Standardized Test Prep – Be prepared, not paranoid
May28

Standardized Test Prep – Be prepared, not paranoid

Make use of our test prep tips so you can feel prepared, not paranoid.

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Test Prep
May22

Test Prep

Nothing puts anxiety in a student’s head more than standardized tests. But, love ’em or hate ’em, they are an integral part of the college admissions process. Try these five easy test prep tips, no panicking allowed!

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Free Downloads from Smart College Visit
Dec04

Free Downloads from Smart College Visit

Some free resources to help you along your college journey: COLLEGE / CAMPUS VISITS Student-to-Student Questions to Ask on a College Visit (PDF) – keep this list of questions handy and note how answers vary by student and by each campus you visit. Campus Visit Evaluation Form (PDF) – keep track of each visit, likes and dislikes, and any other notes to better help you evaluate (and later remember) each college. SAT / ACT TEST PREP All You Ever Need to Know about SAT and ACT (PDF) – published by Bell Curves and Smart College Visit, this guide covers four areas of test prep to help you prepare for the SAT or ACT: environment, scoring, content and test taking tricks. COLLEGE VISIT TRAVEL PLANNING Smart Fuel Calculator (online) – Easy to use fuel calculator to help plan costs when visiting colleges. College Visit Tip: To save money on travel to visit colleges, create you own travel bundle and book hotel and flight together on Smart College...

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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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Takeaway Tweets & Transcript from #CampusChat with Kaplan Test Prep

Would you friend a College Admissions Officer? I'm hard-pressed to pick the best takeaway tweet from Wednesday night's CampusChat on June 15, 2011. Led by guest, Eitan Dantzig, online college admissions expert, at Kaplan Test Prep, many of us were surprised by stats related to Facebook friend requests and college admissions, as well as the amount of scholarship dollars that go unclaimed due to lack participation by the college-bound audience. Here are two tweets that addresssed these topics: KaplanSATACT: Q1- 80% of college admissions officers in our 2010 survey said they’d been friended by applicants #CampusChat  1 day ago via web · Reply · View Tweet KaplanSATACT: Q5- There's something for everyone. BILLIONS of scholarship $$ go unclaimed every year b/c no one applied! #CampusChat  1 day ago via web · Reply · View Tweet To learn more from the @KaplanSATACT #CampusChat, read the the Takeaway Tweets below. The Takeaways are loaded with great tips for summer college prep for high school sophomores and juniors (and younger teens) covering Facebook  and social media for teens, scholarship search, and SAT / ACT test...

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