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE SAT AND...

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Expert Tips on How to Prepare for SAT/ACT Tests, Part 1: The Environment
Nov29

Expert Tips on How to Prepare for SAT/ACT Tests, Part 1: The Environment

Akil Bello ALL YOU EVER NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE SAT AND ACT: The Environment The following is Part 1 of our 4-part series on SAT/ACT test prep developed by Akil Bello, co-founder of Bell Curves: In my 20+ year career in test preparation, I’ve been asked at least 1000 times “what would you tell a child getting ready for the SAT or ACT?” My response is universally the same: “Prepare.” This short answer is really the best advice anyone can give anyone getting ready for any test. It’s what we all did for our driving test; its what we did for our weekly spelling test in 3rd grade; its what people do when they defend their dissertations in graduate school. This test is no different from any other in that preparation results in better scores. That being said, how one prepares for the SAT/ACT is very different than how one prepares for a test in school, so to help you out I’m going to give a bit more clarity to the truism “prepare.” The short list to the short answer: Prepare for the environment. Learn the scoring and content. (Re)Learn the content. Learn the tricks Now for the details: 1. Prepare for the environment. Taking the SAT or ACT is a very tough and strange experience for most kids and the PSAT or PLAN are like running a 5k to prepare for a marathon – it’s nice but not enough. To get yourself ready for the SAT/ACT you have to experience it. Think of it this way: if you were getting ready to perform a Chopin piece in Carnegie Hall would you prepare by playing Do-Re-Me at home? Probably not. You’ve got to simulate the full experience as much as you can. NFL Players will practice with crowd noise blaring in the background to simulate a loud stadium. You should do something similar. Take a full-length proctored practice test in a room with other kids (sniffling, tapping, grunting, and groaning when you are trying to concentrate). Take a full-length practice test with a proctor who doesn’t give a 5 minute warning. If you prepare for the testing environment you increase you chance of success on the day of the actual test. –>Continue to Part 2: Scoring. *** Akil Bello is co-founder of Bell Curves, a socially responsible test preparation and educational services company based in New York City. Since its inception, the company has developed a diverse clientele comprised of non-profit organizations, educational institutions, young professionals, and college and graduate school-bound students. For more tips on test prep, check out the Bell Curves Blog. Related SAT/ACT Test Prep...

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The 5 W’s of #CampusChat with Guest Akil Bello
Aug25

The 5 W’s of #CampusChat with Guest Akil Bello

WHO: Akil Bello (@akilbello), co-founder of Bell Curves. Contact: akil@bellcurves.com or  phone at 646-414-1586. WHAT: Tonight's topic is College Board Test Prep WHERE: #CampusChat on Twitter WHEN: 9 PM Eastern, August 25, 2010  WHY: "Change a life! Change the World!" These words headline the career web page on the Bell Curves site and the testimonials from former Bell Curves students indicate their lives were changed and their educational opportunities blossomed thanks to the company's test prep services.  Akil Bello co-founded the company after discovering his own passion for sharing knowledge and helping others achieve academic success through what he calls a happy accident: "I was a student of architecture and was looking for a part time job. My aunt worked for one of the big prep companies and pulled strings to get me hired, I turned out to be really good at it." Bell Curves is located in New York City and offers GMAT, LSAT, and SAT test preparation services as well as tutoring. Workshops are hosted online via live web-based classrooms and in traditional classroom settings.  Akil has been an active participant in #CampusChat and his contributions are smart, witty, perceptive and informative. Parents, college-bound teens and those enrolled in college considering graduate or law school are encouraged to join us tonight for more of Akil's insight and tips related to college test prep. You won't be bored, and your life may be changed from the experience.  Related Reading How to Rock on a Twitter Chat - Handshake 2.0 Twitter Tools for #CampusChat - SmartCollegeVisit 3 Easy Ways to Keep in Step with a Twitter Chat - Handshake 2.0 Takeaway Tweets & Transcripts from past CampusChats –...

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